Theological Diversity in the Uniting Church

Crosslight asked me to write this column for their July issue. There are important, confronting issues in the affirmation of diversity. I thought I’d share it here for those who miss the Crosslight… Continue reading

Gutierrez on Bonhoeffer

In my final Anniversary Message to the Uniting Church in Australia I mentioned that I was going to “fast” from theology from the global north. (You’ll have to see the video to understand why.) Just… Continue reading

Is there a Uniting Church theology?

Given the astonishing diversity within the Uniting Church in Australia, the question just keeps coming up. The Uniting Church actually set out to be quite unremarkable theologically – just Christian, as authentically and… Continue reading

A national consultation on remote area ministry – my introductory remarks

It’s late. I’m in my room after the opening of the fabulous Tongan National Conference of the UCA. But until midday I’d been involved in a national consultation on remote area ministry. It… Continue reading

Before the arrival of the colonisers… before God called Abraham

After a wonderful morning of worship I was enjoying lunch in a Batak restaurant with ministers and lay leaders of HKBP Surdiman Jakarta. The conversation turned to the origins of the Batak church… Continue reading

CCA 2015 Random notes. Connected thoughts.

Just some random notes from Jakarta before I go to bed. During the opening worship this morning, the CCA remembered significant leaders of the Asian ecumenical movement who have died since the last… Continue reading

CCA 2015 “Living Together in the Household of God”

I’m attending the 14th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia, in Jakarta. 101 member churches and 17 member ecumenical councils, from 22 countries. The Assembly operates in English (as the only practical… Continue reading

From “ordered Liberty” to “holy shambles”: a journey in Christian worship

I was helping to lead the closing worship at the National Young Adult Leaders’ Conference in Sydney last year. My tasks were to present a Bible study and lead the celebration of the… Continue reading

What happened on Thursday morning?

We’d been considering proposed changes to the constitution of NCCA Ltd. They were now becoming urgent after a reorganisation of the National Council of Churches in Australia last year. We were all… governance,… Continue reading

On (not) giving up stuff for Lent

Just a pastoral note: not all Christians give up things for Lent. I’ve been asked about this again this year by Uniting Church folk. It’s normal for Catholics and for a lot of… Continue reading