Author Archives: Bruce Mullan

Religious Leaders Commended by Magistrate

Reverend John Hughes, of Brougham Place Uniting Church, is arrested for trespassing at the Mt Barker electoral office of Federal MP Jamie Briggs after staging a sit-in to protest children being held in immigration detention centres.

Key South Australian religious leaders were commended by the Presiding Magistrate this morning after attending Mount Barker Magistrates’ Court to face criminal charges of trespass. The Magistrate dismissed the religious leaders with no conviction and no fine, commenting “you are a credit to your faith, and an inspiration.” Five Uniting Church members, in addition to representatives from the Quaker, Activate and Jewish ...

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Navigating the moral minefield

Ethics With or Without God: Christianity and morality in the 21st century by Noel Preston. Published by Mosaic Press in 2014. Recommended retail price: $22.95.

When I was younger, making ethical decisions seemed a fairly straightforward process. As a Christian I had the Bible and centuries of Christian tradition to draw on when it came to making wise ethical choices—all pretty black and white and all pretty easy to understand. Now I am older things seem much greyer. As a practising Christian and in the ...

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Both are transformed

Lovelyn Tonavi from Guadalcanal United Church in the Solomon Islands congregations and Kristy Coleman from Beenleigh Regional Uniting Church participate in a pastoral care workshop in Aola village. Photo taken by Alan Robinson.

Bruce Mullan looks at two very different churches with a great partnership. The United Church in Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Circuit and Beenleigh Regional Uniting Church in Logan have nothing much in common except a partnership which has been inspirational and transformative for both churches. Stephen Haase first travelled with two others from Beenleigh to the remote village of Koleasi in ...

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Church calls for Queensland Container Deposit Legislation

Containers become landfill

A container deposit scheme involves a consumer paying a deposit on a beverage container at the time of purchase and later redeeming the deposit from a beverage container collector (possibly a retailer or the operator of a collection depot) by surrendering the empty beverage container. The history Container deposit legislation (CDL) is in place in South Australia and the Northern ...

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The Coming of the Light

Erub Erwer Meta Artists Darnley Island Art Centre

For the people at the top end of Australia the date 1 July is a calendar highlight with the Coming of the Light holiday celebrating each year the coming of Christianity through the Torres Strait Islands communities. Accompanied by South Sea Islander evangelists and teachers the Rev Samuel MacFarlane from the London Missionary Society anchored at Erub (Darnley Island) in ...

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Not so free speech

Attorney General George Brandis

The Attorney General George Brandis is refusing to make public any of the 5,557 submissions the Government has received for and against the controversial proposed changes to free speech laws. In what some have described as “about as ironic as it gets”, in a Senate Estimates Committee Senator Brandis refused to even say how many submissions opposed the proposed changes, ...

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Proposed legislation poses risk to Queensland farmers

Keep out sign

Strong concerns have been expressed about some of the provisions in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 put to state parliament by Hon Andrew Cripps Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on 5 June. The Bill proposes to replace five existing pieces of legislation (which govern the energy and resources sector) with a single, common resource Act ...

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Uniting Church says “NO” to racial discrimination changes

George Brandis Marcia Langton Tony Jones

The Uniting Church in Australia is one of over 150 leading community organisations from around Australia that yesterday signed an open letter to the Attorney-General George Brandis urging the government not to proceed with proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. The letter says racism is a serious, continuing problem in Australia and remains a major barrier to achieving our vision for ...

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Heading towards a promised end

Rev Rronang Garrawurra and Rev Dr Andrew Dutney share communion at the Destiny Together vigil in Canberra.

The Destiny Together week of prayer and fasting is over. Bruce Mullan looks at what’s next in the Uniting Church’s journey of reconciliation with First Peoples. The paint was washed off the foreheads and the chairs packed away but for those who participated in the Canberra prayer vigil and at other Destiny Together—Justice for First Peoples events around the nation, ...

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Asylum seeker policy shambles

"A Great nation is a compassionate nation" Martin Luther King

The Age has reported that Indonesian officials reported that two boats of asylum seekers were intercepted by Australian naval or Customs vessels in recent days and their 20 passengers put together onto one wooden vessel and pushed back towards Indonesian waters. The asylum boat’s crew reportedly told Indonesian navy investigators that two Australian warships put three extra people on board ...

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