on national assembly meetings

I’m feeling very churched up at the moment… I spent last week at the UCA national Assembly meeting, and this week i’ve been writing liturgy for the first time in years. It’s good to be back in this space. I’m not converted, but I do feel healthy. And grateful. The Uniting Church is a good…

be kind

I’m reading Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper at the moment. He’s a favorite author of mine. i first fell in love with his writing when i read the line in Three Dollars, no matter where you are or what time of day it is – avoid Punt Road. I quote it often. Mostly as admonishment…

we waited

for those for whom the world is darker, less kind, this week we waited for the miracle: surrounded by its death we stood vigil for hope suffocated by the air that we now know is too heavy weighted with devastating possibility and we waited for the miracle we are not ashamed to say we wailed…

small things

So it didn’t work – the act of faith where we stretched beyond ourselves into the space that took everything we are and more; where we said ‘yes’ in the name of love to certain failure and incontrovertible disaster, – yet were still surprised the dream did not survive its life – [when will we…

the thread

A few too many mixed metaphors, but it’s nice to be writing again… We’d thought at the beginning that running a thread of grace through the stories we wear as our life meant it could only ever turn out beautiful but it’s nothing like the pattern made us hope. it’s become somehow an unholy mess…

in the dark

it was one of those days when she searched for the thing, the one part of her existence that might give her a moment’s light yet everything – him the work the project the people the life the whole bloody world – was dark it was one of those days that looked like a night…

Fierce

How do I listen to others? As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words – Hafiz For weeks I’ve been boring everyone I know with the things i’m learning from Fierce Conversations. I participated in a training course for Fierce Conversations last week, and having used it in a few…

on being ordinary

I have just relinquished my Specified Ministry status. As of now I’m no longer a youth worker, and no longer considered to be in a ministry in the Uniting Church. It’s not a significant change – most people who read this probably won’t have ever known I was – but it is a moment to…

70 x 7 + 1

They always said that what he really meant was a figure so unimaginably large there was no way anyone would reach it that what he was really saying was you had to forgive an infinite number of times and then still more After all who could need forgiving that often? So I forgave and forgave…