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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Some of what I learnt

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Hello friends! It’s lovely to be back among you all, after three weeks in the USA. Adrian and I had a wonderful time together. We spent the first four days in Washington DC, exploring the various national monuments (and the breathtaking National Cathedral) and the many museums of the Smithsonian. The next ten days were […]

Messy, Dirty Easter

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Last Sunday, I found myself looking around our beautifully decorated church, and thinking to myself: Easter at churches is like our Open Day for the local community. We snazzy up the sanctuary and pull out the flowers and amp up the music and wear our best clothes and bring out a nicer morning tea, and […]