Category Archives: Random Musings

Talk for Wisdom’s Feast: Why the Church of Latter Day Geeks

As part of Wisdom’s Feast, a conference and education event held at the Uniting Church’s Centre for Theology and Ministry, six people were asked to give short talks on something about which they felt passionate. I wasn’t given a choice … Continue reading

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Reflection: In which Avril has an epiphany and decides to tithe

Not so much a sermon as a meandering reflection on Christian attitudes to money, with possibly some over-sharing on my part. 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Luke 12:13-21 Earlier this week I had an epiphany; a sudden realisation about the way in … Continue reading

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Reflection: There’s no such thing as a solitary hero

On Sunday, June 30, the Third Annual Service of the Church of Latter Day Geeks was held at Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra St. These were the readings, and this was the ‘sermon’.

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Women in the Uniting Church: By a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant Historian (to quote the immortal Jane)

This is the lecture that I gave on ‘Women in the Uniting Church’ as part of Uniting Church Studies at the Centre for Theology and Ministry. There is a lot more here than I shared on the day; the topic … Continue reading

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Prolegomena on the use of Social Media in Ministry

Over the past decade social media have taken over the world; or at least those parts of the world with access to the internet. As may appear obvious, social media are called that because they’re social; in contrast to broadcast … Continue reading

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The Conclusion to my PhD Thesis

Looking back at my thesis, which I wrote in 2003, I wonder if my conclusions were accurate. Ten years’ on, what do other people think? Conclusion The (homo)sexuality debate in the Uniting Church in Australia began before the Church was … Continue reading

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The Uniting Church discusses sexuality

Recently, in the course of a conversation on Facebook, someone suggested that the Uniting Church hadn’t done any biblical and theological reflection before accepting that presbyteries can ordain people in same-sex relationships. My experience as an historian is that the … Continue reading

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