The Basis of Union, Manifesto for Renewal, and the China Christian Council

I’ve recently finished a revised edition of my very first book, Manifesto for Renewal (1986). Essentially this 30th anniversary edition is the same book that was published in 1986 but, I hope, a… Continue reading

Strategy, culture and theological imagination

Several months ago, in my final video message as UCA President, I mentioned  that I’d decided to “fast” from western theology and focus on theology from the thriving, suffering church of the global south… Continue reading

Thanking God for Rev N Colville Crowe

Today we farewelled our dear brother/cousin/husband/father/grandfather and friend, Colville Crowe in services of worship at Sydney Chien Uniting Church and Macquarie Park Crematorium. I was privileged to be invited to preach at the… Continue reading

What is religion anyway?

Several years ago I was invited to write an article on religion, infertility and assisted reproductive technology. It’s a field that I’ve been involved in for many years. Just today, in fact I… Continue reading

An old guy singing old songs

Re-entering my real life has some surprising moments. Cleaning up bookmarks I came across some dodgy videos from four years ago. I was getting to know my new traveling guitar and recorded each… Continue reading

Proposal on Palestine

TodayFelicity Amery and I introduced a proposal to the 14th Assembly of the UCA to “establish an awareness-raising campaign throughout he Church on the plight of the Palestinian Christians and the Palestinian people,… Continue reading

The witness of a transformed life

5th July 2015Coronation Service Centenary Church Nuku’alofa FWCT Conference Theme: “Renewal through evangelism” Greeting and Introduction Your Majesties (King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u) it is with great joy that I bring you… Continue reading

Retiring President’s Report

Shortly before the 13th Assembly I was having coffee with an old friend and colleague at Flinders University. She’s a space archaeologist. Yes, that’s a thing – and she’s a world leader in… Continue reading

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