The initiative for this book came when the editors were conducting the research for Why Weren’t We Told? They were privileged to share numerous individual spiritual journeys while they were gathering information on ‘grassroots’ group activities. They resolved that, at some time in the future, these courageous stories needed to be told as an inspiration to others never to give up searching and asking questions about matters of faith. As material from scholars studying the historical Jesus became publicly available, people asked the question: why weren’t we told? Some of these people went on to explore for themselves this scholarship and for many it resonated so strongly with their personal faith journey that they found it impossible to return to Christian orthodoxy.
John Smith was ordained as a ‘Minister of the Word’ in 1974. His ministries in the Uniting Church include welfare management, chaplaincy and parish ministry. A trained social worker, John is recognised for his pioneering work with children, including the establishment of non-residential programs for young offenders. John is a founding member of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria. He is also a member and serves on the planning teams for Common Dreams conferences and ‘Common Dreams on the Road’. John is currently the parish minister at St Andrew’s Uniting Church Box Hill.
Rex A E Hunt is a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. He was Founding Director and Life Member of The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, and Chair of The Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives, Australia and South Pacific. His web site is visited regularly by people from thirty-five countries around the world. Rex and his wife Dylis live on the Central Coast of New South Wales.