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ALL SAINTS

by John Barr

“Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a huge celebration in Mexico. Celebrated last Thursday, this day honours those who have died. “Day of the Dead” is derived from pre-Hispanic times and it was effectively Christianised by the Roman Catholic Church. The day includes all kinds of festivities including vibrant processions, rowdy […]

A PRAYER FOR THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE

by John Barr

A PRAYER TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE L: Remember, Lord, those whose stories were unspoken and untold. L: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, Lord, those whose minds were darkened and disturbed by memories of war. R: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, […]

Going Deep

by Radhika Sukumar-White

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, I undertook a course at the United Theological College entitled Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry. Effectively, it was a three-day course on the basics of how to lead a congregation through change. It is actually part 1 of a three-part process to become an accredited Intentional Interim Minister, […]

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 […]