A word from a wise 14-year-old
“What do you fear the most… No seriously what do you fear the most? I’m asking this because we all have fears and we all have different ways of facing them. Like with having a fear of heights, you can just look away from the edge; or a fear of spiders, you could kill it […]
Talking about Race with Teenagers
There is so much that goes on in our world today, and unfortunately not all of it is positive. The reality is that even though we live in such a multicultural society, many people still experience various degrees of racism. It’s not always easy to have conversations around race and racism with peers, co-workers and […]
Breathe, Reflect, Wonder, Listen..
I want to start by saying – You have all done an amazing job of just living through this pandemic. I must confess I was surprised to see I will have almost a month off in coming weeks and I know that many of you will be preparing for likewise. Once we get past the […]
SRE – an opportunity to share the love of God in the community!
Did you know that in NSW ACT Synod we have over 260 people teaching scripture every week from the Uniting Church. If everyone of them only taught 1 class of 25 children they have shared the good news of Jesus with 6,500 children EVERY WEEK!!!! We know that some of these teachers teach many more […]
Investing in your most valuable resource
We spend a lot of money maintaining the buildings we meet in, and on the programs we run – but are we spending it in the right places? In 2 Samuel 7 David reflects on the housing disparity that had become the norm – as King he was living in a very fancy building, while […]
Hard but necessary conversations
Recently I was blessed to be part of a Webinar on a topic that isn’t easily approached not only in the church but in our communities in general. I was given the opportunity to join UCA President Dr. Deidre Palmer, Rev. Dr. Matangi Vilitama, Alison Overeem and Pastor Levon Kardashian for this month’s Church and […]
Are you ready? Every congregation, Emerging Gen ready!
At Pulse we have a dream, we would like to see every Uniting Church in the Synod prepared and ready, for any child, family, youth or young adult that comes into their church. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, your congregation can be ready and prepared for any young people that come […]
To Halloween or not to Halloween, is that a question?
It is amazing how your attitude towards things changes over time. Before kids I was so anti-Halloween, I believed it was an American Pagan tradition, that Australia and Christians should have no part in! It was just a cheap tacky way for companies to make money. Add to that the whole for the rest of […]
How a kid’s lunch can save your church
You could almost blink and miss it. A small boy offers up the five barley loaves and two fish packed for him as lunch so that Jesus might reveal to everyone who he really is. I recently had the privilege to share a message at my home church, Terrigal Uniting. Never one to miss an […]
GUEST POST | Our home group during COVID
Our “home group” has been meeting fortnightly in the same house for a while. We share a cuppa and some food, catch up on what’s happening, do a bible study of some sort and pray together. Back in March, like everything else, our group stopped meeting in response to the emerging pandemic. We met a […]