An Advent sermon presented to the West End Uniting Church, December 15 2013.
(The original sermon included a commentary on James 5:7:11 in accord with the church lectionary readings for the week but it is of only tangential relevance to the substance of the sermon so I have left it out)
Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the festival of the birth of Jesus and a time when we prepare for the incoming of God’s kingdom in all its glory.
Jesus is the liberator who brings good news to the poor, release for the captive and liberation for the oppressed.
Advent is a season of expectantly waiting, let us expect Jesus the liberator and in terms our covenanting process, let us expect liberation and justice for Aboriginal people. Continue reading
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An open letter to the Australian Christian non-violence movement.
Once a Jolly protester
camped by a helicopter
under the shade of total surveillance
And he spruiked and rode
and smashed his mattock on the Helicopter
Who’l come a tricycling Matilda with me
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excerpt – “What I do intend to discuss are the key
features of a biblical theology that relate especially to Indigenous
cultures. The focus will be on biblical principles not just because I am a Protestant, but because the development of theology in the Pacific
region is weighed down by a history of colonialism. One way of over-
coming the effects of this history is to engage with the biblical literature, rather than Western theology, with resources drawn from our own spiritual traditions.”
Click here for PDF – “Towards an Aboriginal theology” by Graham Paulson
from Pacifica Australasian theological studies
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I have been considering becoming a member of the Uniting Church for some time. I am a member of the Progressive Spirituality Network which has regular services in conjunction with the West End (Bris) Uniting Church. Continue reading
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