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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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...

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...

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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!