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I love my hometown of Wollongong, on the NSW South Coast.
my Senior High School years were very special
and the beginning of my achieving in life.
and an inspiring view of the mountain our school was named after.
I loved my Sunday School and Youth group in my city church
with it's brick tower.
the internet has brough in the age of information sharing
great for sharing our stories
yet we have to protect our privacy from those who would
misuse the information.
I think I've written enough that if you were there you'll
ecognise know the names I've omitted.
do email me to catch up
scammers please don't bother
Christian ministry is my calling and my love.
God called me into ministry to serve Him
weather informal settings
or as a Denominational Ordained iMnister
serving Him in the institution as a place to inspire, to encourage and share life with friends, collegues members
and those I meet in the community.
During the twentieth century ( starting back in the nineties)
Child Protection, Mandatory Reporting disclosures of sexual abuse and building ministry and support for survivors
has become a priority
whilst maintaining a breadth of community involvement
advocating in areas of traffic, transport, inland cities, social planning, town planning, and social justice as issues arise.
Fair wagers, affordable housing being a necessity, releasing assylum seeekers found to be genuine refugees etc.
As a student Minister, lay Pastor and Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church I served in city and coastal country parishes.
I endevoured to be relevant to the community,
At university in sociology I wrote a mini thesis on "The role of the Church in the community"
and kept the dynamics in mind in each parish in each community.
eg researching and preaching "The Theology of Leisure" in a predomantly tourist town
learning and developing Child Protection Policies and implimenting Mandatory Reporting obligations and duty of care
in my final parish where a small group of longstanding members were enablers to the resident abuser who comitted
far too many acts of indecent assault for far too long particularly for decades before my appointment.
then I pastored the independantly congregation who broke away
during these ten years we became the local church at Sydney Olympic Park holding carols at Christmas
and celebrating Easter in the smaller venues.
I also have precous memories of
At university in my Arts Degree I wrote essays demonstrating that Jesus Christ is the anbswer
and submitted them to my Marxist lecturers expressing my academic freedom whilst submiting my work to their scruitany.
I value the academic rigor it certainly equiped me for a more engaging ministry.
I always encouraged members of Church Youth Groups and my congregations to ask questions.
ask questions without predetermined answers
trusting God for the answers
it may be common sence
it may be seen in the world God created ( yes, I believe in c reation the explanation is another story)
it may be in the scriptures
it may require ongoing prayer for God's help and insight.
think outside man made boxes and historical or current cultural norms.
I found it's amazing how much church culture and norms and conceptions are middle class values
which are not Biblical imperatives and values.
In searching the scriptures I have found really exciting texts that produce adventure, chalenges and adventure.
Christianity is meant to be enjoyed
meant to be fulll of love and fulment
whilst Character is built through enduring adversity facing and dealing with problems
finding answers through rigorous processes etc.
"God helps those who let Him"
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