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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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...

Imitating God’s Work Ethic

  I seem to be learning the same lesson repeatedly these days. My tendency is to plan, strategize and set in place processes that will achieve my goals. That’s the way I’m wired and like all personal characteristics this has its strengths and weaknesses. But I...

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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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You are not worth more when someone notices you. Draw your identity from the gaze of God, not from the looks and likes of others.

Situation for people with disability in UK depressingly similar in our research in Australia. Daily hassle, discrimination and patronising behaviour, particularly on PT https://t.co/UDsvYEsplK

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Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

― Mary Oliver #poetry

Build meaningful friendships with diverse people offline. A twitter follower doesn't count as diversity in your life.

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Special Thanks to Tim Ritchie for the photos!