Saints and Scholars – One and All! ~ by John Barr

by West Epping UCA

My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in Ireland.  Known as the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush, green texture, this fascinating country is also referred to as the “Land of Saints and Scholars”. These “Saints and Scholars” include the great St Patrick, who converted Ireland to Christianity without recourse to any […]

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 […]

In The Grand Scheme Of Things

by Radhika Sukumar-White

From Sunday afternoon last week to Wednesday, Adrian and I headed up to the St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre (formerly a convent founded by Mary MacKillop) at Kincumber to join other ministers in our Synod who are in their first three years out of formation for ministry at UTC, for a retreat. This is a mandatory […]

Why We Wear What We Wear

by Radhika Sukumar-White

An old adage says: “what we wear reveals who we are”. When John and I lead worship, we choose to wear particular items of clothing that help to communicate who we are within the space of this congregation. Knowing that past ministers here have elected not to do so, I thought it might be prudent […]

The ‘Blame Game’ ~ by Rev John Barr

by West Epping UCA

Energy Minister, Josh Fryndenberg, and Opposition front bencher, Joel Fitzgibbon’s awkward stoush in the halls of Parliament House last Tuesday morning delighted the media pack who are always on the prowl for a controversial story. But the finger-pointing and an eagerness to play the “blame game” on the issue of national energy policy troubled me. […]

R U OK?

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Do you remember where you were when you found out that Princess Diana had been killed in a car accident? I was only nine at the time, but I still remember it distinctly; my mother, sister and I were watching coverage of it on TV, and though we had no particular connection to her, we […]

September is Here! ~ by Rev John Barr

by West Epping UCA

“Grey winter hath gone, like a wearisome guest, and behold, for repayment, September comes in with the wind of the West and Spring in her raiment!” The poet, Henry Kendall, lived on the Central Coast and his works are obligatory for people like myself who attended Gosford’s Henry Kendall High School.  Kendall’s poem “September in […]