I have a diverse range of friends. Some friends are Christians. Some friends are atheists. Some friends are agnostic and some are exploring a variety of faith traditions and expressions of spirituality. In a recent conversation with one friend - who I imagine sits somewhere between being an atheist and agnostic - he was highlighting that the oldest physical copies of...

At Richmond Uniting Church we stand in solidarity with all those who seek to care for the earth. This is because we understand the earth as the Divine's good creation. This is not some simplistic literalist understanding of the earth being made in 6 days. The biblical text makes it clear that creation stories are not meant to be understood literally,...

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...

The sacred text of the bible is sometimes used as a weapon. This likely comes as no surprise. Humans have an awesome capacity for good and we also have a huge capacity for hurting one another. We see this reality in the way in which we humans engage with the world around us. The internet is being used to build community, inspire...

When I was studying to be a minister, a friend once confided in me that he did not believe in creation in 6 days. I was horrified, not because he didn’t believe this, but because he thought that I did believe this, and he thought that this was what Christian faith is about. The sacred texts of Christian - and Jewish-...