The long weekend gave St James a small but select crowd. The lucky few were invited into the scary world of transition. Taking some of the wisdom of Fr Michael Whelan and lacing it with Paul’s personal story, Jean’s journey and insight into planning and grieving the changes all small congregations are facing. The service was based on the journey and the sermon on Fr Whelan’s messages from a weekend workshop:
The human vocation is to find where God enters the world
The pain I do not transform I will transmit
Lazarus’ story (and today’s story about the widow’s son) tells us it is never too late
Religion without spirituality is dangerous – it becomes ideology
The cross without the empty tomb is just another execution
You can read the contemporary word and liturgy under resources.
PS – there’s some really thought porvoking essays in resources. Check out some of the articles under guest speakers!
There’s some serious curl-up-under-a-doona-and-have-a-good read in the May edition of Red Wings. There’s reflective reading, comments on burning social issues and some articles to get you thinking, whether you agree or not, is up to you. Red Wings can be found under resources or hopefully if you click here.
On Sunday, 26.5.13, the evening service started a new and exciting phase , in our development. Using the articles in the recently published book, “Why weren’t we told?”, we have started to exp[lore our understanding of progressive Christianity. Why not join us at this 6 pm service each Sunday, at St James. We are a small but growing group of people. During our time together in addition to worship, we allow people to share their concerns and problems, as well as time spent in discussion.
Jan Huggett is leading next Sunday’s service 19 May 2013. Jan might be short in statue but she has a prophetic voice that comes from deep within. She speaks from the heart and from life’s experiences. Don’t miss Jan next Sunday.
Rev Janis Huggett
Rev. Janis Huggett is a retired Uniting Church minister who has served in diverse parish ministries and chaplaincies, as well as teaching in theological colleges, both in the USA and Australia. American-born, she was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1987 and received into the Uniting Church of Australia in 1988. She became an Australian citizen in
1992 and has lived in Canberra since 2005. Throughout her adult life Jan has been a tireless advocate for inclusivity and justice in church and society, particularly in regard to sexuality issues and the full equality of all persons. In retirement Jan continues a ministry of prophetic and pastoral preaching, as well as mentoring other preachers and teachers.
The car washing project proudly reported their profits to the St James morning service last Sunday. $126 was raised, and the children decided the money will go to the Starlight Foundation to brighten the lives of Children in hospital. Congratulations to washers, organisers and customers!
A progressive spiritual community, standing up for justice, for refugees, the homeless and the environment. A safe space for people regardless of gender, race, orientation or ability. Located in Curtin, ACT.