Scattered Thoughts

Scattered Thoughts

‘Scattered Thoughts’ are just that! This is a blog from Minister of the Word, Rev. Rob Hanks. It’s a space for thought starters, themes, ideas, reflections, highlights, resources, music and pictures. Readers can follow our work for the ‘common good’, pick up worship themes, read important articles or find invitations to get involved in making the world a better place.

BIG Movies at Morisset UCA

Join us for a gold coin donation and see this launch of BIG Movies at Morisset Uniting “Church in the Trees” 2pm Sunday 24th June 2018!!              Invite your friends!! ...
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Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”

“Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”, 2017, a 60-metre inflatable boat filled with more than 200 oversized figures, made from the same rubber used to manufacture the precarious vessels that carry refugees across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, fills the cavernous space of a former industrial workshop on Cockatoo Island in Sydney… A remarkable part of Sydney’s Biennale, I’m glad I made it there for a flying visit. It’s time we changed our policy in this country. Spend our billions on UNHCR Processing Centres in Asia, negotiate a fair share of the security and response across those countries, ...
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“Fix It” Festival and the local area

While we still wrestle with what our idea is and which way forward, I’m interested that a number of similar ideas have sprung up. Namely a Repair Cafe in Toronto, Upcycling, Bicycle Maintenance, and the emergence of the quite brilliant “South Lake Marketplace” providing food and other items for those in need. More recently, Eat Street and now “Respect All” monthly markets both at Cooranbong are signs others feel the ‘lack’ in our community. Perhaps we might end up offering something of a ‘Showcase’ for these initiatives alongside what we work out to be our unique contribution!!! Food for much ...
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Favourite Hymns Worship

9.30am 22nd April 2018 is the time for “Favourite Hymns” worship at Morisset Uniting “Church in the Trees.” A great theme while I’m away for a week… and yet I have been reflecting on this and things like use of the traditional English words of the Lords Prayer at Funerals and the constant tension around music choice on the journey as a worshipping congregation wherever a place has a long history and strong connections to their tradition!! I know the deceased and many family members will know the Lords Prayer well… yet it risks the impression nothing ever changes in ...
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“The Greatest Showman”

Brilliant musical film that took eight years to get made and the music was ready before the composers scored “La La Land”!! Hugh Jackman and the cast pull together a pretty good representation of the story of PT Barnum and create an inspirational movie!! Out on iTunes today 18th April 2018 and potential first BIG Movie screening for gold coin donation at “Church in the Trees”!! ...
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“God is Love”

Join us this day as we connect with ‘Global Love Day’ and reflect on care for the creation and God’s unconditional love!!!! ...
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Reflecting on ‘Leadership’

Over Easter I was reflecting a lot on the nature of ‘leadership.’ I’d been looking at some resources and remembering back over many many readings, workshops, role models and some rubbish I’d seen and read. I was thinking about the costs and the essential nature of relational leadership. Christian communities of faith are not military endeavours or businesses. There are moments in need of ‘authority’ but by and large authenticity, humility and servanthood are our template. It’s more vulnerable, time consuming and rewarding. It doesn’t rely on power over but the elusive practice of power with. Much is made of ...
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“Inspiracy” 2018 Weekend

For those who explore faith and have a justice dimension to their thinking, who like to be stretched and taught and/or who value God’s Creation as the environment in which we live… this weekend holds lots of aspects worth participation!!! And it includes a “Social Justice Film Competition” for 12-20 year olds… Details of the weekend click HERE And of the Film Competition HERE ...
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“The Deep” Six Week Reflections 2018

Here are six downloadable PDF files of this year’s Lenten Reflections titled “The Deep.”                                                                    They are designed to unpack the weekly Readings but to also offer a range of discipleship practices to engage in over the time… They were meant to offer some challenges along the way!! Lent Reflections 2018 Week 01 PDF Lent Reflections 2018 Week 02 PDF Lent Reflections 2018 Week 03 PDF Lent Reflections ...
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LENT Event 2018

This year Uniting World will benefit from any donations made in response to their work in the world with partner churches from across the globe!! Live simply for 6 weeks and donate your savings, make a one off gift to support our engagement in God’s mission… Check Uniting World Lent Event website here ...
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