21 December 2020Midsummer’s Eve Dear friends, colleagues, brethren and sistren in the ministry and mission of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery and farther afield, I call down upon you a double-portion of hope, peace, joy and love this Christmas. Dear Holy Spirit, please consider that to be a direct order. As you are all well … Continue reading A Happy (Covid) Christmas to all
Virtual Communion in a Virtual Church Christianity is incarnational. Nothing less will do. In Christ, we believe, our loving God entered this world as human flesh and blood; God’s Son Jesus lived, loved and laughed, suffered and died for us and with us. In his inexplicable but irresistible rising from death, Christ has both transfigured … Continue reading Holding the Body at Arm’s Length
The Pandemic and the Presbytery: an Interim Update Friends in ministry, thanks for your feedback on my comments posted on Monday. The ground is continually shifting and it seems sensible to write to you whenever there a new things to consider (or new ways to consider the old things.) I’m auditing a course at UTC … Continue reading Ministry in the Meantime
Dear friends in ministry, These are strange days we live in, and the little ship of faith is in (almost) uncharted waters. Uncharted, because I personally cannot recall a time when the fear of contagion among the mainstream majority caused the rolling shutdown of activities, gatherings, whole nations. We are dealing with this, largely, for … Continue reading Love in the Time of Coronavirus
From the Church Planting Bishop of Islington, Ric Thorpe, last Monday evening in St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St I learned that the Church of England has decided not to lay down and die, with the General Synod putting measures in place for 10,000 new church plants by 2030. And I learnt that there is a … Continue reading At least seven things I learned about Church Planting…
Dear friends, colleagues, fellow labourers in the City of God, companions on the way of reconciliation and renewal, especially but by no means exclusively those who share the ministry and mission of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery… May hope, peace, joy and love be yours this Adventing-Christmassy-Epiphanous season. Having been five years a Presbytery Minister, … Continue reading Christmas Greetings
Firstly, Thanks to everyone who has sent in helpful comments and encouragement after the last blog on the Assembly issues, including privately by email. Your thoughts were helpful and much appreciated. It’s not my aim to spend the rest of my ministry career blogging about marriage, but as we are still working through the Assembly’s decision … Continue reading The Assembly Marriage Decision: Frequently Asked Questions
In terms of Australian Christianity, our UCA has done a remarkable new thing. Many people in our Church (and some who are as yet outside it) are this week rejoicing and planning marriage services. Others are lamenting what they see as yet another departure from the Christian tradition and some may be intending to leave. Many others are in between, dealing with their curiosity, misgivings, or the simple process of coping with change in a changing world.
Members, Ministers and Friends of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia, Next Wednesday evening, 9 May, members of the Presbytery and of its congregations and ministries are invited to meet for information and discussion of the Uniting Church’s response to the changes to the Marriage Act. The coming 15th Assembly … Continue reading The Assembly, Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships
Dear Presbytery Friends and Colleagues, It’s past time to wish you a happy new year, and hope you had some sort of refreshing break over the summer, etc. It’s well past the long weekend, and the paper-shuffling few days before February, when work must begin in earnest. Yes, I did, thank you for asking. A … Continue reading Welcome baaa-ack!