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Communities commit to care for creation

THERE IS a global growing awareness of the developed world’s reliance on oil – a finite resource that many scientists say is running out. The Transition Network is a UK based initiative that helps communities “deal with climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy (peak oil)”. The network has now reached Australia and members of the Kenmore Uniting Church, ...

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Growing family values

IN THE quiet suburb of Sherwood, in Brisbane’s inner south-west, the Cullen-Erickson family are your average family. Margaret and Grant, and their children, James (16) and Alexander (12), lead busy lives and are active members of Sherwood Uniting Church, a congregation known for their focus on justice and sustainability. The family have also made a commitment to lessen their impact ...

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Easterfest unites Christians

TENS OF thousands of Christians united in Toowoomba over the Easter weekend to worship and celebrate at Easterfest. After 13 years the annual event, held at Toowoomba’s Queens Park, remains the largest drug and alcohol free festival in Australia. Fans were eager to see headlining bands Switchfoot, Naturally Seven and Newworldson as well as Australian Christian music favourites the Paul ...

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Sustaining Creation

Eco-justice in body, mind and spiritThe call for Christians to be stewards of creation is an ancient one. Synod Green Church advocate, Rev Dr Clive Ayre, said the need to care for creation plugs into some of the key doctrines of the church. “For example a doctrine of grace, the whole idea of covenant is all involved,” he said. “James ...

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Biblical scholars’ revelations

DR ELIZABETH Boase and Dr Vicky Balabanski hold almost 30 published works between them, have two Bachelor degrees apiece and PhDs in their respective Testamental theologies: Dr Boase in Old Testament, and Dr Balabanski in New Testament. Though the Co-Directors of Biblical Studies at Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in South Australia have both proven to be extremely successful ...

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Women clothed with the sun

WHAT STARTED as planning a simple conference for the Assembly agency The Commission on Women and Men (later renamed Gospel and Gender) turned into a gathering that shook the foundation of what it meant to be a Christian woman in Australia. The 1996 gathering, Women Clothed with the Sun, held during a steamy Brisbane January, is still remembered fondly as ...

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Biblical women

OVER THIRTY years ago I began to study the stories of women told in the Bible. I was not the first. In the nineteenth century Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the American classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin, wrote Woman in Sacred History. Nor will I be the last, as each generation seeks to understand how various women have played a role ...

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Artist finds release

FOR NEARLY 30 years Peter Rowe could communicate only on a very restricted level because his speech is severely affected by Down syndrome. All that time, his family and those who knew him believed he had very little understanding and comprehension. But Mr Rowe’s life changed dramatically in 1994 when he was introduced to Facilitated Communication, a strategy which may ...

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Lost Liberation

Women’s rights in a post-feminist world AUSTRALIA WAS one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote and sit in parliament (federally in 1902). Yet according to the Australian Government Office for Women, it was not until 1943 that the nation elected women to Federal Parliament. Until 1966, women working in the federal public ...

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‘What are you hungry for this Easter?’ video launched

The Queensland Synod, in association with Paradigm Studios, has produced a video to complement the 2011 Easter postcard theme ‘Hungry? Satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul this Easter’.   The video is for use in church, school and agency meetings and gatherings and worship services in the lead up to Easter. It encourages discussion on the meaning of Easter ...

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