Articles

Give Holy Communion the Flick! Celebrate the Jesus Banquet. (2014)
• A 'quick-fire' presentation at the launch of the Progressive Spirituality New Zealand

(Re)Birthing Christmas: Hot and Dusty and Hard to Christianise! (2011)
• The third of three presentations at the Annual Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Australia

(Re)Birthing Jesus: Giving Sinners a Break! (2011)
• The second of three presentations at the Annual Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Australia

(Re)Birthing the Bible: More like Humpty-Dumpty than Alice! (2011)
• The first of three presentations at the Annual Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Australia

Yes! To Christmas and all its tinsel... (2000)
• This is a copy of an article I published way back in 2000 which I reckon, still has relevance

The gift of progressive movements (2009)
• Published in Cross Purposes. A forum for theological dialogue. Issue No. 18. October 2009.

Anything new under the Sun: Shaping contemporary 'Sunday Morning' experiences
• The first of three presentations during the launch of the Lay Forum, a progressive lay movement within the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia (2009)

The Grass-roots Movement called 'progressive Christianity'
The inaugural Rod Jensen Memorial Lecture, 2009
• The second of three presentations during the launch of the Lay Forum, a progressive lay movement within the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia (2009)

Jesus and Parables: Stories of cooperation and challenge, with a fang!
• The third of three presentations during the launch of the Lay Forum, a progressive lay movement within the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia (2009)

An Ordinary, 'natural', Progressive Religion (2009)
• A presentation to The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Sydney

To Be or Not to Be: An 'against the stream' Theology Report (2009)
• A presentation to The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Canberra

Christmas and Popular Culture (2008)
• A presentation to the Rotary Club of Woden, ACT.

Our landscape is: Shaping contemporary Australian 'Sunday morning' experiences (2005)
• Our Australian/Southern hemisphere liturgies should be both theologically and  'landscape' honest.

Christmas is just... Christmas (2006)
• An address to the Rotary Club of Canberra-Woden. The fourth such presentation and/or article in this current collection.

A more adventurous life! Launch of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria (2006)
• Welcome to the more adventurous 'progressive religious' life!

What are they now saying about... (2005)
• Reflections after some 'study leave' undertaken in USA, Canada and England.

Christmas: Store the piety, find the joy (2005)
• A short article which challenges the pious grandstanding by 'fundamentalists' of Christmas.

Parables: Stories with a fang! (2005)
• Parables are stories which create a space, so the twist in their tail can upset our everyday world views.

The Jesus Seminar's 'progressive thinking'. An introduction to the new quest for the historical Jesus (2003)
Introducing the work of the Jesus Seminar.

Christmas: An extremely difficult festival to christianise (2000)
• Christmas has always been a hybrid event, weaving together culture and religion. Today 'media' is now added to this cultural mix.

Liturgy, liturgists, and Port Arthur (1996)
• In the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre, the media played an important liturgical role in the healing process.

On not leaving Christmas 'to the pagans' (1996)
• The church’s attempt at offering a counter culture position through the classic ‘Christ against culture’, seems not to have solved anything for the festival of Christmas.

Pentecost: The day we see red! (1996)
• A brief article which invites lay people/leaders to 'celebrate'!

Please tell us your stories: Re-imagining the poetic in religious communication (1993)
• A presentation at the Third Conference on Christianity and Communication, at Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

Remembering and imagination. The Bible and memory (1993)
• Memory is the imaginative tool of the biblical storyteller. It is not a bottomless 'filing cabinet'.

Shaping storytelling groups (1992)
Stories are an essential part of our social experience.

Telling it slant! Symbol, image and metaphor (1990)
• 'Indirect' is the style and shape religious communication should take.
A presentation to the Australian Churches Media Association, Sydney, Australia.

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