St Kilda Uniting Church Theme of the month Redemption I

Redemption Part I

How should I proceed to unpack this particular doctrine; a doctrine which for thousands of years has underpinned both the mission of the church and the language of Christianity? Well, with a mixture of trepidation and hope. Trepidation, because people have built much of their faith upon this doctrine. Hope, because of all the doctrines…

St Kilda Uniting Church Focus on Prayer

Focus on Prayer

This month’s focus on prayer has been rather thought-provoking – especially for me as I spend time preparing for our gatherings on Sunday. It’s been good to concentrate on this dimension of spiritual life which is common to people of all faiths, and some people of no particular faith. Over the past 2 weeks I…

St Kilda Uniting Church Welcoming a stranger

Welcoming the Stranger

I recently had lunch with a friend who is working on the island of Lesbos – helping to manage the flow of refugees arriving on its shores. She went back last Wednesday. She first went there almost 3 years ago. On arrival she found chaos; beaches strewn with discarded lifejackets, and the formal ‘settlements’ overflowing.…

St Kilda Uniting Church Finding an Old Card

Finding an Old Card

Well, we’ve moved and slowly adjusting to many experiences of difference. Simple things like remembering where light switches are and which ways cupboard doors open. Oh, and where do we keep the biscuits now? Slowly the brain’s hard-wiring of 17 years will fade and be replaced by new wiring over the months to come. I…

Shalom - Wholeness

Shalom – Wholeness

It’s hard to imagine what the piece of land on which our church building stands, looked like 200, 2,000, or 2 million years ago. But the coastline of what we call Port Philip Bay appears to have remained unchanged for about 6000 years. For the Yallukut Weelam clan the skyline would have looked the same…