About Me

Prior to his ordination in 2011 as a Minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, Brendan Byrne worked variously as a securities officer in a major Australian financial institution, as an employee advocate in blue- and white-collar trade unions, and as a convenience store clerk working night and graveyard shifts on weekends.

He is an avowed Nihonophile, loving all things Japanese – from the classical literature of the Manyoshu and the Tale of the Heike to the modern day classics of Haruki Murakami; from the anime philosophising of Cowboy Bebop, Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell, Blast of Tempest and Samurai Champloo to the alt-rock stylings of the bands Nothing’s Carved in Stone, The Hiatus, Monoeyes, Scars Borough, Ellegarden and others. He also has a soft spot for cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, yuzushu and umeshu sake, good quality craft beer and single malt whiskey.

Brendan Byrne can also be found at:

Ergasia: A Podcast of Faith, Work, Theology, and Economics

Working the Lectionary: Reading the Weekly Lectionary Through the Lens of Work and Faith

Brendan E Byrne: Poems, Prose, Plays and Lots of Other Stuff

Brendan Byrne trains in the Japanese martial art of Iaido, and is trying to teach himself conversational Japanese. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, is married, and has a daughter.



4 thoughts on “About Me

    1. stillcircle

      Dear Beryl: Thanks for your kind words, I am looking forward to my time at DEUC and to meeting the worship planning team. Blessings.

  1. Jeanette Bernet

    Dear Brendan,
    It was good to meet you in the car park at Templestowe Uniting Church last Sunday – I look forward to getting to know you over the coming months.

    1. stillcircle

      Dear Jeanette, it was good to meet you, too, and I look forward to catching up with you and more of the folks at Templestowe in due course.

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