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...

I love radio. I love listening to informed interviews, as I learn about science, philosophy, politics and history. But at times, when the conversation turns to religion, the assumptions that drive these conversations are based on superficial renderings of Christianity (and perhaps other religions too, but I can only speak from deep knowledge about Christian faith). I once heard Phillip Adams on...

  While political leaders like President Trump may seek to claim Christ as their Lord, when they embody power in ways contrary to Christ, they are, in actuality, taking the Lord’s name in vain. This is because in Jesus the Christ our whole understanding of power is deconstructed, despite the fact that often those in the church, as well as those beyond...

As the new year begins to unfurl I would like to share with you a blessing from a thinker whose work I have found enriching at various points in my life. John O’Donohue’s writings, blessings and poems go far beyond easy answers.  Here the depths, the suffering, the joy and the complexities of life are acknowledged and attended to with sensitivity...

Over the last few weeks appalling images of suffering have been beaming into our homes from Syria. We see innocent people caught in the crossfire of devastating violence. Human ugliness is on full display in this violence and our hope can be drained. However, at the same time, people from across different faiths and cultures are also responding with compassion and...