Author Archives: Journey

Moderator’s pastoral statement on Cyclone Debbie

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of North Queensland as they face the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Nature has a way of reminding us that we are not at the centre of things and that the environments we physically construct can’t necessarily withstand with nature. Yet today, tomorrow and the next day, the wider Queensland community will ...

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What do we really mean when we talk about Christian leadership?

Scott Guyatt & Christian leadership

You may have heard the phrase “Christian leadership” within church circles. In the Queensland Synod leadership is one of five priority directions. But what does it actually mean and how much should Jesus inform your understanding of it? Scott Guyatt, the Queensland Synod’s director of mission strategy, offers his perspective. We talk so much these days about leadership, and there ...

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Singing the Lord’s song in a new land

Christian refugees

Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria come together with local Brisbane church members to celebrate the Easter journey. Sue Hutchinson reports. My Catholic community of Bracken Ridge in north Brisbane has welcomed about 90 families from Iraq and Syria since last May. These Christians were brought to Australia as refugees, fleeing war and persecution in the lands where they have ...

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Apology and child safety pledge as scale of Uniting Church abuse revealed

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart SC at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Photo: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Uniting Church leaders appearing before the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse have pledged to survivors to make the church the safest place it can be for children. Journey reports. President Stuart McMillan assured the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney on 10 March that the Uniting Church would continue to apply the lessons learned from the Commission’s work. “As church ...

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Nancy Beach: Going against the tide

Nancy Beach

US pastor and author Nancy Beach has gained international recognition for her ministry work transforming the relationship between the arts and church, and she is set to visit Australia for the Uniting Leaders conference in August. Bindy Taylor meets Nancy to discuss leadership, gender politics and the importance of having fun. Nancy Beach is a self-confessed optimist. This outlook has ...

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Reconnecting with stories that matter

Easter cartoon

Phil Day’s cartoon above highlights the juxtaposition the church in many parts of the west is finding itself in relation to the broader western society. I recently noticed one hotel in Brisbane advertising a family-friendly Easter, with Easter egg hunts, special menus, the whole nine yards. While there are powerful commercial and ideological interests at play now in the Easter ...

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Forgive us our sins

Sin, Jesus, Easter and Atonement

In the 21st century what should Christians make of the concept of “sin”? A long-gone relic or a necessary corrective in a society seduced by moral relativism and the cult of victimhood? Simon Gomersall explores sin, Easter and atonement. It is now conventional to assert that the language and concept of sin is irrelevant in both 21st century Australian society ...

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5 forgotten hymns to raise the rafters

forgotten hymns

Favourite hymn Sunday always brings forth musical gems, some long vanished from our contemporary repertoire. The Journey team has come up with five forgotten hymns whose poetry and melodies continue to inspire. It passes knowledge (Together in Song 230) Written by Mary Shekleton (1827–1883) from Dublin. Mary was an invalid for many years, during which time she wrote several hymns ...

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A prayer for those impacted by Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie

As Cyclone Debbie approaches North Queensland, many are anxiously preparing for what is predicted to be a “monster storm” with potentially destructive rain, flooding and winds exceeding 250 km/hr. Rev Garry Hardingham, North Queensland Presbytery minister, offers words of support and a prayer for those impacted. Today we need to be in prayer for those who are in the path ...

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Six ways to get involved in festivals and other local events

How can your church get involved with a big music festival?

Triple J’s annual all-ages, drug-and-alcohol-free concert One Night Stand will be heading to Mount Isa in Northwest Queensland on 22 April. Each year the free event is hosted by a different regional town, bringing around 10 000 (mostly) young people to town and injecting a lot of money into the local community. But how can churches get involved? Here are ...

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