Category Archives: Community

Material Devotion

Every religious behaviour comes with a cost to it, sooner or later. And by that I mean spending your own money towards it. Those raised in a Christian church will be familiar with the weekly offerings. Well, I’m talking about … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Proselytising

There is currently a furore in my country about what instruction – if any – a religious institution should provide to school children in government schools. When I was in primary school, we used to have what was called “Scripture … Continue reading

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A changing picture

I’ve been reading a Brian McLaren book, Church On The Other Side. McLaren is a fairly progressive Christian, keen to help church-goers and churches to stop declining in number and relevance. It’s a challenging read, in some ways, and sad in … Continue reading

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So I went back for a visit.

Unlike people who leave the church in a blaze of emotion and acrimony, I wandered away from my church merely unhappy with the theology and teachings, not because the people there made me leave. This meant that most of them don’t … Continue reading

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A church that’s not a church.

So I went to a Unitarian Church this morning. As far as I can tell, this is one of just two in Sydney. And there were maybe 15 people. (Clearly there are more Wiccans in Sydney than Unitarians!) I was … Continue reading

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The Paradox Of Community

I’ve been avoiding sermons at the church I still attend. Mostly this is by attending less, but sometimes it is by being late, or being occupied during the service (for instance, I sometimes cook for the evening service meal). And … Continue reading

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