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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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,...

The Church as Movement

  It was so refreshing to read the new book by Dan White Jr and JR Woodward The Church as Movement. I'm part of a blog tour where we share our reflections on various thoughts and chapters in the book. I found the book refreshing because so often we see resources...

Why Women Make Excellent Church Planters

(This article first appeared in Junia Project)   There has been a lot of attention for a while now in Christian circles around church planting. When church planting initially started gaining a lot of interest, some people felt that it was a fad and that it would...

Breaking through the culture of fear in Evangelicalism

I was talking recently with someone who has been very involved in inner city mission work for many years now. He was telling me stories about the homeless, marginalized, and destitute that he regularly connects with and tries to help. Some stories were so sad that my...

Moving into “Murder Mall”; An Advent Reflection

Sometimes when horrible things happen, truth and kindness emerge. I've moved into an inner city community recently and so I've been doing a bit of exploring. So far I've been simultaneously appalled and moved several times. Appalled by some of the violence, wrong...

Re-enchantment, Incarnation and Sacred Spaces in the Neighbourhood

  This is a lane with a name and a lamp in memory of the woman who survived being beaten and raped here. She happened to be lesbian. When the sun sets this lamp keeps vigil along with you who read this in silent meditation. I stood there and read those words on a...

When God shows up: What’s a Doubting Functional deist to do?

  My friends shuffled their feet, coughed, avoided eye contact with me and then silence hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity. I had just shared a story with my Christian peers about how I had taken a risk in making some dramatic changes in my life...

What is the future of the Church? Subterranean

Dan White Jr has a new book out called Subterranean: Why the future of the Church is Rootedness and I'm thrilled to be a part of his "Blog Tour" for the book. I'm focusing on Chapter 8 which looks at being "Rooted in Locality".  Most of us have realised by now that...

Should we still call God Father?

. Inevitably, when I’m at a forum where gender is being discussed this question comes up; “Should we still call God Father?” The question annoys me for various reasons but mainly because it is usually used as a barometer for where we stand in relation to feminism as...

The Unproductive Season

fallow land; fallow land, cropland that is not seeded for a season; it may or may not be plowed. The land may be cultivated or chemically treated for control of weeds and other pests or may be left unaltered. Allowing land to lie fallow serves to accumulate moisture...

The Spirituality of Jesus: Stop and Go?

  (This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Brad Brisco and Lance Ford in their excellent book The Missional Quest have a really helpful chapter called "Stop and Go: Rhythms of Inner Formation." The chapter is about the importance of rest in the life of a...

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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

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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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!