Author Archives: Ashley Thompson

Superhuman singer: Tony Dee

Singer Tony Dee in a wheelchair with Channel 4's The Superhuman Band.

Behind the jaw dropping feel-good anthem of the 2016 Rio Paralympics is local Brisbane musician Tony Dee: Queensland Baptist client service officer by day, superhuman singer by night. Ashley Thompson talks to Tony about faith, music and disability inclusiveness. Launched in July, United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4’s promotional trailer for the September 2016 Paralympics “We’re the superhumans” has reached extraordinary ...

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Unmasking masculinity

A still of a young boy from documentary The Mask You Live In. Photo by The Representation Project.

Is the overwhelming dominance of hyper-masculinity in media harmful to not only the male psyche but community safety? American documentary filmmaker director Jennifer Siebel Newsom would have you believe so. Following The Representation Project’s 2011 documentary Miss Representation—Jennifer Siebel Newsom is back exploring how limited gender stereotypes in media also contribute to a wide range of behavioural disorders among men ...

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What’s in a name change?

(L—R) Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Geoff Batkin, Queensland Synod general secretary Rev Heather den Houting and director of property and finance Peter Cranna at the launch. Photo by Wesley Mission Queensland.

On 24 August, community-service provider Wesley Mission Queensland hosted a launch event on the Wesley House rooftop in Brisbane City to celebrate its name change from Wesley Mission Brisbane. But what’s in a name change and why does it matter? Journey reports. For over 100 years Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) has reached out to Queenslanders, striving to make a difference. ...

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The minister’s partner: life beyond the fish bowl

(Clockwise), Dr Joan and Rev David Baker; Penny, Dr Amy, Rev Harlee and Sally Cooper; Peter and Rev Jenny Coombes; Ben, Lyndelle, Ellie and Rev Andrew Gunton; Rev Ian and Pam Kerr. Photos were supplied.

It’s 2016, the working world has changed and “traditional” marriage roles no longer exist. Ashley Thompson explores what it means to be today’s face of the minister’s partner. It was difficult to find people willing to speak to Journey about the challenges of being a minister’s spouse. Understandably, those who aren’t retired were not comfortable publicly voicing the strains ministry ...

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Film review: Ghostbusters

(L—R) Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon star in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters (2016). Photo property of Sony Pictures.

I didn’t think I’d have to write this review because I was so sure everybody else would. But with an extremely generous Rotten Tomatoes score of 73 per cent and Mediacritic rating of 60 per cent, it is clear many Ghostbusters (2016) reviewers have assessed this film purely on its political merit and without regard for its forgettable narrative, tacky ...

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Five global issues close to young hearts

Close to 200 delegates from all over Queensland attended Heartbeat Conference including Yolanda (left) and Nicola (right) from Northside Uniting Church in Mackay. Photo was supplied.

Right before Australia hit the polls on 2 July, Ashley Thompson asked under 30s at Newlife Uniting Church’s Heartbeat Conference what policy decisions they would champion given the chance. Let them stay The plight of refugees and asylum seekers is a contentious issue in the Australian political arena but in the eyes of Grace (13) and Iram (12) it’s simple: ...

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Pokémon GO: Western suburb Uniting Church’s transform into Pokémon gyms

Augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Photo property of Gilang Grimoire YouTube channel, labelled for reuse.

Released in July 2016,  free-to-play augmented reality mobile game “Pokémon GO” has taken the streets of Brisbane (and world) by storm. If you find a crowd of teenagers to thirty-somethings loitering on your church property staring at their phone, you may be amused to find your church has become a “Pokéstop” or “Pokémon gym”. A Uniting Church teenager has named Indooroopilly, ...

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Confronting Revelation

Fire from the Book of Revelation. Photo from Lightstock images.

The Bible presents some uncomfortable depictions of women, particularly in the Book of Revelation. Ashley Thompson speaks with North American Biblical scholar, Dr Tina Pippin about what to do with the duality of the “women of the apocalypse”. In June, Grace College hosted Dr Tina Pippin as keynote speaker for their second annual Women’s Theology Conference—a gathering of over 40 ...

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Keeping the faith through tragedy and triumph

Musical star, Exodus Lale. Photo by Ben Rogers.

Ten of the eleven victims slept soundly as fire engulfed their Slacks Creek home on a cold winter’s night in 2011. Five years on, Ashley Thompson visits the Lale family of Sunnybank Uniting Church to remember their loss and celebrate their future. Often described as Australia’s worst house fire, the exact cause of the blaze, which ripped through the Lale ...

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Seven ways to smash the glass ceiling

(Left to right) Colleen Geyer, Dr Sureka Goringe, Stuart McMillan, Rev Elenie Poulos and Dr Deidre Palmer. Photos were supplied.

The Uniting Church in Australia may be a leading light when it comes to gender equality in leadership but we still have some way to go. Ashley Thompson talks to five key church leaders at UnitingWomen 2016 about how we can fully annihilate the glass ceiling. Shift your thinking  Colleen Geyer is the newly appointed general secretary of the Assembly, ...

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