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

“Blessed are the merciful…”

On Wednesday evening I spoke briefly at the Amnesty International vigil on the forecourt of Adelaide’s Pilgrim Uniting Church. The vigil was for all those on death row in Indonesia. As the names… Continue reading

Learning from Finkenwalde

This year includes the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). Never heard of him? There’s a brief acount of his life and work here. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/martyrs/bonhoeffer.html A conference is taking place… Continue reading

“I want to be part of my church too”

It was wonderful to end my year the way it began – in the company of an inspirational group of the UCA’s young adults. They came to the National Young Leaders Conference (NYALC)… Continue reading