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 […]

A SPECIAL KIND OF FAMILY

by John Barr

What kind of buildings around the world serve to inspire you? What kind of buildings leave you breathless because of their sheer magnificence and beauty? The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, left me stunned and awe-struck as I rounded a curve after an arduous trip by car from Delhi. Then there was Sikh Golden Temple […]

Taking This Church Thing Seriously

by Radhika Sukumar-White

This has been a truly fantastic Discipleship Month at West Epping! First we had Rev. Fie Marino (Synod Multicultural Consultant, whose good looks were particularly appreciated by some!), who preached on what it means to break down the barriers that separate us from those who are different, or the “other”. Next, we welcomed Pastor Emma […]

Old Wives’ Tales

by Radhika Sukumar-White

As the lovely news of my pregnancy spreads, I have been receiving not only congratulations, but a vast array of advice and superstitions around pregnancy. Here are just a few morsels: “Your bump is small; you must be carrying a boy.” “Your hair is different; you must be carrying a girl.” “Don’t wear high heels, […]

Humanity Matters ~ by Rev John Barr

by West Epping UCA

Last Monday night I had the opportunity to share some of my experiences in North Korea with Men’s Fellowship.  North Korea has made a significant impact on me.  It’s a brutal, sombre, totally isolated place.  And here I deeply yearn for the 20 million people who are trapped there in a most miserable existence. Today […]

Living with change – A message for today ~ by John Barr

by West Epping UCA

Last Tuesday I decided to take public transport between my home in Blacktown and West Epping.  It was a pleasant journey with a fast nine minute train trip between Blacktown and Parramatta and then a sluggish but comfortable ride on the M54 bus up the hill to Carlingford. But the return trip was a nightmare.  […]

Domestic Violence and the Church

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Many of you will have read the ABC article last week by Julia Baird, which discussed the connection between evangelical Christian preaching around submission and male headship and the prevalence of domestic violence. The article was certainly confronting and challenging, and raised vast amounts of discussion, particularly through social media. One of the most sobering […]