This edition of Journey is all about celebrating those who put others before themselves. From prison chaplains (page 14) to volunteers who work tirelessly for a cause or organisation they believe in.
The Uniting Church is full of these people.
Sometimes they are up the front urging people to understand the difference we can make in the lives of others; sometimes they are lobbying their local Member of Parliament; and sometimes they go faithfully about their work without drawing attention.
We need all these people.
This month we celebrate Mothers' Day by hearing about the work of Beverley Homel, president of the volunteer organisation Sands (miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support) Queensland (page 10), and a little shop that is helping women escape the cycle of poverty (page 12).
We reflect on the unpaid carers who enrich the lives of those whom they support (page 6).
In all of these stories the work of the Spirit is clear.
As we celebrate Pentecost (19 May), reflect on what it means to use your gifts and talents in service.
The June edition of Journey will be released on the second Sunday of June to enable us to keep you up-to-date on all the news from the 30th Synod meeting (24 – 28 May).
Talk about a baptism of fire!
Mardi Lumsden, Editor-in-chief.
Photo : Photo by Holly Jewell.