Entries by hopeuniting


A week ago I had a lovely afternoon café treat with some dear friends. It was to celebrate my godson’s last day of preschool. On Tuesday he had his first day of Kindy. I was delighted to receive the obligatory end-of-day photo to show that even though there had been some nervousness, all ended well. […]

Word and world

There’s an oft-quoted Karl Barth line about reading with the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. It’s a clear call for our faith to speak not only to our private lives but to the public realm as well.   Jesus reconciles each one of us to relationship with God; and Jesus […]

Save Baby Asha!

Last night I joined a group of people outside Sydney Town Hall. We gathered to bear witness to the situation of Baby Asha.   Asha was born in Darwin to asylum seeker parents. Early in June, her family were awoken in the middle of the night and transferred to Nauru. They were not given the […]

Discerning our life together

Discernment is always part of the life of faith. Following after Jesus is an act of discernment. It asks of us to put God’s story of commitment to the world as witnessed in Christ at the centre of our life together. We have to bridge time, space and culture, interpreting this story for the communities […]

Loaves and fish in the desert place

Last night I sat around a table with 8 friends. We ate well over shared conversation- soup and stew prepared lovingly for us.   We read and pondered Scripture together. We read from Mark 6, the story of Jesus and his worn out disciples, fresh from their time in villages seeing glimpses of God’s reign […]

Paying Attention

Over the last few weeks we have been asking- what does it mean to live as resurrection people? I’ve been enjoying our reading of Philippians as we wrestle with faith and life together. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…”   Feminist theologian Janet Martin Soskice writes beautifully of parenting […]

Grief, mercy, hope

Today I opened the newspaper and my heart was heavy. So much grief. So much sadness. Executions in Indonesia, continuing death-toll and the difficulty of relief in Nepal, riots in Baltimore.   Sometimes there are moments which pierce through our complacency. These moments confront us with the shadows of our world. We cannot hide from […]

Resurrection Stories

I wrote a card recently to someone I haven’t seen in many, many years. She was deeply influential on my discipleship adventure. She modelled  for me the joyful service of others and stepping beyond comfort zones. I saw authenticity in her following after God that marked me deeply. I have often thought about this woman […]