At least seven things I learned about Church Planting…

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…

Christmas Greetings

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

The Assembly Marriage Decision: Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Assembly’s Decision on Marriage – a personal reflection

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.

The Assembly, Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships

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

Who is Jesus to bring God’s news?

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Dear Friends and Colleagues in Ministry, especially in the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery of the UCA, but also to you if you’re not and read this by accident, All God’s rich blessings be with you for the Holy and United Season of Adventpartieschristmasfeastingbeachsnoozingepiphanyreadingnewbookstravelcricketlongweekend and my prayers for the coming season of Backtoworkagaintogetreadyforlent. Christmas … Continue reading Who is Jesus to bring God’s news?