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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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...

White Picket Fences

I spent a few hours the other day walking around suburbia noticing and seeing the little things that we usually walk past everyday without paying any attention. 'The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price. If I thought he could teach me to find it and...

Reflections on Easter 2014

Christ in Gethsemane (Michael O'Brien) I love the Easter season and I'm always sad when it ends. I love the hot cross buns, the music, I love the way that Sydney slows down, I love the autumn weather breaking through the maple tree leaves....the chocolate. Most of all...

The Formation of a People of God

I  pastor a small to medium church sized church in a middle class suburb in Sydney Australia. Over the last year or so we have been moving from a mostly attractional model to a more missional model in the way that we ‘be’ and ‘do church’. As you can imagine, if you...

Does the Church provide space to Lament?

Recently I have been feeling the need to grieve.  Nothing major just feeling slightly ripped open, bitter, revolted by, tortured by, sick, cut by the ugliness in our world today. I want to cry, go numb, throw things, weep, throw up, groan because of all the manifest...

Liminality and Leadership

A few months ago I asked a well respected Australian social researcher Mark McCrindle to speak at our church on the topic ‘We’re not in Kansas anymore’. The idea was to convey through  statistics and discerning emerging trends in the Australian landscape, just how...

How do you preach to women?

It seems to me that a current popular question in the circles that I move in, asked by male preachers sounds something like this 'When preaching to women what are some things that need to be kept in mind?'  The first time that I heard this I baulked, rolled my eyes...

The Kingdom of God at my Dinner Table

The other night I invited six people to a dinner party that I was hosting for my birthday. I picked six because I have a table that seats that many and I didn't want it to be so big that people would break off into groups to talk. I desired ideally, good conversation...

Were the teachings of Jesus extreme?

Were the teachings of Jesus extreme? In the space of one day I came across these two quotes; 'It's surprising how extreme Jesus' teachings are. If we find ourselves on a comfortable middle ground, we're probably not following him' And, 'As for the parables, Jesus knew...

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About Karina Kreminski

Karina Kreminski 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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I feel like I'm in the presence of parish mission royalty. I got to tag along this morning as my dear friend @KarinaKreminski showed my other dear friends Paul and Elizabeth Sparks around her neighbourhood, Surry Hills.

“Today, it is fashionable to talk about the poor.
Unfortunately, it is not so fashionable to talk with them.”

// Mother Teresa

@KarinaKreminski asks: Do you feel like a failure if you haven’t converted anyone?
Link: https://t.co/TvyOZl5UJB

Urban mission is birthed and sustained by an urban spirituality, writes @KarinaKreminski. Service and witness take place in ordinary life, where we are neighbours in our communities and grounded in our neighbourhoods. Reviewed by Charles Ringma.

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Special Thanks to Tim Ritchie for the photos!