Author Archives: Rohan Salmond

May Journey now available

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It’s time to talk They say the number one rule of polite society is you should never talk about religion or politics. It’s upsetting, and causes division where there should be friendship. Communities of faith don’t have that luxury. For obvious reasons we can’t avoid religion, and the expression of faith in the public sphere is a political act. And ...

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Beyond modern: Living the gospel in a postmodern world

Postmodernism graphic by Holly Jewell.

What is postmodernism and what does it mean for the life and witness of the church? Rohan Salmond explores how to live and share the gospel in a rapidly changing cultural landscape. Forget everything you think you know; we no longer live in the modern world. We’re over it, or beyond it or whatever. Anyway, the Age of Reason is so ...

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Making mission possible $10 at a time

Winners of the Uniting Church Foundation's Indigenous Learning Pathways Grant. Photo were supplied.

Funds raised through the $10 for 10 appeal have been distributed to students to make sure they have what they need to learn. Rohan Salmond reports. Three Indigenous students have received the first round of grants through the Synod’s $10 for 10 appeal to help them achieve their dreams for the future. Tullia Wilson and Lazarus Edwards from Shalom Christian ...

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April Journey now available

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The April 2015 edition of Journey is now available to read and download. Lest we forget This month marks 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli; a critical moment in Australia and New Zealand’s history that is burned into the national psyche of both countries. Dawn services will take place around the world, paying tribute to the sacrifice made by those a ...

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March to equality

Selma, Directed by Ava DuVernay Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson 2014, M. Photo by StudioCanal.

The list of Martin Luther King Jr’s achievements is long, and he looms large in our collective consciousness as a champion of civil rights and nonviolent, direct action. King was president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and played a major role in achieving a great shift in civil rights in America. For his great many achievements he is honoured ...

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Getting ready to get ready for Easter

Reverend Father Anastasios Bozikis. Photo: by Rohan Salmond.

Lent is a season binding Christians together no matter their church tradition, but it is observed very differently depending on where you go. What does it look like for the Uniting Church to observe Lent? Rohan Salmond explores. For more than 1000 years Christians everywhere have observed Lent, an annual 40-day time of fasting and reflection in preparation for Easter. ...

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March Journey now available

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Are we there yet? The March edition of Journey is available to read and download. The Uniting Church is very, very fond of travel imagery. From the Basis of Union’s declaration that “the Church is a pilgrim people” to the Queensland Synod’s Together on the way, enriching community journey to the masthead of this very magazine, it’s a sentiment you will find ...

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Who are the 7%?

(L–R) Queensland young adults Alieta Molitika, Joyce Waia and Talahiva Taufa at the National Young Adult Leaders Conference in Sydney. Photo by Rohan Salmond.

It’s much easier to be a young person in a church full of other young people, and it’s no secret that some Uniting Church members are gravitating to younger, cooler denominations—or leaving church altogether. Rohan Salmond talks to some young people who have made the choice to stick around. It’s a statistical oddity that one of Australia’s youngest denominations—the Uniting ...

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Big hero, big heart

Big Hero 6, Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit and Daniel Henney 2014, PG. Photo by Walt Disney Pictures.

For a movie about a 14-year-old genius and his inflatable robot nurse, it’s a little surprising that Big Hero 6 is mostly about death and revenge. Big Hero 6 is an impressive achievement for Disney. It’s common to find animated children’s movies blending kid-friendly slapstick humour with more sophisticated jokes for parents, but Big Hero 6 goes further, exploring hard, ...

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February Journey now available

In pursuit of a fresh perspective The February edition of Journey is available to read and download. A new year gives you the chance to look at things a bit differently. Did you stick to your New Year’s resolution, making you experience the world through a different routine? Perhaps you made a new friend over the Christmas break, which has helped you ...

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