Category Archives: Events

A Different “Development” Project

   Over the last 8 and a bit months I have been working on a little bit of a different development project. As we anticipate all the change that this will mean in our lives and our family I would … Continue reading

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Trust the process and trust the Spirit… and who knows where it might lead!

I’ve been framing up a series of lectures with my Faith in Action colleague Peter McDonald over recent weeks and one thing he has been reflecting on quite a bit is how group processes can be used to help us … Continue reading

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Good mental health for congregations – without getting clinical

Peter and I had a great conversation this morning at Corromandel Valley Uniting Church with a number of Church leaders interested in how we can walk alongside people in our congregations and communities who are struggling with bumpy roads in … Continue reading

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What ELSE did I learn from our conversation about working with refugees and asylum seekers?

Last week I posted about the challenge I felt from Brad Chilcot’s call to appreciate the polarities in people by starting out from areas of mutuality rather than adversary. But this wasn’t all I learned from that conversation. My other … Continue reading

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Finding Bright Spots in Highly Divisive Issues

I sat down to write a summary of key learning taken from Friday’s Faith in Action workshop and yet before I do that (in my next post) I want to share with you the manner that workshop played into a … Continue reading

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Discovering the hidden opportunities of refugees and other minority groups

Faith in Action is looking forward to a longer conversation with our supporters about what it takes to work well alongside refugees and other disadvantaged communities.  Come to  a deep conversation with those who are making a difference to this … Continue reading

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Coaching for Life (Workshop)

Coaching is a discipline that marries well with an assets based approach to community development. The aim of coaching is to allow a person or group to remain the expert in their own life(s) while supporting them to take actions … Continue reading

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Faith in Action (in the second half of 2014)

Last week Peter and I had a long conversations about our favourite moments in the Faith in Action initiative.  Two things stood out as working really well – visiting churches and the longer workshops.  We have decided to run with … Continue reading

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On Being Truly Accountable. (Faith in Action with Graeme McKerracher)

Those who attended our last Faith in Action afternoon had the distinct pleasure of hearing from Graeme McKerracher. Graeme reflected on his work with communities in Scotland and Australia and critically considered: “If I knew then what I know now … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best When There is So Much Good to Do.

Earlier this week Peter McDonald and I spend some time with the ministers at the Blackwood Uniting Church. Blackwood UCA is a very community focused church with high value of justice and community service. Like many Churches, however, Blackwood’s approach … Continue reading

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