Author Archives: Ben Rogers

Timely support for prisoners’ families

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For the female relatives of Queensland prisoners, it can often feel as if they’re “doing time” with their incarcerated loved ones. Uniting Church members along with those from other denominations are helping to ease the pain with the Kairos Outside program. Ben Rogers reports. Created in North America in the mid-seventies, Kairos prison ministry started as a course in a ...

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April 2017 Journey now available

April 2017 Journey

It’s that time of the year again when both kids and the bean counters (should that be egg counters?) in confectionery corporations lick their lips at the prospect of huge spikes in chocolate consumption levels. Australians will spend a staggering amount on chocolates (not to mention seafood, fluffy rabbit toys and eggs) during the Easter period but they’ll also give ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Katy did more than just kiss a girl despite trying to “pray away the gay”  Pop sensation Katy Perry was honoured at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles where she opened up about her own religious upbringing and sexuality, according to News.com.au. Perry received the National Equality Award, telling the ...

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March 2017 Journey now available

March 2017 Journey now available. Photo: Chris Ellinger

When we use the term “youth”, to whom are we really referring? I’ve had discussions with people in the church who would consider those under 40 as “youth”, others seem to think the under 20 brigade best fits the term. For what it’s worth the United Nations defines “youth” as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24. Whatever ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. This will be the last religion wrap until mid-March.  Anti-Trump nightmare: Melania dares to care about Lord’s prayer Fox News reports on the social media hysteria surrounding First Lady Melania Trump’s decision to open a political rally with the Lord’s prayer. While the crowd at the Florida rally enthusiastically received the prayer, ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.    English man put through one hell of a (bell)wringer The Guardian reports on the freak accident of a bell-ringer who was left with a painful back injury when a church bell ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.    Christian theme park gets Maoists seeing red The Guardian reports on a Christian theme park in Changsha, the city where Mao Zedong reportedly “converted” to communism, which has angered neo-Maoists who ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.   Saints striker flashes Christian tattoo Daily Mail looks at Southampton football club striker Shane Long’s prominent tattoo on his chest, which was on full display after he scored the winning goal ...

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Film review: Ordet

Ordet

A challenging, complex work exploring faith, family and the mysteries of existence, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet is hailed by the critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Ben Rogers reviews. Religion seems to hover over much of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s filmography—even in titles such as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, The Parson’s ...

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February 2017 Journey now available

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Welcome back to Journey and I hope the Christmas holiday period gave you an opportunity to relax, reflect on the year that was and refresh for the year that will be. 2017 promises to be something of a wild ride as we buckle up for a certain businessman taking over the White House but there have been enough rivers of ...

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