In the 1990s I travelled to the USA to join a Lutheran Youth Encounter musical team, ‘Captive Free’ touring the US east coast for 12 months. There were six of us: a drummer, a singer, a bass guitarist, lead guitarist, keyboard player, and sound technician.
Joy Mules was about three years old when she caught the music bug. In around 1938, the brass bands parading through the streets of Tanunda, in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, drew her away from her mother’s side to march off with one of them.
Something I learnt while working as an economist in Canberra is that you can have the best policy ideas in the world, but don’t bother if you can’t think through the transition of taking them from A (an idea) to B (a practical reality).
It’s hard to go past a friendly smile greeting you at the door before Sunday worship, or that warm cup of tea or coffee after service. Isn’t that what makes our faith communities welcoming? Whether new faces or regulars, being made to feel welcome is how we connect as a community.
What reaction do you have when you find yourself dealing with change? Of course, it depends on the nature and extent of such change, but I have experienced everything from excitement to dread, from anxiety to hope, from anticipation to fear.
Some people just get on and do. No fuss, they just find a place where they can quietly help out. For one such septuagenarian, Annette Wessling, it has been a case of finding not one but several places to lend a helping hand and a listening ear.
As a teenager I came across In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. This is a novel in which a handful of Christians decide to ask what Jesus would do before they make each decision. Their community is transformed. I thought, ‘I need to do that’. Well, I made it about three days before giving up.
Our journey through life is filled with millions of steps. Even though we live in an era of fast-moving vehicles, walking is still an important aspect of daily life. It’s generally thought that walking 10,000 steps a day is a positive way to help keep blood pressure down and heart disease at bay.