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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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Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

Cartoon of a husband lying on a hammock on the Sabbath and his wife pointing to a mower. By Phil Day.

Sunday-best clothes, church, roast lunches and lazy afternoons are Sunday memories for many older Christians. Dianne Jensen explores whatever happened to the Sabbath. For most Australians, the measured pace of Sunday has given way to the frenetic demand for unlimited access to entertainment, sport and commercial services. We are willing participants, giving way to the insidious tug to constantly check ...

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Superhuman singer: Tony Dee

Singer Tony Dee in a wheelchair with Channel 4's The Superhuman Band.

Behind the jaw dropping feel-good anthem of the 2016 Rio Paralympics is local Brisbane musician Tony Dee: Queensland Baptist client service officer by day, superhuman singer by night. Ashley Thompson talks to Tony about faith, music and disability inclusiveness. Launched in July, United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4’s promotional trailer for the September 2016 Paralympics “We’re the superhumans” has reached extraordinary ...

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Prison break: unlocking hope amidst Indigenous incarceration

Prison door with Christian cross. Graphic created by Holly Jewell.

The alarming incarceration rate of First Peoples highlights the long and painful path towards reconciliation and justice for many Australians. Journey explores the issue and speaks to the prison chaplains on the frontline. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may have recently declared the incarceration rates of young Indigenous people a “top priority” in light of alarming revelations of prisoner abuse in ...

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Stranger danger: creating welcoming church communities

(Left to right) newcomers coordinator at Newlife Uniting Church Marcelle Fricker with newcomer Darryl Holbrook, Rev Derek Schiller, St George Uniting Church, with congregation member Ned Jones. Photos were supplied.

Someone new walks into church. You’re torn between maintaining a polite distance and asking them around for lunch and afternoon Bible study. Dianne Jensen talks to two quite different Uniting Churches about welcoming newcomers. Stepping through the church door can be a scary business. The jargon and rituals are unnerving—and that’s before someone is invited to stand up and sing! ...

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