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Growing and equipping communities and organisations to flourish in the ecology of the urban neighbourhood

About Us

We are a team committed to seeing local neighbourhoods flourish. Neighbourhoods matter. We want to help people look beyond the four walls of institutions and develop the ability to listen deeply to what the skills are in their own communities. It’s only after we listen that we can discern contextualised opportunities to bring about harmony, justice and compassion in the diverse ecology of the neighbourhood. It is through our relationships and inspiring initiatives that we can see transformation in our world. We believe in the goodness, diversity and complexity of the urban space, even though this is sometimes a forgotten area for engagement. Cities are places that need nurturing so that they become resilient where all can live, work, learn and play together.

Karina and Armen
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Rev. Dr Karina Kreminski

Inner city dweller. Explorer. Writer. Leaf blower hater. Flâneuse. Neighbourhood enthusiast. Lover of all things urban. Tea snob. Shalom builder.

Rev. Dr Karina Kreminski has worked in English teaching and journalism. She has been a Senior Minister in the Church and was Missiology Lecturer at Morling College in Sydney. Karina has a doctorate in missional formation. She writes and blogs about life, spirituality, mission and theology and is the author of Urban Spirituality: Embodying God’s Mission in the Neighbourhood (2018). She has also been on various denominational boards and vision committees. Karina loves forming people for leadership and speaks regularly at churches and conferences on neighbourhood mission. She has facilitated The Happiness Lab at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre where she is a board member, and is involved in a storytelling project called Surry Hills & Valleys in Surry Hills, an inner city village in Sydney. She is on the leadership team at Newtown Mission in Sydney’s inner west, and a consultant for Uniting Mission and Education and for the Uniting Church’s Sydney Presbytery.

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Dr Armen Gakavian has mentored young leaders and men from disadvantaged backgrounds in Australia and Armenia. His PhD was in cultural identity and longing for place. He has lectured in sociology, politics, social change and leadership and has worked as a researcher for universities and NGOs in the areas of social inclusion, social policy, faith-based social services, community development and multiculturalism. Armen was a founding member of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, and of various NGOs and initiatives including the Australian branch of Mission Armenia NGO and an Armenian-Turkish dialogue group. He pioneered the Ministry at the Margins for The Australian Navigators, in partnership with The Salvation Army in Ivanhoe Public Housing Estate in Sydney’s northwest. He is currently Coordinating Editor and Associate Director of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society and a consultant for Uniting Mission and Education.

What we offer

  • Teaching and speaking
  • Workshops, webinars and training
  • Community activation projects
  • Partnering with local organisations
  • Mentoring
  • Formation huddles for practitioners
  • Resources (toolkits, studies, other material)
  • Research
  • Writing and Editing

Drawings by Richard Briggs

On topics such as

  • Neighbourhood Work
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Social Change
  • Urban Mission and Spirituality
  • Social Justice
  • Placemaking 
  • Peacemaking
  • Cultural Exegesis and Contextualisation
  • Displacement and Homelessness
  • Intercultural Relations
  • Theology of Mission
  • Inclusion


have a read of our blog posts

World Pride in Surry Hills

Our community in Surry Hills is full of colour at the moment for World Pride celebrations which started last week and continue for two weeks. 

Sundown over Northcott

We bought a painting several years ago by local artist Irena Dobrijevich-Hatfield of a painting she did of Northcott which is a public housing block

Surry Hills Network

Neighbourhood Matters is a founding member of the Surry Hills Network. This is a newly formed monthly gathering. The Network exists to help bring community

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