Author Archives: Journey

Campaign for Change unearths Queensland’s best and brightest social innovators

Dean Gibson and Kate Perry, this year's winners of Wesley Mission Queensland's Campaign for Change initiative.

An app challenging age discrimination and a series of video stories to celebrate the lives of Indigenous men have taken out the 2017 Wesley Mission Queensland Campaign for Change initiative. In a tightly contested field of five finalists, Kate Perry from Ipswich, and Dean Gibson from Brisbane’s north have each been awarded a $25 000 grant to kick-start their own ...

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What if every church … took the web seriously?

What if every church…took the web seriously? Photo: Supplied

The internet may be a ubiquitous part of our daily life but how well have we positioned our church websites and social media pages to respond to the needs and demands of today’s online audiences? Scott Guyatt writes. It’s not rocket surgery to say that the internet is all pervasive in 2017. It’s everywhere, all the time. And of course ...

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What does it mean to be wise?

Dr Paul Hedley Jones. Photo: Supplied

Wisdom is frequently associated with knowledge, experience and common sense but what does it mean to be wise as a Christian? Dr Paul Hedley Jones, lecturer in Old Testament and Homiletics at Trinity College Queensland, offers his perspective. The Bible makes it clear that wisdom is a good thing to get hold of. As it says in Proverbs, “Sell everything ...

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NCYC 2017: Uniting cultures with passion

Young delegates enjoy a live musical performance at Yurora 2017. Photo: Josh Wyatt

This year’s Yurora National Christian Youth Convention saw hundreds of young people travel to Stanwell Tops, NSW for a week of worship, workshops and more. Ben Tupou reports. A triennial event held by the Uniting Church, the youth convention hosted delegates aged 16 to 25 from around Australia and at least six different countries worldwide. Yurora 2017’s purpose was to ...

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Unite to face the year ahead

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Well, it’s going to be a big year. Some of us might have thought that we’d had enough change but obviously in the United Kingdom and North America there have been other sorts of changes in people’s minds that will play out this year. In the public sphere, it looks like it will be a year of conflict, of emotive ...

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Letters February 2017

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Searching for Jehova My name is George Harper and I am a reader of every issue of the Journey. I read it because I am interested in what individuals write about their interest in spiritual matters. I have never seen in any portion of Journey the name Jehovah, yet when I was a young boy we went to a Methodist ...

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Five things about Lent explained

5 things about Lent explained. Photo: Supplied

Lent is a special time in the church’s calendar for prayer, reflection and repentance. Journey uncovers five things you may not have known about the period and its traditions. Why do we call it Lent?  The term “Lent” has its roots in the Old English words lencten (spring season) and lenctentid (springtide) which also are associated with the “lengthening days” ...

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Book review: Small Great Things

Small Great Things

With a slew of awards and best-sellers to her name, Jodi Picoult has explored serious issues such as religion, the death penalty, gay rights, the Holocaust and school shootings in previous novels but Small Great Things is her first to deal with race. Sue Hutchinson reviews. In Small Great Things Jodie Picoult challenges her readers to the core, confronting the ...

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Book review: Child, Arise! The Courage to Stand

Child, Arise!

Jane Dowling’s Child, Arise! explores faith, sexual abuse and how the author’s relationship with Jesus assisted her during the long process of healing after suffering abuse from a family member and a priest. Rev Heather Griffin reviews.  Child, Arise! The Courage to Stand is, according to its full title, a “spiritual handbook for survivors of sexual abuse” but it is ...

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Film review: A United Kingdom

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo star in A United Kingdom. Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Amma Asante’s latest film A United Kingdom explores the true story of a 1940s relationship between the prince of Botswana and a London office worker, but Dr Janice McRandal delves deeper into the colonial dimensions of the romantic drama. Drawing on the little-known and true-life romance between Sir Sereste Khama and Ruth Williams Khama, A United Kingdom is a beautifully ...

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