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Built for Change

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:37:24 +0000

Wow. It’s almost a year since I posted anything here on the Postkiwi blog. I’ve come back to start a new series on books I’m reading in relation to my work as Uniting Learning Network Director for the Uniting Church in Australia, NSW/ACT Synod. First on the list is Steve Taylor‘s Built For Change: A …

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Disillusionment Reality and Rejuvenation

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:22:21 +0000

Tonight in Being The Church, the subject Chris Walker and I are teaching at United Theological College this semester, we looked at Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s reflections on disillusionment in his little book “Life Together”. Bonhoeffer must have gone through his own experiences of deep disappointment as he watched colleagues buy into the Nationalist Socialism version of …

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On Assembling in Perth

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:50:56 +0000

It’s a week now since I returned from a week spent at the Uniting Church in Australia’s triennial Assembly, held at University of Western Australia. I was there as a member elected by the NSW/ACT Synod, joining approximately 265 members of the Uniting Church in Australia, along with office holders, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian …

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Who do we say that you are?

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:02:44 +0000

Here’s the prayer of adoration and confession I used in the opening worship service at United Theological College on Monday. The gospel reading was Mark 8:31-38, including the questions Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am” and “Who do you say that I am?”. I took on the challenge of writing …

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Get Yourself a Gravatar

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:03:37 +0000

I had a colleague call me today for advice on obtaining a Gravatar account. He’s writing an article for an online magazine and the editor suggested that having a Gravatar would provide an automatically generated photograph in his author’s profile. “What’s a gravatar?,” you may ask. It’s a globally recognised avatar – a photograph or …

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To dust you shall return

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:26:18 +0000

Today at the Centre for Ministry staff, students and participants in the Uniting Church NSW/ACT Social Justice Forum were invited to participate in an Ash Wednesday service. Thirty or so people gathered to sing, be quiet, listen to scripture, and pray. I must admit I’m not a big fan of the season of Lent. Growing …

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Etamoogah Conversation

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:07:08 +0000

I spent a couple of hours in the Etamoogah Pub, Rouse Hill, tonight, meeting up with fellow travellers on the missional church journey. Matt Stone, who I’ve connected with as a fellow blogger over the last ten years, made an expression of interest in forming a monthly “thinkers group”. We were joined by Rob Thomson …

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Worship Education in the Uniting Church

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:09:34 +0000

I’ve just spent two days in Adelaide meeting with a range of people with a responsibility for education of worship leaders across the Uniting Church in Australia. Hosted by the Assembly Worship Working Group, the symposium was designed to explore the question of quality of worship leadership. Is there a Uniting Church approach to worship? …

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What to call a college

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:35:18 +0000

In my role as Director of the Uniting Learning Network, in the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT, I’m exploring the possibility of renaming the theological college based at 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta. This exploration is associated with the integration of resourcing consultants and associated educators alongside current and new academic faculty, ministry formation leaders and …

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What I learned in Tory Street

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:38:29 +0000

I’ve just been in Wellington, NZ, for a few days holiday, visiting family and friends, and reconnecting with important aspects of my identity. The first three nights were spent in a hotel in Tory Street, the street I worked in for six years between 1994 and 2000 while with the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa Assembly …

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