Author Archives: Rohan Salmond

Emmanuel rejoices

Multicultural service at Cairns Emmanuel Uniting Church

Cairns Emmanuel Uniting Church is one of the most culturally diverse in Queensland. Rohan Salmond spoke to interim minister Rev Peter Woodward. What’s happening in your congregation? The Emmanuel Congregation is in a period of transition. I’m the intentional interim minister for 2013, but the processes of calling a minister to commence in early 2014 is well in hand. The ...

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Committing to community in Jandowae

Judith Baskerville,Jeff Taylor and Rev Jenny Sims

Actively expressing love for others by being a positive presence in the community has become a priority for Jandowae Uniting Church. Rohan Salmond spoke with congregation minister Rev Jenny Sims. What’s happening in your congregation? There is new enthusiasm within the congregation to connect with the community. Three members of the congregation are involved in religious instruction in the school. Members are involved ...

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Decoding the Word

Kevin Rudd speaks about the Bible on ABC’s Q&A

Rohan Salmond explores different interpretations of the Bible and how they enhance both personal and communal faith. The Bible is a book with a unique place in human history. It consistently tops “greatest” and “most influential” book lists, and across all its versions and translations it would easily rank among the world’s best-selling titles. It is also, anecdotally, the world’s ...

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Science fiction speaks on asylum

Matt Damon stars in Elysium MA15+ Photo by Sony Pictures.

Good science fiction doesn’t just tell us where we are going, it explores where we are now. Although set in Los Angeles and directed by a South African, Elysium actually feels like it could have been made for an Australian audience. Writer-Director Neill Blomkamp’s first feature District 9, as well as some of his short films, has given him a ...

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The devil’s in the detail: Navigating the political landscape

The devil's in the detail: Navigating the political landscape

Knowing how to balance convictions of faith and political expediency is a challenge at election time, but being politically engaged takes more than showing up on polling day. Rohan Salmond explores. The debates are on, the attack ads are out and the campaign is in full-swing. On 7 September, Australia will once again make its triennial pilgrimage to the polls ...

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Transformed by hope

It is easy to overlook the stories of others when we do not have a name and a face to put to them. The power of getting to know others personally is indisputable and can completely change our worldview, but getting to know people who are radically different from us is a challenge. Oceans—both literal and metaphorical—separate us, preventing us ...

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No ordinary church

The Leichhardt Patrol is not a “congregation” in the traditional sense, but rather an initiative of the Presbytery of the Downs that provides pastoral care to rural properties as well as regional congregational bodies. Rohan Salmond spoke with patrol minister Rev Graham Slaughter. What is the Leichhardt Patrol? The Patrol covers part of the area known as the Surat Basin ...

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Man of Steel rings hollow

Superman standing in front of American flag

A lot of noise has been made about the Christian themes contained in the latest effort in the Superman franchise, Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder. Warner Bros has even specially marketed the film to Christians, hiring Dr Craig Detweiler, a communications professor at Pepperdine University, to write a series of sermon resources to accompany the film. Superman comics ...

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Love misimagined

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby lacks the sly, subversive quality of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original novel, but it still captures its essence, retelling it in Luhrmann’s flashy, theatrical style. Imagination is one of the most important human qualities; it is how we overcome problems, navigate our futures and—perhaps most importantly—empathise with people around us. The Great Gatsby is ...

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