Author Archives: Ben Rogers

October 2016 Journey now available

October 2016 Journey masthead.

This edition we’re unveiling some new sections which we hope bring a fresh dimension to the magazine: “Humans of UCA”, a look at the wide spectrum of people that make up the church, and “Whatever happened to”, a trip down memory lane to examine faith-themed concepts that may have been given heavy focus in the past but have since been ...

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Film review: Tabloid

Joyce McKinney is the subject of Tabloid, an Errol Morris documentary. Photo: Antidote Film

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has never been afraid to tackle the tough stuff in his films: say, corruption (The Thin Blue Line), warfare (The Fog of War), torture (Standard Operating Procedure) or the death penalty (Mr Death). He’s tangoed with the wily Donald Rumsfeld over the politics of the Iraq invasion in The Unknown Known and investigated the ...

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Redcliffe parents welcomed to the jungle

Dr Brenda Heyworth speaks at a Parenting Breakfast event at Redcliffe. Photo: Cynthia Paternott

Redcliffe parents were recently treated to a Parenting Breakfast talk by renowned Australian child and family psychologist and author Dr Brenda Heyworth, as part of the Building Strong Families partnership program between UnitingCare Community and Redcliffe Uniting Church. Journey previously reported on Building Strong Families—which brought Bob the Builder to Redcliffe to celebrate the launch—in its July edition. Now with the ...

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September 2016 Journey now available

At a recent seminar exploring moral disagreement in the media age, ABC commentator Scott Stephens noted, “Opinion isn’t something you fasten onto, or you express in a kneejerk, instead opinion is something that is incubated within the soul, with intelligence, with moral conviction, hopefully with a great deal of reading, hopefully with a great deal of chastening from others.” Everyone ...

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Promoting change through Pacific prayers

Pray for Our Pacific. Photo: 350pacific.org

The Pray for Our Pacific campaign from 3–11 September is encouraging Australian faith communities to host a special service or event to highlight the region’s ongoing challenges of climate change and environmental damage. Pacific Island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, face a range of environmental threats such as cyclones, floods and droughts. Thousands have ...

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Religious instruction in the classroom: an update

Megan Thomson and Holly Jewell lead RI at Oxley State School in June. Photo: Mardi Lumsden

In the July 2016 edition of Journey, we explored the issue of religious instruction (RI) taught in Queensland state primary schools. It was a hot-topic following various media reports on RI and a school principal suspending the program at a Brisbane state school. A state government review into the management of RI in state schools and the Connect RI curriculum ...

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Ken Ham: A Queenslander with all the Answers

Ken Ham at the Ark Encounter in North America. Photo was supplied.

When it comes to divisive Australian Christians, they don’t get much bigger than Ken Ham. Ben Rogers interviews the Queensland creationist who is grabbing news headlines for his $100 million Noah’s ark replica. The recent public unveiling of Ken’s Ark Encounter attraction in Kentucky, North America, brought the kind of media attention you’d expect from building a faith-themed mega-structure 155 ...

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Expanded: Ken Ham in his own words

Ken Ham at the Ark Encounter in North America. Photo was supplied.

When you construct a gargantuan $100 million Noah’s ark replica in the heart of America’s “Bible belt”, chances are you’ll gain attention. Lots of it. Ken Ham is the controversial driving force behind the Ark Encounter and sure enough, the media has flocked to Kentucky, North America to cover his impressive feat of taking the specifications in Genesis 6:15 and ...

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August 2016 Journey now available

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This edition brings profiles of two Christian Queenslanders who offer radically different perspectives on faith: Ken Ham (page 6) and Val Webb (page 10). While Val emphasises the importance of questioning in faith and brings an unmistakable progressivism to Christianity, Ken has an intense certainty in the Old Testament as literal history and is getting people around the world talking, ...

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July 2016 Journey now available

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The Rogers household has a laugh whenever politicians or government bureaucrats talk about ideologically-neutral educational material in schools. If some are so desperate to remove religion from schools, then shouldn’t they prioritise thinking about how the religion of the “state” is presented to children? The way in which government has omnipotent authority to exempt itself from the rules it imposes ...

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