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Nancy Beach: Going against the tide

Nancy Beach

US pastor and author Nancy Beach has gained international recognition for her ministry work transforming the relationship between the arts and church, and she is set to visit Australia for the Uniting Leaders conference in August. Bindy Taylor meets Nancy to discuss leadership, gender politics and the importance of having fun. Nancy Beach is a self-confessed optimist. This outlook has ...

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Forgive us our sins

Sin, Jesus, Easter and Atonement

In the 21st century what should Christians make of the concept of “sin”? A long-gone relic or a necessary corrective in a society seduced by moral relativism and the cult of victimhood? Simon Gomersall explores sin, Easter and atonement. It is now conventional to assert that the language and concept of sin is irrelevant in both 21st century Australian society ...

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Building faith communities for the future

Rev Kath Behan.

As the Uniting Church celebrates the 40th anniversary of Australia’s first home-grown church, Journey explores three different examples of innovation and renewal in Queensland congregations. Dianne Jensen reports. Ripley Valley: a season to begin A new town is rising in south east Queensland. Ripley Valley will have a bigger downtown area than the nearby Ipswich central business district and house ...

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Trusting God when it matters most

The Ellinger family (L–R) Chris, Katherine, Charlie and Stacie. Photo: Supplied

Moving to a foreign country can be a huge step for anyone but it is particularly challenging for those with a young family. In 2014 Chris and Stacie Ellinger took up the challenge by moving to Cambodia with their two children, offering them an opportunity to use their community development skills and work with local Christian organisations. Chris Ellinger reflects ...

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Future shock: creating sustainable church communities

Carolyn Kitto. Photo: Supplied

Carolyn Kitto’s fourteen-month trek around Queensland to take the pulse of presbytery life has produced a wide-ranging report which doesn’t pull any punches about what lies ahead. Journey talks with Carolyn about what she discovered. Uniting Church member and mission consultant Carolyn Kitto doesn’t mind being on the road. Her three-decade career in youth work, Christian education and strategic planning ...

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Behind the Basis: where it all began

The first Uniting Church service in Sydney back in 1977. Photo: Supplied

The Basis of Union is the foundational document that provides the Uniting Church its renewal and encouragement but how much do we really know about its origins and its evolution from the fifties to the seventies? Rev Dr D’Arcy Wood delves deep into the Basis of Union’s past. The early decades of the 20th century saw rapid developments in ecumenical ...

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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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