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Reflection – Being part of God’s story

Usually, when I think about valuing the one, I reflect on the call for me to be more like Jesus (less like me) and to do what I can to help those in need, to speak for those who are silenced or powerless, to protect those who are at risk and to do this in a personal way actually walking ...

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Value the One… Reflecting on working with UCA Redress

In the almost one decade that I have been working for the Uniting Church, I have spoken to and met with dozens of survivors who were sexually abused in the context of the Church or its predecessor Churches and read hundreds of accounts of abuse. Survivors of this type of abuse often experience complex trauma – which means that they ...

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Reflection – Value the One

In May 2018, we went on a family trip to the UK. The trip was about touring the places my mother grew up and went to school, visiting relatives, and witnessing the historic event of Harry and Meghan’s wedding (stay with me, ha!) The streets around Windsor Castle in the days leading up to the wedding were absolutely buzzing. People ...

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Flying High – Remote Bush Chaplaincy

“God moves in a mysterious way. His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea. And rides upon the storm.” William Cowper 1774 This was no ordinary job interview, and this was just no ordinary job. Imagine being asked if you could take your job into the air, learn to fly a light aircraft and travel to remote ...

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Reflection – A God of Plenty

Over and over in the bible, we are reminded that our God is a God of Plenty. God is never short of resources; he owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and no task or situation is beyond his capability. And yet the resources of God are almost always activated and released when we muster what little resources we have ...

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Reflection – Praying to a loving Father

When I reflect on the work that is being asked of me by God, I think about how we are asked to pray. In the Luke reading as part of the lectionary this week, we read an introduction to the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus was praying and enjoying some time with his God. His way of filling his tank, so to ...

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Reflection- The wisdom of the ages

The concept of Plenty in the Queensland Synod is based on the deep understanding that God’s economy – the way of working out all that is, is beyond all our ideas of graciousness and spaciousness. As those caught in the image and outworking of this economy, we will only ever see what is revealed to us. This reading of the ...

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Reflection – Taught to doubt

I am not good with the sight of blood; it’s not that I feel queasy, faint, or experience any other physical reaction; it’s simply that the sight of blood causes my brain to create horrific images that I just don’t need to imagine. Similarly, ‘wounds’, such as those suffered by Jesus on the cross, invoke those same shocking images. However, ...

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Reflection – Reflection from Pastor Phil Smith

John 20 is one of the Gospel chapters I cannot escape in trying to understand and perhaps encourage new communities of faith. In this chapter, we meet four very different people as they encounter the risen Christ in ways that speak, to me at least, of Jesus’ tailor-made love for each and all of us. We have Mary, who ‘wears ...

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Reflection – See my hands

Did you know that when you get a wound, and your body heals itself, the tear is never actually fixed? Scar tissue – made of collagen – closes the wound and holds it together – forever. Your skin does not merge; you are permanently broken but held together. During World War II, they studied the effects of vitamin C deficiency ...

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