To my friends gathered on Gadigal land in Waterloo.
I give thanks for your faithful celebration of Eucharist each week, and for the way it is carried into morning tea and the many ministries of your church. I rejoice that you welcome all who come – wherever they’re from, whatever their story, and whenever they arrive – as a part of the body of Christ in South Sydney.
I recognise that you worship in an area where there is a high concentration of people with complex needs and difficult life situations, and that you have done well in establishing connections that are difficult to sustain. How well do you maintain contact with them, provide opportunities for community and spaces for supporting each other? How will you maintain community as the area changes and stand by those who may be disadvantaged by the changes in the social mix?
Always be thankful for revenue from property. Do not take it for granted and acknowledge your debt to the generations that came before and remember your obligations to those who come afterwards. I urge you to find the best use of your resources according to the changing circumstances. Perhaps it is time that you installed a shower for the homeless.
From small group work during the second Mission Workshop (Theological Reflection Day) led by Rev. Dr Clive Pearson on Sunday, March 13. After exploring the Letters to the churches in the New Testament, what might a “Letter to South Sydney” say?