Author Archives: Rohan Salmond

Whose face is on your prayer wall?

The moderator’s prayer wall. Photo: Holly Jewell

As part of the Queensland Synod’s commitment to being a prayerful listening church, a new program has been launched to encourage intercessory prayer among Christians. Rohan Salmond reports. One of the first things you notice upon visiting the Queensland Synod moderator’s office are the dozens of photographs scattered on the wall. Religious and political leaders are depicted as reminders to ...

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Let them stay with us

Uniting Church president Stuart McMillan at the rally outside Lady Cilento hopsital, South Brisbane. Photo: Holly Jewell

Churches across the country grabbed headlines around the world last month by offering sanctuary to 267 asylum seekers threatened with deportation to Nauru. What does it mean, and why did they do it? Rohan Salmond reports. Baby Asha had no idea the problem she was causing the Australian government. Asha was a healthy one-year-old baby—fully recovered from burns accidentally sustained ...

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March 2016 Journey now available

March Journey 2016 masthead. Worn teddy with a old bag on a welcome mat.

While Christmas is the time we celebrate God dwelling among creation, I would argue Easter is the ultimate expression of Emmanuel—God with us. I attended the Let Them Stay protest at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in February. That night it wasn’t clear if the immigration department would forcibly remove baby Asha from the hospital, and the demonstration was the largest ...

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The Force awakens secular spirituality

Still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Star Wars juggernaut is back, crushing all other box office contenders in its path, and much to the relief of fans, this one is pretty good. From the very beginning The Force Awakens echoes the original trilogy in tone, theme, and even plot. That’s not a bad thing; as one generation of devotees overdoses on nostalgia, another discovers the ...

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Hey! Good news!

Illustration of Mary Magdalene by Kaitlyn D’Arcy.

Telling others about the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection is a vital part of mission and discipleship, but it can be difficult—even intimidating. Rohan Salmond looks at how to overcome some of the challenges to evangelism. When Jesus was betrayed and crucified, the movement which had built up around him was shattered and immediately went underground. The eleven ...

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February 2016 Journey now available

The February 2016 masthead of Journey magazine.

Lead and share I’ve been fortunate to have grown up in schools and churches that have taken deliberate steps to cultivate and mentor young leaders. It’s been a great help to me over the years. On page four the moderator talks about leadership in a non-hierarchical Uniting Church context. Far from absolving us of the need for strong leaders, it ...

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Uniting Church welcomes national approach on redress

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse logo

  The president of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has welcomed the commitment by the Federal Government to develop a national approach to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. “This commitment by the government is important, because a nationally consistent approach has been identified as best meeting the needs of survivors,” said Mr McMillan. “The Royal ...

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Tear away the tinsel

Tear away the tinsel

Christmas marks the time God physically became part of the human story. What does it actually mean to live out the spirit of Christmas? Rohan Salmond explores. Gleaming light softly illuminates a huddle of people gathered around a sleeping baby as he lies nestled in a small box of yellow straw. Three bearded men in crowns and turbans and a ...

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December 2015 Journey now available

Journey 2015 masthead

The December 2015 edition of Journey is now available. Re-emphasising Christmas It feels good to get to the holiday season; after a long year it’s time to take a break over Christmas and New Year. You did a good job. Good on you—you deserve it. It’s a privilege that as Christians we are given time off to observe Christmas. You’ll get Christmas ...

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Get the dirt on church planting

Uniting Church logo with sapling sprouting and windmill in the background

A renewed passion for planting new communities of faith is taking root in the Uniting Church Queensland Synod. Rohan Salmond explores. There was something different about the 31st Queensland Synod in Session. While synods are usually fairly sedate—sometimes even ponderous—on 14 and 15 October 2014 members of Synod raced from room to room talking excitedly in groups about the future ...

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