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Dismantling the power of the dividing wall between us!

by West Epping UCA

1. The construction of a dividing wall As we grieve the innocent deaths of our Muslim sister and brothers in Christchurch and condemn this atrocity, we also need to critically reflect on the notions of power that shaped the gunman’s actions, and how we can contribute to new notions of power. In a confronting opinion […]

The power of the sly fox and the vulnerable hen

by West Epping UCA

Lent 2 C 19 Luke 13:31-35 Reflection The power of the sly fox and the vulnerable hen. 1. In our reading today, Luke’s Jesus is approaching the congested intersection of competing, capricious and autocratic power. The Pharisees surprisingly warn Jesus of Herod’s murderous intent. Jesus journeys toward Jerusalem, the place where the religious and political […]

A NEW BEGINNING

by John Barr

The end of January is a funny time of the year. School resumes and for many children this involves a new class, a new teacher and new friends. Older students receive their university offers and critical decisions are made about future careers. At the end of January people often commence new jobs. Industries and institutions […]

IN 2019?

by John Barr

Weather forecasters tell us 2019 is shaping up to be hottest and perhaps the driest year on record. That’s a worry, a real worry. This year is a critical one. The British are embroiled with Brexit while the United States is dealing with an impasse concerning the border wall and the issue of immigration. The […]

THE YEAR AHEAD

by John Barr

What does the New Year look like for you? I always feel New Year’s Eve creeps up on me, given the fact that Christmas is such a busy time. But for many people New Year is big. Celebrations are much bigger than Christmas. Churches in places like Africa, the Pacific and Asia are packed for […]

MAKING ROOM AT THE INN

by John Barr

When the heavily pregnant Mary arrived in Bethlehem, together with her husband, Joseph, there was no place for them to say. After making that arduous 130 kilometre journey from Nazareth through the dangerous hills of Samaria and the parched wilderness of Judea the “full house” signs were up all over town. There was no room […]

“UPSIDE DOWN” DAYS

by John Barr

Have you ever experienced an “upside down” day – one of those days that start off normally? But, by the time the day is over, things have changed irretrievably? Life is upended. Everything capsizes. The solid ground vanishes from beneath your feet. One is left suspended in a sea of bewilderment and chaos. Just over […]

TODAY IN WEST EPPING

by John Barr

Last Sunday evening I preached the message during the 6pm Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church, Epping. It was a great privilege and I thank Fr. Peter Dowd for his kind invitation. The church comes in many different shapes and forms. During the course of my ministry I have engaged in […]

TOGETHER IN CHRIST

by John Barr

My much loved black cat upsets me at times. She likes routine and, when things change or when a stranger enters the room, my cat becomes fidgety and anxious. She becomes quite irrational and distraught. Cats love routine. They covet predictability. Everything is fine – as long as nothing changes! I think people are like […]