Archive for August, 2007

aboriginal town camps in Alice

Posted: August 23, 2007 in indigenous

here’s an interesting slideshow presentation from a journo who visited indigenous town camps in communities around Alice Springs. its from

just click on the image!



Posted: August 21, 2007 in reflections

The story from the gospel of Luke this week sees Jesus getting in trouble with the religious authorities. Why – because he healed a woman on the Sabbath, the day which is holy. It seems peculiar, perhaps even absurd for us to think about this story and not simply side with Jesus. As if can we would condemn a person for curing a woman who has been afflicted with an ailment for 18 years, just because the ‘work’ was done on the 7th day – the day of rest.

 Although, perhaps another more realistic and perplexing question is raised for us from this passage… does ‘Sabbath’ exist in our lives? When I mean Sabbath I don’t mean do you protect Sunday, or actually Saturday in the Jewish time of Jesus, and not work/shop, etc. I actually mean do you take time out as holy. That is do you seek to create a balance with those things in your life which are most consuming.

Sabbath asks questions of us – like:

  • what are the things in life which are most likely to be all consuming?
  • does the need to consume and the cycle of consumption ever get broken?
  • whats sustainable living look like in our homes and communities
  • what does it mean to rest

all these questions will have different answers for each of us – but hopefully they suggest a bigger picture of living somewhat counter to the dominiance in our culture of consumption, immediacy and individualism. How often do you come across the answer I’m really busyto the question ‘how are you going?’ its almost become a title of worth.. how is it that our world finds its significance in allowing people to run themselves into the ground – and use that as a measure of success?

Do you create a time each week to just be, to remember, to ponder, to relax? The whole concept of this ancient idea is to remember that we need perspective in our living… we need to remember to honor that which gives life, and to critique the pace of this world around us and its need for us to consume.

 Be still… stop… hear the wisdom offered in Psalm 64…

“be still and know that I am God”

whats ths idea of sabbath mean to you and how do you try to create balance? leave a comment!

Fair Trade

Posted: August 21, 2007 in fair trade


many of you know that US has been promoting fair trade goods – especially tea, coffee and chocolate for awhile now… you can read more about fair trade here

well a couple of exciting opportunites have come our way.


the 1st is that we’re going to host a fair trade stall at the NSW Uniting Church annual meeting at the Canterbury racecourse 6-9 October.

the 2nd is that we’re wanting to set up a regular presence at the wollongong mall markets on fridays.

if you’d be willing to participate and help out with either of these projects leave a comment or email dave

World Council of Churches – News Release

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will welcome five young people (aged 18-30 years) to serve as interns in its Geneva offices from February 2008 to January 2009. Interns bring valuable experiences to the WCC at the same time as they undertake several modules of ecumenical learning.

The next 12 months’ internship period begins in February 2008. In Geneva, the interns will be assigned to one of the WCC working areas. They will carry out their tasks in co-operation with programme staff and under individualized supervision. During their stay in Geneva each intern is expected to plan an ecumenical project to implement in his or her home context when they return in February 2009.

The next generation of interns’ areas of work will be 1. the Decade to Overcome Violence; 2. youth and ecumenical relationships; 3. visitors programme /media relations; 4. faith, science, technology and ethics; and 5. just & inclusive communities.

Successful candidates are people committed to the ideals of the ecumenical movement, who will bring their energy, commitment and a fresh vision to their specific work assignment. Applicants must send, along with their application, background information about their church or Christian youth network that will help them in implementing their proposed ecumenical project.

Closing date for receiving applications for the five internships is 20 September 2007.

More information on the WCC internship programme:

Download the application form as pdf (172 KB) or as MS Word document (1.36 MB)

Download the background information form as pdf (119 KB) or as MS Word document (627 KB):

Additional information: Juan Michel,+41 22 791 6153 +41 79 507 6363>

The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 347 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, from the Methodist Church in Kenya. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

Nosh 2

Posted: August 15, 2007 in events


In October last year a bunch of creative & reflective types got together in Melbourne to explore what alternative worship is about – we called it NOSH.

Well, its happening again, this time in Sydney… Oct 12-14.

Its a chance to talk, eat, sleep, breath, & drink the inspiration and creativity of a bunch of people trying to do church a little differently.

Considering we’ve had a crack at this sort of thing with Echoing the Sacred, is anyone interested in going??? Let me know!

more info here

Oxfam Australia is currently offering a few internship opportunities for young people.

  • Do you love culture?
  • Do you love putting on a festival or an event?
  • Do you love making noise – musically or visually?
  • Can you inspire others?
  • Are you interested in using what you love doing to change the world and overcome social, political and economic injustice?

If you answered YES to some of these questions and you are aged
between 18 and 30, Oxfam wants to hear from you.

Oxfam Australia is offering 16 young vibrant creative types the
opportunity to participate in a one year internship program. This
internship opportunity will commence with a 10 day event in Sydney at
the beginning of October and will be followed by a one year, one day a week commitment.

Do you want to find out more? Visit the Oxfam Australia website for more information and to download a copy of the application form

US in the Brewery

Posted: August 14, 2007 in events

UnitingSpiritually fortnightly Discussion Group

Wednesday 15th August – 7:30pm Five Islands Brewery – WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong

this week we’ll be thinking how our faith & theology inform our living & worship.

 come and grab a drink, a coffee, or a feed and mix it with a willingness to explore issues of faith & life.

  contact dave: 0401058420 for a lift or more info


reading the signs

Posted: August 14, 2007 in reflections

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? [from luke 12]


does the world happen to you – or do you happen to the world? is it that simple, or is there a constant fusion of action & reaction?

i wonder how it is we read and interpret whats going on around us – the ‘signs’ as such. or perhaps we should ask how is it that we receive and understand messages. emotionally, physically, cognitively, intuitively? through touch, image, smell, music, story, poetry or other senses?

if we are to be spiritual people with some level of authenticity we need to interpret and read whats going on around us. We also need to understand how it is we receive and give messages.

Its one thing to look at the cloud blowing in over Mt Keira and think ‘its gonna rain’ – its another to be perceptive enough to be life giving to yourself and those around you. when a friend of mine is confronted with hostility or negativity instead of taking it personally he often asks a question like: what might be going on in their life for them to react that way?


We are bombarded with 1000’s of messages and signs everyday? which ones are important – which ones do you chose to absorb, which ones do you block?

which ones are life giving?