Children of Abraham

Why did I think of Pauline Hanson while reading Genesis over the past few weeks? I imagined her reading the text of Genesis with me  [I was reading Genesis chapter 21, verses 8-21. I imagined Pauline Hanson becoming more and more uncomfortable with the text. Let me explain. Ishmael, a key under-age character in the story, and his mother Hagar (the Egyptian servant woman), is banished from the...
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With likeness comes responsibility

In the beginning, God created …. That’s quite an assertion, about which people have argued for centuries. You don’t need me to inform you that people have also debated the interpretation of the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1 for generations as well. For me, and many Christians, Genesis chapter 1 is a wonderful theological statement. It is saying that planet earth is a gift and an...
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This is eternal life

How may the doctrine of the Ascension of Jesus help us engage with life more fully? Is that a preposterous question? Some might say it is, by requiring that the Gospel of John meet some kind of scientific criterion of what is meaningful. However, my view is that we do John an injustice to confine his writing in such a way. In matters of science, John has nothing in particular to say. In matters...
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My Hope for the Holy Land

Myung Hwa Park, the Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT is our special guest Seminar presenter alongside the current GAZA TODAY ART EXHIBITION. THURSDAY 27 APRIL AT from 7.00 to 9.00pm, in the Church Sanctuary. The Rev. Myung Hwa recently visited Israel and Palestine and has some very thoughtful reflections to offer, under the topic “My hope for the Holy Land.” Holy...
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Gaza Art Exhibition – confronting and inspiring

Currently on show is a confronting, yet inspiring, art exhibition from child and adult artists in Gaza, sponsored by the Major Issues and Theology (MIAT) Foundation and supported by the Middle East Council of Churches. The exhibition will be running from the remainder of the Season of Lent and during Easter 2017 in the Epping Uniting Church worship sanctuary. To see the works, or to obtain a...
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