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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Homosexuality and the Church: Two Views and Some Thoughts.

  As I sit here in my local inner-city library writing this blog I am very aware of the people around me. I surreptitiously hold the book that I am reviewing and hope that no too curious person next to me reads the title. I have just read Two Views on...

The Courageous Love of a Frightened Mother

  Today I was talking to a mother who shared with me a story that made me smile and cheer her on. She told me that her teenage son was beginning to make friends with a girl at school who had a reputation for being a trouble-maker, promiscuous, badly behaved and...

Throwing Flower Bombs

Today I walked my neighbourhood with my  six year old niece. She took her phone and I told her that we would go on a photographic journey. "What's that?" she said. I told her that we would walk the streets and she could take photographs of anything she wanted and that...

The Thing about Gladys

  Yesterday the second female Premier of NSW was sworn in and apparently it took only about 15 minutes for the press to get to this; Journalist: Julia Gillard was prime minister and she copped a lot of questions about her marriage status and her child status,...

How do we practice being long-suffering in a polarised world?

This is a picture I saw in my newsfeed today. And also this I haven't really wanted to write about what's going on over in the USA because I needed to believe that it's all happening "over there" and not "over here". Why should we take such interest in what happens...

The spiritual discipline of repetition in an age of surface-skimming

When I was a minister in a church I used to think up of a new message to impart to my hungry congregation each week. Each week I would sit at my desk in my home and wait for inspiration. What I wrote had to be fresh, it had to be new, it needed to be a word for the...

The Shame of Loneliness

I am prone to feelings of loneliness. It's not because I'm single, I'm quick to add I realise. I used to feel this way even when I had that "special someone" in my life. I feel it when I am alone and also when I am surrounded by people. I don't feel it all of the time...

On Homo Incurvatus In Se and Becoming

    In my reading group a while ago quite suddenly, the concept of original sin popped up unexpectedly while reading a beautiful work of literature. The short story we were delving into did not mention it but as we reflected on what we read, a question...

Can Your Church be Missional and Attractional?

I had a conversation with a few friends recently where this dichotomy came up yet again; Can we be both missional and attractional? It seems like this is still a question that practitioners are wrestling with and I think that is a good thing. It's not a simple...

Thoughts on Middle Age at the Skinny Jeans Section of a Department Store

  "There are so many lovely options for girls your age but there are no nice clothes anywhere for women my age." As a young girl I can remember my mother saying this to me frequently when we went shopping. We went shopping a lot. It's how we bonded. We would go...

A Woman’s Icy Stare

One of the comments I am hearing that keeps being used about the debate yesterday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is the remark about the "icy stares" that Clinton continually gave Trump as he prattled on and on about things which he obviously knew very...

From Cumulus To Cirrus Today

Today I went for a jog and the wind was not my friend. The usually quiet bay where I run was heaving and swaying rhythmically. The water instead of looking like some kind of blue, smooth gelatine wobbling delicately as it usually does, transformed into a wrinkly,...

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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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Karina Kreminski

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- Leonard Sweet ...

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Karina Kreminski

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

― Mary Oliver

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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

“Instructions for living a life.
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!