Tag Archives: Uniting Church

Sermon: Day of Mourning

Today, the Sunday before the 26th of January, is commemorated by the Uniting Church as a Day of Mourning, remembering that while the raising of the Union Jack in Sydney Cove was ultimately wonderful for all the Second Peoples who have been able to live here, it was the beginning of centuries of dispossession, disease, and violence for Australia’s First Peoples. Continue reading

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Reflection for the 44th anniversary of the creation of the Uniting Church

We ordain both women and men to the Ministry of the Word because we believe ordination without discrimination on grounds of gender is a fundamental implication of the gospel of God’s love in Christ for all human beings, without distinction. For this our understanding we appeal to Scripture as testimony to the living Word, which is Christ. Continue reading

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Reflection: God our Rock

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Continue reading

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Sermon for Carlynne’s Ordination

Carlynne, it is absolutely vital that you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in opposition to the deadly hatred we see spewed by so many. Continue reading

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Why the Uniting Church should be louder about its LGBTIQ inclusion

There is evidence to suggest that being louder about the fact that the Uniting Church unconditionally welcomes LGBTIQ people as members, ordains LGBTIQ people as ministers, and allows same-sex couples to be married in churches, is just good advertising. Continue reading

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Reflection on the sexual abuse of children

As a minister I am aware of how much respect ordained people are given by our communities, and for abusers to have misused that utterly appals me. Continue reading

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Reflection: Notes from 20 years of the Uniting Church’s sexuality debate

I remember that moment and the Presbytery’s unanimous, unquestioning endorsement. Continue reading

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Reflection: Marriage for Eureka Street

I wrote something for Eureka Street. You can read it here. Enjoy.

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Reflection: My chains fell off, my heart was free

I am proud of the Uniting Church and of every member of the Assembly who discerned a way forward with grace and humility. Continue reading

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Sermon: Can we speak of Joy after the Royal Commission?

Hope and joy come from God’s love of justice. And so we know that God was at work in the Royal Commission, as God is at work in every human endeavour that strives for peace and wholeness. Continue reading

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