Posts by West Epping UCA

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Are You On The Move? ~ by John Barr

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Today we view the new manse.  The project is just about complete as Radhika and Adrian prepare to move in. Moving is an occupational hazard for ministers.  During our married life Laurel and I have moved, on average, every four years.  It’s a real chore.  I must admit the presence of a cardboard carton or […]

On Being Forgiven ~ by John Barr

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In an interview Donald Trump commented he does not regret ever asking God for forgiveness.  This is partially, the President says, because he “doesn’t have much to apologize for.” Donald Trump’s forthright comments make big headlines.  There are many examples, especially with the President’s current run-in with the media. But we are mistaken if we […]

Asking Too Much? ~ by John Barr

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Have you ever thought God asks too much of you? I must admit there are times when I think so.  The pressures of ministry means I often go to bed of a night burdened with the thought of so many uncompleted tasks.  Here God seems pretty tough. Then there are the tragedies of life.  We […]

An Inclusive Community ~ by John Barr

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One of the things I really appreciate about the Uniting Church is our commitment to being an inclusive community.  Our focus is on the reconciliation of people with one another and with God.  Here everyone is valued, everyone is nurtured.  Everyone has a place. With this in mind I have been keenly interested in the […]

Moving On ~ by John Barr

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Did you know that the “typical” Australian is a 38-year-old married woman with two children?  She is of English ancestry and her parents were both born in Australia.  Having completed Year 12 she lives in a three-bedroom house with two cars.  The typical Australian male is 37 years old. Preliminary data released from the recent […]

The Manchester Working Bee ~ by John Barr

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Tragedies often bring out the best in people.  Sam Barber is no exception.  With a commitment to raising thousands of pounds to support victims of the recent terror attack in the Manchester, Sam has initiated a program to encourage artists from all over the city to tattoo locals with the mark of the famous Manchester […]

Euthanasia ~ by John Barr

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Referring to a “good death”, the term “euthanasia” is derived from the Greek “eu” (“well’ or “good”) and “thanatos” (“death”).  It is known these days as the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.  In Britain, euthanasia is defined as “a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of […]

Mother’s Day ~ by John Barr

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I wonder what you are doing today for Mother’s Day?  My mother and grandmothers are all deceased.  So, for me it’s a day to pause and remember.  But, then as the generations move on, my wife and my daughter-in-law have now become the focus of attention in our family as our three children and our […]

A most precious gift from God ~ by John Barr

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You may be aware that I became a grandfather just over a week ago. Our first grandchild, a boy, was born in Norwest Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning 29th April. This is a joyous time. It’s one that brings extended family together as a new generation is established and life goes on. […]

Acts of Grace ~ by John Barr

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Tim Winton is one of our greatest contemporary writers.  Born in Perth, Tim is famous for his unique writing style and his ability to capture audiences on their own level.  His writing often contains messages or themes which act as an “eye-opener” to his readers. Tim draws his prime inspiration from local communities and, as […]