Homilies tagged with ‘politics’

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The Impact of Water

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HOMILY April 18, 2015 The Impact of Water John 4:1-15 Amos 5 : 10-15, 21 – 24 I wonder if I could have a glass of water please? How long did that take, how far did someone have to go and how good is it? We do not have water scarcity here in Brisbane in […]

What do we need to do, to heal the world?

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It is interesting that this is our gospel reading on the night/day we consider and choose leadership in our country. A day when we ask : what are my values, what is best for us all, what and who will I choose? Almost every major religion or spiritual practice puts a low value of having […]

Meeting the Spiritual Needs of People

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Bob Aldred tells his life experience and how how we can meet the spiritual needs of each other. Not everything is as we assume, or as we perceive it. As a young Minister in my first church, one elderly lady parishioner was going on holidays, and as is expected of Ministers, she put it on […]

Being Mindful of the Refugee Situation

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Then Jesus said to them, “Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for people’s lives are not made secure by what they own, even when they have more than they need.” We all need to hear this again and again particularly those in rich countries like Australia, both as individuals and […]

We Borrow the Land From Our Children

Des Boyland and Kathleen Ellerman-Bull link the gospel reading to stewardship and spirituality which includes our environment and national parks. Des Boyland, a botanist and ex Executive Director (Conservation), Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, actively lobbies for enhanced environmental management through Wildlife Queensland and serves on various Ministerial Advisory Committees. Kathleen Ellerman-Bull came from a large, extended […]

Afghan Women and Amnesty’s Response

Afghanistan is a landlocked country of rugged mountainous beauty, with bitterly cold winters, and blisteringly hot summers. A land with a rich history of poetry (writing poems is considered the province of every person, not an elite group) and a rich and diverse music tradition due to being situated at the confluence of many trade routes. Some Afghan […]

Knowing God as a living reality

            Peter  Breen was a Wesleyan Methodist minister for 20 years – 11 years in Bundaberg, 7 years at Everton Hills and 2 years in Melbourne. He is the co-founder and Director of Jugglers Art Space in the Valley, Brisbane. Peter usually attends the 5 o’clock liturgy with his wife […]

Transfiguration

TRANSFIGURATION HOMILY (Luke 9, 28-36) Jesus’ disciples frequently fail to understand what Jesus was on about.  They get it so wrong at times.  Peter in particular tends to put his foot in it and I suspect James only understood what following Jesus meant when he was executed in Jerusalem some 11 years later. Together with […]

Changing the things we cannot accept

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When I was first ordained (not so long ago, at least in my mind) I was sent to the small town of Goondiwindi on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, about a 4 ½ hour drive south west of Brisbane. For many years it was a town famous for sheep and wheat and […]