Author Archives: Avril Hannah-Jones

Covid19 Diary 9

I have seen enough disasters in my time as an emergency chaplain to know that they don’t change people. The generous are still generous; the greedy still greedy. People act either courageously or with cowardice, but the roots of both were always in them. Continue reading

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Reflection: THIS is who we are

when we make mistakes, when the evil we do not want is what we do, we are still, always, no matter what, God’s children Continue reading

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Sermon: We are not what we do

If we keep the difference between shame and guilt in mind as we read today’s Bible passage, we can see that Paul is talking about guilt, about his behaviour, about his own actions, not about his identity. Continue reading

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Reflection: We are good enough

We are the beloved children of God, made in the image of God, those for whom Jesus demonstrated his love by dying for us – of course we are always enough! Continue reading

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Reflection: Choosing the Gospel

Reflection for Western Heights 21st of June, 2020 Matthew 10:24-39 and Refugee Week I have to confess that the Gospel according to Matthew is my least favourite. (For those interested, my ranking of the canonical gospels is Luke, John, Mark, … Continue reading

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Reflection: ‘Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?’

Australia is a country that has not yet come to terms with its racist past, or indeed its racist present. Will it ever be able to? ‘Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?’ Continue reading

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Covid19 Diary 8

Samuel Pepys: June 10, 1665 In the evening home to supper, and there to my great trouble hear that the plague is come into the City (though it hath these three or four weeks since its beginning been wholly out … Continue reading

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Reflection: The Trinity (why it’s a very cool doctrine)

the doctrine of the Trinity reminds us that God is in God’s very self a community of love. And since we are made in God’s image we too are made to exist in community Continue reading

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Reflection: Pentecost demands Reconciliation

History reminds us that, sadly, when the church preached the gospel here in Australia it was often the furthest thing from ‘good news’. It was accompanied with racism, violence, and dispossession. Continue reading

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Sermon: The Ascension isn’t about dangling feet

Reflection for Western Heights Uniting ChurchFeast of the Ascension, 24th of May, 2020 Acts 1:1-11 Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension, a part of the story of Jesus that we often ignore. It is such an important … Continue reading

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