Tag Archives: Uniting Church

Sermon: We can’t choose our (church) family

It’s a cliché that we can’t choose our family, and that applies to our church family as well. After all, if God has welcomed even us into the family, how can we deny that welcome to others? Continue reading

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Sermon: Against Domestic Violence

Looking at the example of Jesus, we can be equally clear that gender equality and the complete condemnation of domestic violence are gospel imperatives. Continue reading

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Sermon: More about justice (really, Avril is obsessed)

Whenever we find ourselves tired and frustrated by injustice in the world, remember the story of the campaign against slavery. Continue reading

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Sermon for the World Day of Prayer: Not much about Cuba but a lot about Child Abuse

To the great sorrow and shame of the churches, we no longer automatically inspire trust and loyalty and affection in our relationships with children. Continue reading

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Sermon: Friendship, refugees, asylum seekers, and a birthday

In the story of David and Jonathan, as in the story of Ruth and Naomi, we see that Jesus’ ancestors valued friendship as highly as Jesus himself did. We are called to follow in the footsteps of them all, and be friends with people across the barriers of age and birthplace and tradition. Continue reading

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Sermon: Avril talks about “boat people” – again

Sermon for Williamstown Uniting Church August 10, 2014; Ordinary 19 Matthew 14:22-33 Listening to today’s gospel reading is one of those times when our twenty-first century Australian mindset can create a problem. Most Australians are happy coastal dwellers, much more … Continue reading

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No, the church shouldn’t celebrate same-sex marriages – Part 2

In this part Rev. Dr Garry Deverell explains why he believes marriage is a heterosexual institution.

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