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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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...

Things only religious women hear

Last night I went to Susan Carland's book launch in Sydney. She has written a book called Fighting Hislam which is about standing against a patriarchal interpretation of Islam. She has interviewed Muslim women in Australia and North America about their experiences of...

Practicing peace-making conversations in a polarised world

This recent photo caught my attention. It is of 16-year-old Lucie Myslíková, a girl scout who is standing up to a rightwing demonstrator a May Day rally held by neo-Nazis  in the Czech Republic’s second biggest city. It reminded me of this photo also taken recently....

Why are so many Christians looking for churches?

  Lately I have lost track of how many Christians I am meeting who ask me if I know of any churches in their area that they might be able to join. Some of them are not currently attending a church, others are at a church but find it unsatisfying. We know of...

In praise of people who pull faces at library windows

My neighbourhood library has individual seats that line up at a long shared table which face those sitting there to a glass exterior wall letting us look out onto the street. It's a busy street and a busier library. The seats are usually all taken by the time that I...

Is International Women’s Day Tokenistic?

Yet again International Women's Day is upon us and I start feeling that familiar sense of resignation, discouragement and mild annoyance. Various social media discussions have been circulating around activities planned for International Women's Day. The city of...

There are more female pastors…but.

  I came across an article today that sounded very encouraging. Female pastors are on the rise, I skimmed to the section where this was mentioned just to be sure that I had not read wrongly. I hadn't. There are more females as pastors than ever before today. This...

“Pre-evangelism” in a Secular Age

I've been regularly meeting up recently with a group of people who are not Christian to talk about spiritual things. In our meetings the point is not to talk about Christianity, though people can if they want to, but rather to explore a more generic expression of...

The prophetic task of the church

What is the role of the church today? By the church I mean a people that have freely chosen to follow Jesus, in our world. What would the world reimagined look like if it displayed the beauty, salvation, love, justice, truth and mercy that we see Jesus embodying in...

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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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3 weeks ago

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!