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Marriage Equality in Australia

Posted: March 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

Executive Minister of St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne’s largest Uniting Church, Rev Ric Holland responds to the growing discussion in parliament of marriage equality over the weekend. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 “All couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,…

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We own the world.

Posted: March 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Ric Holland, 5 March 2017 The apostle Paul, says himself, owns nothing. All the early disciples and this strange bunch of itinerant Christian preachers owned nothing. They were dependent upon others for food, clothing and shelter. So how can he, with his colleague Timothy, possibly say they owned…

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Climb that Mountain

Posted: March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Climb That Mountain Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Ric Holland, 26 February 2017  Mt. 17 v.1-9 (The Transfiguration) We’ve all had mountain top experiences. When the sun is bright, the light is shining and you are able to see for miles and miles and often see something for the first time that sometimes…

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Make Love, Not War

Posted: February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Ric Holland, 19 February 2017 I was arrested at an anti-Vietnam demonstration in London. Was this because I was storming the barricades and standing up for peace and justice? Was I laying my body on the line against the tyrants of fascism? Was I challenging the authority of…

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One = Alone, Two = Team

Posted: February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Ric Holland, 12 February 2017. Consider the Eleanor Rigby people; all the lonely people, where do they all come from? I was standing in Stanley Street, Liverpool, England, looking at a wonderful statue of Eleanor Rigby, underneath are the words “Dedicated to all the lonely people”. Then a…

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Then, Now, and If…

Posted: February 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Ric Holland, 5 February 2017. The Church has often had a higgledy-piggledy journey as it has travelled down the train line of history. It has not always been harmonious, nor has it been at one with itself or its own teachings. Let’s just remind ourselves of some of…

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How Spiritual Awareness Helps – A little spirit wisdom can make a huge difference

Posted: November 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 9 October 2016. By John Abbate. As Dr Macnab says, spiritual awareness is not something “high on the list of desired qualities” in our society, not something one places on a CV when applying for a job. What is spiritual awareness? Can we be in touch…

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If You Want To See Compassion, Study The Human Face

Posted: October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the St Michael’s Day address by Dr Francis Macnab, 25 September 2016. By John Abbate. Each year on St Michael’s Day, the church honours compassionate individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the community. The theme of this year’s celebrations was “compassion”, and Dr Macnab used his address to shed some light on that…

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There Are Ways To Heal The Mind. Can We Also Heal The Heart?

Posted: September 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 18 September, 2016. By John Abbate. Our heart carries this load of discontent, and the mind conceals the extent of our emotional pain. –Dr Francis Macnab Cardiologists, surgeons and physicians tell us that some hearts can recover from disease and damage. “Good news,” says Dr Macnab,…

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