Author Archives: Journey

Valuing Our Heritage

Valuing Our Heritageby Noel AdsettCopyRight Publishing Co.RRP $27.50 Valuing Our Heritage is a scholarly work. It is well written; it is meticulous in its historical detail. It is heart-warming in its very human biographies of ministers. At the same time, it captures the dynamic spiritual ministries that the denominations brought to the city as well as to their congregations. With ...

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2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards

Hinduism , Buddhism , Judaism , Christianity and Islam are compared, in the winning title for the Australian Christian Book Awards. “A spectator’s guide to world religions: an introduction to the big five” by John Dickson (Blue Bottle Books) is the 2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year. Presenting a clear, accessible, and unbiased presentation of the major faiths, the ...

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Rev Dr Ian Gillman obituary

Another founding father of the Uniting Church died on 3 July. Rev Dr Ian Gillman, aged 78, was an eminent scholar, author, teacher, preacher and liturgist. Well known for his wicked sense of humour, Dr Gillman came to Brisbane in 1962 to the Presbyterian Church’s Emmanuel College Theological Hall, having accepted the position of Professor of Theology and Lecturer in ...

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96five Cancels Mega Rush 2005 at Dreamworld

For the past three years, 96five has organized the annual Mega Rush at Dreamworld, an end –of year youth event providing young people with a safe and positive event. 96five have decided not to proceed with Mega Rush, due to Dreamworld’s association with the Big Brother program. As a station committed to family values, any association with this year’s Big ...

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Micah takes on Live8

Over one thousand people attended the live broadcast of the Live8 concert at the Southbank Piazza in Brisbane to celebrate White Armband Day on July 2. Organised by the Queensland working group of the Micah Challenge and Oxfam, the event drew people, young and not so young, to make a stand against poverty. Queensland Synod Social Responsibility Advocate Ms Heather ...

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YACMU staff grow skilled youth leaders

The South East Queensland Youth leader Training Weekend has scratched an itch for practical hands on training in youth ministry for forty youth leaders gathered from around the south east corner. Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit Director, Michael Jeffrey, was really encouraged by the level of the commitment of the leaders to their training. "There was a real buzz around ...

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Costly in the eyes of the Lord

On Tuesday 16th August, after the tragic death of Brother Roger, founder of the Taize community, a prayer was celebrated at midnight in the Church of Reconciliation, a prayer of songs, Bible readings and silence. During this prayer, Brother François, one of the eldest of the brothers of the community, spoke briefly. In the Bible, we find these words: “Costly ...

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Website of the Month – Educating Christians

In response to a request from the last Synod for a review of Christian education resources, Mission Consultant Rev Duncan Macleod has been blogging an extensive catalogue of learning resources for use in congregations and small groups. Blogs or weblogs are a relatively new internet phenomenon and are predominantly informal journals that are frequently updated and intended for general public ...

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The church needs you

Faced with a rapidly increasing shortage of ordained ministers to serve in placements in Queensland, congregations and presbyteries are looking to retired ministers, specified lay ministers and untrained lay people to fill vacancies. A greater number of ministers are achieving ordination late in life and not serving through to retirement. This situation has been described as grim. This year six ...

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Crossroads revitalised – broadening opportunities for people with a disability

After almost 30 years of providing devotional, social, recreational and respite services to people with disabilities Crossroads has undergone some significant changes. Crossroads Director Faileen James said Crossroads’ focus was on giving people with a disability more opportunities to participate actively in the wider community and the Church. “Often people with a disability are segregated from the community," Ms James ...

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