Sydney Presbytery

Sydney Presbytery is the regional council of the Uniting Church (Synod of NSW & ACT), spanning from Bondi to Homebush, Sydney Harbour to the Cooks River.

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    'Relax. Have fun. Enjoy life. Live in Christ' - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

    Dear friends,  “Relax. Have fun. Enjoy life. Live in Christ” Kennon Callahan  Many, many years ago I read one of Kennon Callahan’s books prior to starting in a new ministry placement. It is one of my books someone asked to borrow and I haven’t seen it since, so I guess they found it valuable. (It is probably somewhere in South Australia. It had my name in it, so maybe it will return to me one day?) The book was called “A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations.” At the time I really appreciated the book and what I could learn from it.
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    Singing in Foreign Lands - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

    Dear friends,  “By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.” (Psalm 137:1) (I wonder if you’re singing the song in your head as you read it too?) Several conversations recently have focused on the theme of exile. Right from the outset, I want to declare that I have not experienced the devastation of exile — I have not been forcibly removed from my home or country, nor have I been forced to separate from people and places that give me a sense belonging and identity. On a small scale, although it felt large enough to me at the time, I have experienced being rejected by my childhood peers, and recall the loss of identity and “place” that accompanied the hurtful things my fellow schoolmates inflicted. And I have an active imagination.
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