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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Musings on the “One Guy” Leadership Model

(This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Recently I was at a gathering of church planters and I had a conversation with one planter which made me think again about how we view church leadership. I'm thinking about planting a church myself, so I am interested in...

Is Church Meant To Be Safe?

(This post first appeared at Missio Alliance) Recently I had an experience where I was sharing in a group with other Christians. We were all speaking very openly about some of the issues that we were struggling with in our lives. As one member of the group spoke about...

‘Let’s rest here for a little bit’

Have you ever heard someone say something like, 'That guy is a machine'? Or maybe you have heard something like, 'She just powers on like a machine'. When people say such things about others I'm often left feeling a little confused. It surprised me to realise the...

What Happened When I Stopped Being a Senior Pastor

(This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Last year I finished my ministry at the church which I had been leading for 13 years. For about seven of those years my role was Senior Pastor. So that’s seven years of leading, vision casting, pastoring, nurturing a team,...

The Hidden Gnosticism in Evangelical Christianity

(Photo by Ina Echternack,CCvia Flickr) (This post first appeared in Missio Alliance) A while ago I heard someone say “Christian discipleship is the process of becoming more human”. I remember the phrase staying with me for some time as I tossed and turned it over in...

The Fallacy of the Homogeneity Principle

  (This Post First Appeared in Missio Alliance)   I can remember over 15 years ago now, having a memorable conversation with my pastor at that time. I was a student pastor way back then and eager to fix our church which I thought was becoming irrelevant in its...

Why Bother with Advent?

(Simeon with the Infant Jesus, Benjamin West) Why bother with Advent? This is not a question that I have heard anyone ask me audibly, but I have seen the looks on some people's faces when I mention the word, looks which seem to ask me this question in a rather puzzled...

The Pastor as Cultural Exegete

(This post first appeared in Missio Alliance)   One thing that I am usually wrestling with as a pastor of a suburban church in Sydney, is how the church can embody the narrative of the Kingdom of God story in a culture which displays so many false narratives. In a...

Is Church Turning us into Nice people?

(This Blog first appeared at MissioAlliance.org) The other day someone told me about a discussion they had with a friend who said that they were leaving their church to join another church. Fair enough I thought, I hear this a lot. What caught my attention however is...

Embracing the enemy

(This post first appeared at www.MissioAlliance.org)  In the Preface to his book Exclusion and Embrace, theologian Miroslav Volf tells a storyabout how at the end of giving a lecture once, Professor Jurgen Moltmann asked him publically ‘But can you embrace a cetnik?’...

Where are the Christians?

Last night I went to the opening of the Sydney Writers' Festival where Andrew Solomon gave the address. Solomon is an award winning writer, gay activist and father.In his latest book Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the search for Identity he researches over...

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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.”

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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!