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Celebrate with me – a milestone day

Wesley Mission has enjoyed a 212-year history. That’s more than 77,000 days. Some of those days are more significant than others. Like Thursday 9 May 2024… In the NSW Supreme Court just after 4pm, we finalised our first adoption matter as an accredited adoption agency. Two children. Nigel Lindsay, our…
Stu Cameron
17/05/2024
AdvocacyWriting

Tackling the housing crisis

Every Sunday as Sue and I traverse the Cahill Express on our way to church, I glance to the left and take in the view – ferries swirling around Circular Quay, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the magnificent Sydney Opera House. I will often comment that we will never…
Stu Cameron
24/04/2024
EventsWriting

Hospitality is the heartbeat of our work

There’s nothing I like more than getting together with friends around a table, sharing food and conversation. Sue and I are blessed to live in a lovely home with plenty of space to offer hospitality. Meals are shared around our second-hand BHP Newcastle work desk that years ago we transformed…
Stu Cameron
11/04/2024
EventsWriting

Church and a Six Pack

Decades ago, one of my Superintendent predecessors, Rev Alan Walker, initiated what is now our Easter Mission. Over the years Easter Mission has been expressed in various ways, including celebration services hosted in drive-ins, Darling Harbour spectaculars, Easter Sunrise service broadcasts from the Opera House and of course, our Easter…
Stu Cameron
21/03/2024
Writing

Celebrating Wesley David Morgan Centre

This week’s Soft Hearts is blessedly short of words. I simply implore you to watch a 5-minute video which was broadcast nationally on A Current Affair around 10 days ago. It features our very own Wesley David Morgan Centre (DMC), dubbed ‘Australia’s Happiest Workplace.’ I dare you to watch it…
Stu Cameron
15/02/2024
Writing

Leadership Kryptonite

I’ve been journaling my way through the stories of Israel’s early kings. There are so many lessons for me as a leader – hard lessons. The bible is bracing in surfacing the rebellious spirit lurking in the dark corners of every otherwise beloved human heart. Amidst stories of God’s patient…
Stu Cameron
12/02/2024
Writing

What fills your cup?

What fills your cup? What energises you? What replenishes your soul?  I’ve shared before that reading is a life-giving rhythm for me. As a kid, I was so keen I’d read the back of the cereal packet (Weet Bix) at the breakfast table. Over and over again. I’ve always loved…
Stu Cameron
08/02/2024
Church stock imageWriting

Repentance before Revival

For all but seven years of my 40-year working life I’ve served in roles in the Uniting Church in Australia - as a lay person and as clergy, in four states and in denominational and congregational settings - and now a congregation/agency role at Wesley Mission. It’s been a wild…
Stu Cameron
05/02/2024
Writing

Happy new year!

Happy New Year! Almost a month into 2024, with the summer holidays drawing to a close, that greeting almost feels redundant now. But given this is my first ‘Soft Hearts’ newsletter for 2024, and my first opportunity to share something of my heart with you this year – it still…
Stu Cameron
01/02/2024
ChurchillWriting

Churchill Leadership Lessons

I’ve just finished reading Andrew Robert’s magisterial biography of Winston Churchill, a 982-page account of a life so astonishing I had to remind myself repeatedly it wasn’t fiction, but true history. There’s so much to learn from the story of this remarkable, complex man – especially for those of us…
Stu Cameron
23/01/2024
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