Anger, Justice, Love - A reflection on Isiah 5.1-7 and Luke 12.49-56 by Rev. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Uniting Church, Sunday 18 August 2019. Copy this link into your podcast player of choice if you would like to receive updates as they are released https://anchor.fm/s/c70d97c/podcast/rss...

In western culture suffering and death are taboo topics. However, avoiding talking about suffering does not alleviate it and trite comments of sympathy are of little help, and often cause a great deal damage. We need to talk about suffering, below is a link to a reflection on a Christian theology of suffering...

Exploring Jesus’ disruption of patriarchal expectations and the call to be integrated, reflecting the qualities of both Martha and Mary. Rev Dr Sally Douglas’ reflection at Richmond Uniting on Luke 10.38-42, Sunday 21st July 2019. Copy this link into your podcast player of choice if you would like to receive updates as they are released https://anchor.fm/s/c70d97c/podcast/rss ...

Around Australia debates have raged this week about Christianity, free speech, the LGBTQI community and what the bible says. Huge amounts of hate, anger, hurt and misrepresentations of the bible have been spawned by these debates. This Sunday, one of the readings in the lectionary (the weekly list of bible readings set out for worship in the world wide church) was...

There has been some recent discussion, and misinformation, about the Uniting Church in the national media. That a journalist would misrepresent people of religion is not a new phenomenon. Within the context of this episode of hurtful mis-information, I am grateful to our President Dr Deidre Palmer for clarifying the unity and diversity within the Uniting Church: https://crosslight.org.au/2019/05/27/uca-reaffirms-same-gender-marriage-stance/. In line with Uniting...

All around the world followers of Jesus are celebrating the church season of Easter. They are celebrating the strange, unexpected heart conviction that death and violence do not have the final word: that in Jesus - the humble, holy, human face of God - risen life is stronger than all deathliness and death dealing. However, while we celebrate this conviction, this...

Leigh Sales, Australian Journalist and author, has written an important book about suffering and death Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life. While is it ok to talk about sex in our culture, for many, suffering and death talk are the new taboo. Sales choice to raise the profile of this out...

We live in a curious time in which so many people in the Western world know so little about Christianity. On one level this may seem like a trivial byproduct of the decline of Christendom. However there are dangerous consequences that fall out from this reality. One of the consequences of this collective distance from the accounts of Jesus, is that...

When people find out that I am a minister (and not the political kind) often their first question is 'what do you do?' Do you lead worship /mass/ services on Sundays? Often people struggle for the words to describe this. I answer that I do. Then sometimes, the next question people ask is 'but what do you do on the other...