I love being in ministry in Richmond. It is not just because the Tigers have been my team since I was a child. It is not just because being located in the inner city means that  you get to mix with a wildly diverse group of people; artists, people seeking asylum, academics, people who are homeless, retired people and students. I also love...

During the last week hundreds of people in the Uniting Church gathered for a 5 day meeting.  Some of these people were from Tasmania, some were from Victoria. Some of these people were lay people, some were ordained.  Some of these people were in the 70s, some were in the 20s, with many in between.  And some of these meeting...

At present in our community, across the airwaves and across social media platforms, a great deal of shrill rhetoric and hate speech is spewing out. This is exhausting to consume. Furthermore  this kind of speaking and judging of one another (on all sides) does little to edify our thinking or doing or being. For followers of Jesus we are confronted with the...

At the moment we are facing a variety of complex debates in our society. Just to name two, debates about Euthanasia and Marriage Equality are continuing to incite passion and cause pain. In both these debates the term ‘Christian’ is used and misused, by individuals and lobby groups, as well as by some in the media.  This misuse occurs when it...

This week the ugly reality that some Christian communities in Australia endorse violence against women has (again) been exposed. Not only is violence condoned in these communities, but people who are women and people who are men are told that only one segment of their communities, those people who are men, ‘naturally’ have the right to make decisions and to...

As the minister at Richmond Uniting Church I regularly spend time with people who are experiencing homelessness. People who have, very often, had a series of devastating experiences and who are now close to rock bottom. People who still maintain a sense of humour and warmth. People who are making the best of awful situations. At Richmond Uniting we are committed...

Over the last few weeks Ben Myers, the Uniting Church Lecturer in Systematic Theology in Sydney, has written some nearly 60 tweets all about the doctrine of the Trinity. Tweets have to be short and this brevity can provide discipline.  Myers’ tweets are precise, rich in meaning and draw from deep engagement with theology. These tweets are also, often, funny. Myers has...

Over the last few weeks violence has exploded in different parts of our beautiful, broken global village. Around the world many of us are reeling from witnessing the cowardly targeting of people in Manchester going to a concert, the killing of Christians in Egypt travelling on a bus to a monastery and a brazen attack against people in the United States...

The Uniting Church was birthed in Australia as the Congregationalists, Methodists and Presbyterians came together in June 1977. The journey to union took time, debate and deep discernment.  The reason the Uniting Church is called 'Uniting' rather than 'United' is because this work is not finished.  Our church yearns for - and seeks to work towards  - the world wide Christian...

The cross and the resurrection are a double provocation. First there is the shock of the cross.  In Jesus, Word made flesh, we are confronted with the Divine who is utterly humble and self-giving, who is willing to endure our violence rather than inflict it.  In the cross we are confronted with the God who does not embody power like we...