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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Why Men Need to Engage in the ‘Gender Debate’.

A few weeks ago I preached at my church on the 'Theme of Women in the Gospel of Luke'. It was in the context of a series on Luke but I was still quite anxious. I was worried that I would be seen as getting on my hobby horse and I feared isolating people in my...

Gender is a kingdom of God issue

Why are we as the people of God not talking a whole lot more about gender? Here are some comments I have heard recently and increasingly that might help to answer that question;  1. 'We are so over this, do we have to go over the "gender thing" again?' 2. 'This is...

The Discipline of Invisibility

Recently I was talking with a friend who made a comment that really unsettled me. She said that she felt that these days every time a leader or a pastor communicates about their church or ministry it is always about the success of the ministry. That led us into a...

Thoughts on ‘Missio Alliance’ conference

 So many changes have happened at such a dizzying pace in the Western world that we who live here are only relatively recently waking up and wondering about the impact of this change. Moreover it has forced us as Christians to ask very simple and basic questions like...

Practicing Simplicity in the Suburbs

Can you be radical even though you live in the suburbs? This is a question I've been asking myself lately as I hear people tell inspiring stories about people who have given it all up and gone to live their lives in meager circumstances. I hear of people who leave...

Why it’s not just about Women in Ministry

The other night I went to see, hear and experience three women singing in a performance called 'Sing the Truth'. The musical director who was a drummer, who was a female, who had won a Grammy for musical direction, themed the performance around the concepts of truth,...

The Disturbing Story of the Birth of Jesus

    Every year at this season we need to ask afresh 'What is God saying to us as we again read  those familiar birth narratives in the gospels?'  Christians sometimes have fallen for the cultural interpretations of the story of the birth of Jesus. Picture this; the...

The God who Weaves Himself into the Fabric of the Universe

Richard Rohr in this 4 minute clip joyfully reflects on the pattern of the Trinity which is knitted into the essence of the universe. Have a listen before you read on. What I love about what he says, among other things, is that the very essence of God is woven into...

A prophet in the suburbs?

The other day I watched a program called The toughest place to be a... It's all about taking people out of their comfort zones in their current profession and placing them in the same job but in another country. The twist as the title implies is that the country in...

Why women need to encourage one another

On a day when female bishops are denied their desire to serve in the church of England and Aussie businesswoman Carolyn Cresswell takes out the Telstra business woman of the year award, I once again marvel at the irony. Even though I think that in general it is...

Why are Christians so judgmental?

© Cristi111 | Dreamstime.com  Why are Christians so judgmental? This is a question that apparently a lot of those who do not identify themselves as Christians ask today. In a talk that I attended just recently regarding the attitudes of our broader culture towards...

Practicing prayer for healing

I was just checking out the website of the Mind, Body,Spirit Festival in Sydney which is on now, and once again I am dazzled by all of the options for well being and healing available. And once again I ask does Christian spirituality have any place here? Have...

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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!