Editorial: Playing with honesty

I’ve just finished putting together our profile story on Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber after getting up to interview her at 3.00am, Perth time. It struck me that this edition, ‘I think,  therefore I am’, has really forced me to think a lot about my own faith. I’m usually pretty private about that sort of stuff, but after reading Nadia’s book and hearing her speak with such honesty, she inspired me to try to do the same.

I’m pretty new to this ‘thinking about faith’ thing, so I have lots of doubts, lots of questions and lots of hope that I can be accepted for all that I am. I imagine that many of you have  also been through this in entirely your own way. And you will have loads of experience and wisdom to share. This church is so diverse that there are many understandings of being Christian.  From small differences in interpreting a narrative, to major differences on controversial issues; we don’t have to all agree, but we still all come under the banner of the Uniting Church in  Australia.

I spent the weekend a couple of weeks ago basking in all this difference with my two boys at Kids’ Camp Out (KCO). While they enjoyed the company, craft, games and music, I loved  seeing them get to know their group and also mingle with heaps of other congregations, all with varying theologies and backgrounds. It was such a great time for them and a great  opportunity to really see what the church can be. You can read more about KCO and check out the pictures here.

So, now it’s your turn. We want to know what you think. About this edition, about your faith, about the church or an aspect of any of these. What experiences have you had lately that  have had an impact on your life or faith? What have you been up to that has helped connect you with someone else? Be open and willing to listen. Be respectful, loving and caring, but  don’t be shy. And do try to be honest.

The Listening Workshop, to be held this April, will be an opportunity for everyone associated with the Uniting Church in WA to do just this and help shape the future of our church. More  information is here. And don’t forget to send in your letters to revive@wa.uca.org.au or message us via facebook at facebook.com/unitingchurchwa or send them in the post to  Revive, Uniting Church in Western Australia, GPO Box M952 Perth WA 6000.

Heather Dowling

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