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...

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...

Last year during the national debate about Marriage Equality in Australia, Richmond Uniting Church Council voted to display posters supporting marriage equality out the front of our church.  This decision was made knowing that not all Uniting Church’s shared this view, but out of the deep concern that some Christian churches were claiming to speak for all Christians, as they...

A common question asked of people of religious faith is ‘how can there be a God if there is so much suffering and evil in the world?’ Bob Carr raised this objection in the Good Weekend recently (23/06/2018). Sometimes this question is a genuine one, asked as people wrestle with the stark realities of pain and tragedy and consider the possibility...