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Finding the Language of God

Thomas Keating died, aged 95, on October 25 this year. ‘Who’s Thomas Keating?’ I hear you ask. Not really a household name, I agree, but Thomas Keating was an American monk and priest of the Cistercian order (also known as Trappists), and as abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts, he was one of the principal developers of the reflective practice […]

All Are Welcome

It had to be more than mere coincidence that, at a time when Churches of Christ in Australia are grappling with policy issues like marriage equality and care for refugees and accreditation of ministers, the following hymn (written by Marty Haugen) was posted on the ‘People Who Like Churches of Christ in Australia’ Facebook page. […]

Reflections on Coming Home

It is wonderful to travel.  There are new experiences, exciting places to visit and a welcome change of scenery and routines.  But my favourite part of travelling is always coming home (except for all the washing!).  When you’ve been away, there is something about flopping into your own bed and resting your head on your […]

On Making a Legacy

Last Wednesday I attended a service of thanksgiving for the wife of a good friend who had died after a long struggle with a brain tumour. It was a beautiful service, and my friend contributed magnificently with an honest and tender tribute to the woman he loved. Others also spoke of the impact that this […]

Australia’s Forgotten Hero

Fifty years ago, on 16th October 1968, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists in the Black Power salute on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest against racial inequality. The protest became one of the most indelible sporting moments of the 20th century. Much less known, for a long time […]