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17th January, Rev Geoff Usher, “Inscribed in the Book of Life”
Sometimes our New Year resolutions produce little successes along the way, but all too often we return to being the same as we were; we slide back to being very much like the character we used to be. We yearn for transformation;wewant a better and more fulfilling life; we pray for serenity, strength and compassion, but nothing seems to happen.
24th January, Gabrielle Donovan, “The History of Early Colonial Music”
When the First Fleet arrived on Australian shores the people landing heard an entirely new sound world from this ancient land. Australia’s First People watched from afar to the regimental music played when Captain Phillip and his regiment came ashore, followed later by the free settlers and convicts. The new arrivals brought with them music and songs from their homeland that soon leaked out across the landscape.
31st January, Colin Whatmough, “The US – World Power in the Balance -Part 2”
7th February, Rev Geoff Usher, ” Points of Contact”
It is interesting that most poems related to jazz tend to be about what the poet Ira Sadoff called “the dearth of air… between our ribs and lungs”: the unfair feeling that separates us from whatever it is that grounds and makes us whole. Our religious life is – or should be , can be – about that: about filling that dearth of air between the ribs and lungs that results from religious isolation.
21st February, Martin Horlacher, “The Culture of Victimhood”
We all feel put upon and persecuted from time to time – some of us a lot more than others. But what happens when a victim mentality becomes a pathological condition…not only individually, but culturally?
28th February, Rev. Daniel Jantos, “A Religion That Matters”
Its about time that religion began to stand for something that mattered to contemporaries and especially those yearning for relief from inequity, lack of purpose and meaningfully addressing the real issues of our time. Martin Hagglund, and others like him, are getting bolder in describing what that could look like. This reflection will give some attention to the way Martin Luther King Junior’s focus shifted towards to end of his short life; things he would only speak about in secret. Well, its not a secret anymore.
21st March, Rev. Geoff Usher, “Of Sheep and Fishing”
Church leaders must challenge the moral values of those who want to build their own empires of greed, wealth and power by exploiting the poor or flouting the law. It is part of a minister’s job to head out into deep water, to explore new areas, to extend boundaries, to speak up on matters of public/moral/spiritual concern, to face the storms that may arise, and to help steer his or her congregation through turbulent waters.
2nd May, Rev. Geoff Usher, “Ethical Habits”
The Decalogue ( The Ten Commandments) stands as a great monument in ethical history. Although most of them are negative, we can also understand that every moral “thou shalt not” echoes a moral affirmation. The admonition against killing reflects the sanctitiy of human life. Although we no longer execute adulterers, the marriage covenant is still to be taken seriously. While we are not supposed to steal, the larger value is justice.