Author Archives: Journey

Letters March 2015

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Thanks for the hard truth I want to commend Journey and particularly Rohan for the article about young adults in the February edition of Journey. I thought it had some really good points and feeds into a critical conversation we have to have in the church around how to nurture young adults in their faith and how to build young ...

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Reclaiming our empty palaces

The Year of Living the Gospel.

The problems facing the Uniting Church are common to many denominations around the world, and there is much we can learn from how they are responding, writes Rev Orrell Battersby. At the 31st Synod we received some sobering statistics—attendance in the Uniting Church across Australia is in sharp decline. The prediction: continued decline. The problem: failure to attract young families. ...

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Hummingbird House takes flight

Hummingbird House cofounders Paul and Gabrielle Quilliam turning the sod with their daughter Shiloh, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Margie Abbott and Wesley Mission Brisbane Executive Director Geoff Batkin. Photo by Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has officially turned the sod at the site of Hummingbird House, a purpose-built children’s hospice which will provide 24-hour paediatric palliative care in Queensland. Jessica Mewburn writes. Baby Kate was born on 9 December 2008 with a congenital cardiac defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Fiona and Mark Engwirda knew from their 19-week scan that Kate ...

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Flow to grow

Church planting cartoon. Photo by Phil Day.

They say memory may not be housed just in our brains. I remember that some of my training talked about “anchoring”, that a memory, idea, thought, theme or plan, can be physically anchored in another part of our bodies—just as a noise, song or smell takes us back to a memory of life, so also one of these may be ...

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Emotions surface following Cyclone Marcia

Satellite image of Lam (top-center) and Marcia (right) making near-simultaneous landfalls. Photo taken by NASA.

In the coastal community of Yeppoon, Central Queensland, the clean-up continues after tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall at Shoalwater Bay (between St Lawrence and Yeppoon) as a category five storm, Matt Gees writes. St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Yeppoon, approximately six kilometres up the hill from the main beach, sustained minor damage. However Emu Park Uniting Church (around 350 steps from the ...

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Uniting Church condemns death penalty again

The death penalty in Indonesia entails execution by firing squad. Photo by Jay_Ell. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

The Uniting Church in Australia has joined churches, non-governmental organisations and others in voicing concerns about Indonesia’s resumption of the death penalty. President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Andrew Dutney is one of 14 organisational leaders who have written to both the Indonesian ambassador to Australia and to the Australian minister for foreign affairs expressing grave concerns ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes more government support

Photo by McBeth. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

The government has announced a new initiative consisting of $54.4 million in funding over four years for people with severe symptoms of dementia in residential care facilities. “It is very good news,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia. “Our agencies provide the largest share of aged care in the country and we are consistently hearing that the ...

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UnitingJustice lodges submissions on immigration, Indigenous recognition

Indigenous Australian flag. Photo by Kate Ausburn. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

UnitingJustice submitted two reports to the federal government in January. The first, submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, recommended Australia’s Humanitarian Programme intake be increased to at least 25 000 for 2015–2016 and increased over the following years to 50 000 annually. It also recommended that the offshore and onshore program intakes be de-linked, the decision to not accept ...

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State-sanctioned child abuse must end

Drawing by Arrith, who was locked up in an off-shore detention centre. Source is Sarah Hanson-Young.

The Uniting Church in Australia is calling for the immediate release of all children and their families from Australian-run immigration detention centres, following the publication of a shocking report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Matt Pulford reports. The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a damning report, entitled The Forgotten Children, on the largest survey of children in detention ...

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Statistics don’t tell the full story

Lifeworks Uniting Church minister, Rev Tim Griggs.

Are the people in your church representative of the people that live in the wider community? The Stats have Faces process helps churches connect with their neighbours. Journey reports. Queensland Synod Research Officer Bruce Mullan was surprised to discover that the greatest number of people employed in his suburb worked in retail and construction. “We often make assumptions about our ...

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