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When three became one in Christ

The Uniting Church celebrates its inauguration in 1977. Photo: Life and Times

As the Uniting Church celebrates its fortieth anniversary Ben Rogers revisits the excitement, challenges and hope behind the historic union of Congregationalists, Methodists and Presbyterians in Australia in 1977. For younger members of the Uniting Church in Australia who have only ever known its current incarnation, the period surrounding church union in 1977 is past history. Visiting Wikipedia’s rundown of ...

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Temperance: How we almost tamed the demon drink

To drink or not to drink? Photo: Supplied

Dianne Jensen explores the historical connections between the Uniting Church and the temperance cause. Why did our church mothers and fathers care so much about a few drinks, and what does their legacy mean for the contemporary church? You don’t have to be too long in the tooth to remember when the most potent substance to be found in a ...

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Seeking calm amidst the storm

Rev Monique Mawbey. Photo: Holly Jewell

With her vibrant sense of style and passion for building Christian community, the new discipleship facilitator at Bremer Brisbane Presbytery is already standing out from the crowd. Dianne Jensen talks to Rev Monique Mawbey about life, death and what young Christians think about the Uniting Church. Uniting Church deacon Rev Monique Mawbey has no hesitation in pinpointing the moment which ...

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Finding love online

(L-R) Matt and Andrea Hogg; Gary Wallis and Judy Douglas. Photo: Supplied

No, you don’t need a romantic relationship to complete you—but what if you’re single and you don’t want to be? This Valentine’s Day Ashley Thompson asks eight Christians who met their partners online what factors contributed to their success when navigating the world of online dating. Think it’s uncommon to find love online? Think again. From the inception of Match.com ...

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Give peace a chance

Nyaluak Leth

Nyaluak Leth talks to Dianne Jensen about the hopes and challenges facing the new generation of South Sudanese Christians growing up in Australia. Nyaluak Leth remembers holding her father’s hand as they walked to the train station on their way to St David’s Uniting Church, Coopers Plains in Brisbane. The 19-year-old student was only five when she arrived from Egypt ...

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Cape York nets a fisher of men

Rev Craig Mischewski with his boat. Photo: John Harrison

Rev Craig Mischewski began his ministry in a remote cattle camp in the Northern Territory, and he is still more than happy to leave the city lights behind. John Harrison talks to the new Uniting Church minister serving the isolated communities of western Cape York. New Zealand-born Rev Craig Mischewski is a big man with a big heart and an ...

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Aged care health: what’s lurking behind the Budget cuts?

What lies ahead for aged care health? Photo: Supplied

As the federal government moves forward with plans to cut $1.2 billion in funding for aged care health over four years, what does this really mean for elderly people on the receiving end? Ben Rogers investigates. During the 2016–17 Budget announcement in May, the federal government signalled $1.2 billion worth of cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)—a resource ...

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Reflections on the unborn

Reflections on the unborn. Photo: Supplied

Abortion can be a notoriously difficult topic to discuss in the faith community, but proposals to reform abortion laws introduced to the Queensland Parliament this year have once again put it under the spotlight. Ashley Thompson meets four women who share their personal encounters with pregnancy, abortion and faith, and examines where the Uniting Church in Queensland stands on the ...

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Iven Hewett: fit for purpose

Iven prepares for competition at the Australian National Powerlifting Championships by dusting his hands with chalk. Photo by Peter Hewett.

Journey talks with Iven about his faith, his lifelong journey with maintaining fitness and what advice he has for others keen to stay active and healthy. While some people entering retirement may be keen to embark on a leisurely cruise or simply put their feet up, Iven Hewett is still going strong. Literally. The 70-year-old retired Chinchilla Uniting Church pastor ...

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From exclusion to embrace: disability, faith and inclusivity

(Left to right) Uncle John Baxter, Mary Henley-Collopy and Meredith Allen attended the Exclusion and Embrace conference in Melbourne. Photo by Sue Hutchinson.

Most Australians will either experience disability themselves or have direct contact with someone who has, but are churches equipped to be an inclusive environment for everyone? Sue Hutchinson examines disability, faith and what churches can do to be welcoming to all. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around one in five people in Australia have a disability ...

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