I am a Christian who loves the Lord, his people and his world.
My name is Alison but friends have been calling me Spally since I was ten. My grandparents call me Aliki, because they are Greek. I’m the least Greek Greek-Australian I know, but Greece has a way of influencing people deep in the diaspora. I wish it automatically made me bilingual, but I’m happy enough with an automatic love of seafood.
I spend most of my time working as a young adults and families pastor at St Alban’s Anglican in Five Dock (part of Christ Church Inner West). Our church is all about growing more and more into fully devoted children of God who know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, his church and his world in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.
I am also a geographer and I can’t help trying to understand everything in terms of places and spaces. I live in Sydney and there are some fantastic places and spaces here, but I wish that there were more people who really understood what Jesus was on about.
I’m married to a fantastic man called Matthew who loves his history and theology and owns enough books for a private library. He works mostly with the EU Graduates Fund and a little bit at St John’s Ashfield (also part of Christ Church Inner West). He’s pretty amazing.
About Ακροκόρινθος (the place):
When I was 14, I went to Akrokorinth, the acropolis above ancient Corinth. I think it is the most beautiful place in the world.
People inhabited Akrokorinth for thousands of years. It was a fantastic military stronghold and was occupied by Greeks, Turks, Romans and anyone else who happened to rule the area for a little while. The whole hill was heavily fortified and thousands of people have lived there throughout the ages. There is a very old little building that has been used as a temple, church and mosque throughout its lifetime.
Today it is a pile of ruins. If you climb to the top you can see out across farms and towns to other hills and mountains. If you ever go to Greece, make sure you visit.
About Ακροκόρινθος (the blog):
A few years after we visited Akrokorinth I started this blog, named in part after the place and in part after Mussorgsky’s Il Vecchio Castello (The Old Castle). Ακροκόρινθος initially started as a Livejournal, but after 10 faithful years, moved over to WordPress in 2014.
There isn’t really a consistent theme to this blog, but I often write about:
- My friends and family
- Living as a Christian
- Social issues
- Places and spaces
- Jane Austen
- Films, books, music and television
- The little moments