Entries by hopeuniting

hope in education

What sort of community do you want to live in? The answer changes as the seasons of our life blow through. At age 18, I was concerned with music rehearsal rooms, a good pub, scoring the best lecturers for my university classes and cheap books. When I was 30 I wanted to walk to a […]

LoveMakesAWay

On Mondays this semester, I have been teaching Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. I get in my car and listen to the radio, wishing that the hour of my drive would mean more Zan and less Lewi. This week, as I listened to the midday news, my mind was wondering to where I would station hop […]

So, that’s that!

So, that’s that! The Lenten sugar challenge finished up, with the glorious taste of maple (flavoured) syrup on BBQ pancakes at Hope Uniting’s Easter breakfast. After that some of the (huge) stash of chocolate that somehow infiltrated our house during Lent was shared and consumed with family in celebration of Easter joy- Christ is risen! […]

converted anew by the stranger

I’ve been thinking over the last week about how easily I become judgemental. When people don’t  have the same beliefs or ideas as me, it’s very easy to discount  them. Or simply to leave them in the corner to ignore. Last Sunday after church I had a conversation about who God allows to be in […]

somehow, somewhere along the way…

Somehow, somewhere along the way, my husband and I decided to give up sugar for Lent this year. I maintain that it was all his idea, a way of getting back at me for inviting him to join me in giving up meat through Lent a few years ago. It’s been an interesting journey for […]

following…

About a week ago, a family of stray cats moved into my back yard. I noticed them one morning, hanging out the washing. They were sitting under the banana trees our landlord planted, Mum and her seven little kittens, gorgeous and wild. I spent a lot of time sitting on a step downstairs, smiling as […]

Hope shines in the darkness

In the last weeks of February Australia has been confronted by the question of who our neighbour is. People who have fled situations of violence, seeking sanctuary in our safety, have been let down while held in our care. We have seen violence, secrecy and death. And Australian Christians must ask ourselves once again what […]

Converted by Manus Island

I am more convinced than ever that we need to talk about conversion   About turning around About finding a new way to do things And yes, to talk about Jesus. I’ve tried for a few days to work out how to write about my immense anger at the Australian government over our immigration policy […]

It’s been a year

  Like a candle burning wildly Raging soft against the night Spark that leaps to clear the shadows Sending warm disturbing light We are called to be the passion Hope stands strong against all pain For it’s only in the burning That the candle shows its flame –          Craig Mitchell   It’s been a year […]