Karina Kreminski

Inner city dweller. Explorer. Writer. Leaf blower hater. Flâneuse.
Neighbourhood enthusiast. Lover of all things urban. Tea snob. Shalom builder.

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Love thy Neighbour…or maybe just keep away from them.

I took the elevator down to the ground floor of my building as usual. It shook a few times as it slid down the levels and I began to wonder if it would break down yet again. When I landed at the ground floor I walked past the hardly used noticeboard, but a scrap piece...

The damage that religion does

I often talk with people in my neighbourhood who are very critical and sceptical about religion and especially Christianity. Recently yet again, I sat around a table talking with some friends and the topic of Christianity came up. Each person shared a story about how...

How do we get focus and stillness in an age of social media distraction?

(photo by Antoine Greiger) Almost every week on the social media feeds there is some issue that makes a claim on our attention and demands our focus. Almost every week on social media I feel compelled to engage in whatever the issue is at that particular time. I feel...

Should Christians be telling people they are “sinners”?

I was speaking with a friend who is not religious and telling him about a workshop that I run in my neighbourhood which could essentially be characterised as a self-improvement course. He knows that I am a Christian and replied, "Christians have a persecution...

Rescuing Christ from the Christian church?

  Recently columnist Elizabeth Farrelly wrote an article calling for a project to "Rescue Christ from the Christian church." Her call was a plea for people not to give up on spirituality because of the heinous crimes of the Church and simultaneously a scathing...

Just another homeless person

Photo by Tim Ritchie "You probably think I'm just another one of those homeless people. Just another bum sleeping on the street." This is how my new friend Matt reacted when we were introduced to each other recently. I have passed by many times through the laneway...

The invisible older woman

My work has led me to interact and become friends with an 81 year old woman in my community. For a project our team is working on, we had to take a photo of my new friend. The photograph was professional, well-shot and stylistically near perfect, but I knew she would...

When Christianity turns you into a worse person

I had a conversation with a friend recently that left me feeling embarrassed and devastated. She lives in public housing, is a sharp as a whip straight talker, can discern a fake from a mile away and in our conversation she was cautioning me to have a realistic...

There’s room for everyone at the feminist table

I have a friend who is in her mid twenties and she is strong, independent, intelligent, well-read and sassy. She also hates feminism. So it fascinated me when she told me that she loved the new Wonder Woman movie. What she liked was the way that Wonder woman was...

Six questions to ask yourself for living a meaningful life

When I ask people the question, "What is the most important thing in life to you?" or "What makes you happy?" most talk about their relationships, family and health. However, many will at some stage of the conversation tell me that what matters is living a meaningful...

A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

  When I listen to jazz I often feel like the notes being played are the notes between the notes. Jazz seems to be about the in-between spaces rather than what already exists. There's a playfulness, an exploration happening and from that new melodies are created...

The Subversive Act of Hugging

  Sometimes it's the smallest things that can undermine a whole social system. There is a video on social media of a Muslim man who stands on the street blindfolded, arms outstretched, with a sign at his feet that reads; I'm Muslim and people call me a terrorist....

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About Karina

Karina has worked in the fields of English teaching, Journalism and has also been a Minister in the Church. She currently teaches at Morling College in Sydney and also writes and blogs about spirituality, mission, and theology. Karina has led a church and also been on various denominational boards and vision committees. She loves mentoring young women for leadership and speaks regularly at churches and conferences on neighbourhood and community mission and activism. She is the facilitator of The Happiness Lab at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, and is involved in a storytelling project called Surry Hills & Valleys with locals in Surry Hills, an inner city village in Sydney.

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3 weeks ago

Karina Kreminski

Common Grace
When we're surrounded by so much injustice, it can be easy to become numb or indifferent to the pain around us. But God calls us to "hunger and thirst for righteousness" by living it out in our love and kindness shown to our neighbour.

In today's Lent video, Karina Kreminski reflects on how those who long for righteousness, peace and justice find fullness in the Kingdom of God, as they participate with God's in making right the injustice in our world.

For daily bible readings and spiritual practises on this passage, visit www.commongrace.org.au/beatitudes_hunger_and_thirst_for_righteousness

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❤️❤️❤️❤️ thank you for that beautiful & challenging message friend

I watched it more than once! Wonderful video! 🙏

So much yes... xo

You have a gift. May we be disrupted and disruptive


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Karina Kreminski

There are two ways of being a prophet. One is to tell the enslaved that they can be free. It is the difficult path of Moses. The second is to tell those who think they are free that they are in fact enslaved. This is the even more difficult path of Jesus.

- Richard Rohr

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What a fantastic quotation Karina. I assume that the inference is that the even more difficult path leads to death?..

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We expect too much of humans, imagining them as limitless, unbreakable, Promethean champions; not taking into account the sinfulness and blindness of the human heart/mind. We expect too little of humans, reducing them to mere consumers, demographics, and drivers license numbers.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound,
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be.
I go and lie down where the wood drake rests
in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of the wild things

The canonization of Oscar Romero is an immense step forward for the church, and a great wrong finally righted. Archbishop Romero, gunned down at the altar while saying Mass, after his prophetic defense of God's poor in El Salvador, was clearly, and always, a martyr and a saint.

Calling it “social” media is the original lie. It suggests this medium is a portal to intimacy. So you imagine you “know” people you “see” constantly online.

But if you’ve never met them, you don’t *know* them.

This is just publicity by other means.

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Special Thanks to Tim Ritchie for the photos!