Author Archives: Journey

Disturbing book launch explores the Basis

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson at the recent launch of his book, Trinity Theological Library, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Journey sits down with Rev Dr Geoff Thompson to discuss his new book on the Basis of Union and its relevancy to issues alive in the church today. A new book by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson exploring the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, recently brought the former principal of Trinity Theological College back to Queensland ...

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Valuable takeaways from 32nd Synod

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

A big thank you to all those who participated in the 32nd Synod. One of the things you learn when being a follower of Jesus is the capacity to be surprised. So when about 120 people gathered during Synod to talk about contemplative prayer with Dr Neil Preston, who delivered the Norman and Mary Millar lecture, I was a bit ...

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Letters June 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Disappointing that your excellent article on Julie McCrossin (June 2016 edition) brought in the denominational issue. Sydney Anglicans’ ideas are represented in one wing of our Uniting Church, while Rev Dorothy McRae-McMahon is represented on another. Those of us somewhere in the centre thank God for our Christian fellowship with both wings. I don’t have any worry about your excellent ...

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Book launch draws together Trinity ties

Rev Dr David Mackay-Rankin (left) and Rev Dr Geoff Thompson attend Rev Dr Thompson's book launch. Photo: Supplied

A book launch for Rev Dr Geoff Thompson’s exploration of the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, brought together two former principals of Trinity Theological College. Matt Gees reports. Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson was launched by the former principal and academic dean of Trinity Theological College ...

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Seven things to do before we turn 40

40th birthday approaches. Photo: Supplied

Having trouble coping with an upcoming four zero birthday? The Uniting Church in Australia will hit the big 40 milestone in 2017 and Journey has put together some things to do before we cut the cake. Celebrate how far we’ve come! We are Australia’s first home-grown church, formed with a dangerous, creative mission to journey as pilgrims. Over nearly four decades we ...

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Breaking bad biblical bigotry

Photo of a Bible open on a bedside table with a blurred out family photo.

Using biblical texts to stereotype women does immense damage to society. Rev Dr Anita Monro explores the overt and subtle consequences of sexism. Mary, mother of Jesus (the virgin) and Mary Magdalene (the alleged prostitute): that’s how we remember two of the key leaders of the early Christian movement. That kind of stereotyping of women is identifiable throughout history. Whether ...

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Election 2016: Hot-button topics that won’t make the front page

Election issues. Illustration: Kaytlin Miller

How carefully do we think before we exercise our democratic responsibilities by voting? Do we simply vote for the party we have always voted for? It’s hard to avoid simply following the agenda laid out by political parties and played out in the media. How can we hold politicians and political parties to account for those equally important policy decisions ...

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Changing the national conversation

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

As you read this it’ll be one month to go. I’m writing this over two weeks before 5 June, on 16 May, and already there’s a sense of boredom and “let’s get this over with” in terms of the federal election. That’s sad really, as in the course of human history and even in the world today, to be able ...

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Dangerous ideas cause chain reaction

Unchaining dangerous ideas... Illustration: Phil Day

A new forum to explore outside-the-box thinking was a smashing success at Synod. Journey reports. Hundreds gathered for Unchained, a half-day festival held during Synod in Session to air dangerous ideas about how the Uniting Church might re-imagine itself and its place in the world. The event evolved from a suggestion first made by the moderator that the Synod needed ...

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32nd Synod: United in purpose and passion

32nd Synod. Photo: Ben Rogers

Enriching dialogue and diversity reigned at the 32nd Synod meeting (20–24 May) while future directions were confirmed. The Journey team was there to cover the event. The Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast was packed with hundreds of Uniting Church members from across Queensland. The tea urns were switched on and the blue and orange cards were ready ...

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