Category Archives: Random Musings

From the thesis: The Church and the Law

From the late nineteen sixties the predecessors of the Uniting Church called for the decriminalisation of male homosexuality, and in the eighties and nineties the leadership of the Uniting Church supported the addition of sexuality to the prohibited grounds of discrimination in equal opportunity legislation. Continue reading

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Reflection: Help me, great and powerful internet community

I have twelve bookcases in my two-bedroom flat. I live surrounded by several thousand books – and as long I don’t leave a lighted candle too close to any of them this isn’t a problem. But I also live surrounded by … Continue reading

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Reflection: Very, very initial and tentative thoughts on Palestine and Israel

I have returned from Palestine and Israel a more fervent supporter of the two state solution than I was when I entered it. There must be two states in the Holy Land, where Jews, Christians and Muslims can live in peace. There is no alternative. In support of this, countries like Australia much condemn all breaches of international law, whoever commits them. Continue reading

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Speech: #BustTheBudget

We’re not a country divided into lifters and leaners. We’re a community of neighbours who care for each other. At least, that’s the Australia I want to be part of. Continue reading

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Some relaxing reading

This is a lovely, gentle romance; almost a ‘Georgette Heyer’ set in Scotland. I can understand why of all Bruce’s “Colmskirk” stories this was the one most reprinted. The bits of Scots might be a little hard for some to … Continue reading

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From the Forum on Same-Sex Marriage; the case for ‘maybe’

Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages? Maybe When it comes to marriage, my head and my heart are split. In the six years that I’ve been a minister of the Uniting Church, and thus a registered religious marriage celebrant, I’ve … Continue reading

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Event: Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages?

First in a Spring Series of Controversial Questions: Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages? 7.30 pm, Wednesday the 11th of September, 2013 Williamstown Uniting Church-Electra St Moderator: Rev. Alex Sangster ‘Yes’: Rev. Peter Weeks ‘No’: Rev. Dr Garry Deverell ‘Maybe’: … Continue reading

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