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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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....

Hygge and the Longing for Home

  It seems like everywhere I go today I hear about Hygge. Hygge is the latest craze to hit our trend-obsessed world surpassing mindfulness and happiness as the medicine which will soothe our troubled souls in a weary, tumultuous world. It's yet another gift given...

Getting rid of Christian labels and calling out sexism

  At a lecture on gender some time ago I said Christians have become much too obsessed in discussing matters around gender which circulate around whether, for example, women can preach in the church, whether they can lead men, whether we are complementarians or...

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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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“…But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint…”

-T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
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"they have spoken of the river Forever bending inside the fever Of the saints that walk all night with no domain" ( lanoise)

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“Beware of cultivating perpetual rage. There's much to be angry about, but your soul cannot bear the strain of perpetual rage.”

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Just read an early manuscript of @KarinaKreminski new book Urban Spirituality. So fresh, so prophetic, so grounded in the neighborhood!

"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens."

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