Editorial: a whole new world

It’s not easy to break out of your circle. Whether it’s your circle of friends, your career path or moving to a new place; it takes guts. In some circumstances, it’s hard to know whether it’s a good  idea to try something new or if it’d be better to just keep things the way they are. When it comes to challenging yourself to move beyond your normal activities and attitudes, sometimes our  only fears are of failure, or of the unknown.

One of the biggest joys of going beyond your circle is the new encounters you’ll face; meeting new people and seeing new places. It’s a chance to learn more about the world, other people,  cultures and new ways of doing things. Some of the best experiences I’ve had in life have been the ones I was terrified of going into.

This edition we’ve explored ways of going beyond our circles with people who are doing it day by day. Our feature article explores Ramadan, which is coming up in June. As a Christian publication, we’d like to encourage our readers to support and love our Islamic friends as they challenge themselves in this spiritual journey with God.

Kris Halliday also shares with us his passion to make a difference in the lives of at-risk people in Perth’s inner city; and Rev Dr Ian Robinson is calling all young adults to join him and  other church leaders in exploring the Middle East, on the Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

In recent years in the Uniting Church in WA there has been a lot of discussion about breaking out of our ‘silos.’ We felt that the cover of this edition of Revive tells part of that story, with a  ladder leading out of a silo, to the beautiful blue sky above.

Once out of the silo, there’s a whole world to explore.

Heather Dowling

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