Posts by Radhika Sukumar-White

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Silent Evangelism

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Evangelism can come in many different forms. There’s a tendency to assume evangelism is ultimately about words that we say. But whilst words can be very important, we shouldn’t forget about other forms or models of evangelism – for example, the evangelism of presence. As part of my ministerial formation, I spent 6 months working […]

iEvangelism

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Throughout history, the method by which the church responded to Jesus’ Great Commission has been propelled by technology. For Paul, it was the Roman road system. For the Reformation, it was the printing press. And for us today, it is the power of the Internet literally in the palm of the hand of almost every […]

Sovereign Peoples

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Among many heavy decisions that were made at last week’s Assembly meeting in Melbourne, one was the following: That the Assembly resolve: to affirm that the First Peoples of Australia, the Aboriginal and Islander Peoples, are sovereign peoples in this land. Not many words there, but big implications for us. What does this statement mean? […]

What Motherhood Has Taught Me

by Radhika Sukumar-White

I’m back! Hello! It has been quite the whirlwind few months of maternity leave for me; in some ways I can’t believe a full six months have passed, and in others I can’t believe it has only been six months! Anna is just the joy of my life, and it has been such a blessing […]

Twiddling My Thumbs And Waiting

by Radhika Sukumar-White

It’s really hard to fathom that Christmas is only three weeks away. It is perhaps harder to fathom that my baby girl will be here in around six weeks. Those two events seem to be coming like freight trains, and yet there is still a sense of twiddling my thumbs, and waiting, and waiting, and […]

My Name Is Beloved; What’s Yours?

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Over the last few weeks, I had the great privilege of co-teaching a short course on Sacraments, aimed at candidates for ministry and potential lay presiders in rural communities. Alongside Rev. Bronwyn Murphy, I got to talk about the Uniting Church’s theology of sacraments, and then train these potential presiders in the actual acts of […]

What’s Your Preaching Style?

by Radhika Sukumar-White

The most famous quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” What I think he means by this is that our lives should be a sermon – the way we act, interact, give, share, decide, and so on. Words are but one part of the […]

Why Do We Spring Into Action?

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Today, on Spring Into Action day, I wanted to offer a refresher on one of the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations that we explored in last year’s Discipleship Month: risk-taking mission. That is: what’s the point of Spring Into Action, and activities like it, that pull us out of our comfort zone? Churches have historically […]

Reflection on the Emmaus Walk – Sunil Baek

by Radhika Sukumar-White

It has been three weeks since Emily and I joined the Emmaus Walk in Meroo Christian Centre. We were invited by Peter McAndrew (who is involved in the leadership team of the Emmaus Walk) to a 3 ½ day retreat; Emily took part in “Women’s Walk #96”, and I took part in “Men’s Walk #95”. […]

From Generation To Generation

by Radhika Sukumar-White

The NSW/ACT Synod meeting was a wonderful event! Tessa, Sun and I flew the (metaphorical) West Epping flag proudly, as we helped to lead the music each day. There were moments of joy and celebration, as well as some difficult, tense and emotional conversations to be had. Rev. Simon Hansford (the new Moderator) chaired the […]