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Not spinning out

Yesterday, I read about Abdullah Elmir, a 17 year old Australian teenager from Bankstown, who featured in a recent IS video and claimed that IS would not stop fighting until, ‘the black flag is flying high in every single land.’ It is chilling and disturbing. Yet, it underlined for me the importance of what we are doing at Gordon Uniting in our Inter-faith month. In reaching out the hand of friendship and welcome, we will better understand what Islam stands for, and what it doesn’t stand for (and the ways in which it has been co-opted recently by a small extremist group).

A new story...

Indigenous Spirituality

I am very much looking forward to the visit of Dennis Foley, who will speak to us on Sunday morning about indigenous spirituality. I recently emailed Dennis asking him how we, non-indigenous, might gain some appreciation of the profound link with the land.

Whoever is not against us is for us

‘Whoever is not against us is for us’ (Mark 9:40)

And the First Pillar of Islam is...

Our Interfaith month begins this Sunday. As I look forward to it, I find myself thinking about truth, hospitality and learning. Let me briefly elaborate.

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