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Exploring biblical authority

Journey looks at Brian McLaren’s second question that is transforming the church: the question of biblical authority. THEOLOGIAN AND Brisbane based Uniting Church minister Rev Peter Lockhart said the Basis of Union boldly states that the Uniting Church “has received the books of the Old and New Testaments as unique prophetic and apostolic testimony, in which it hears the Word ...

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Committing their spirit

I’D ONLY been in town a few days and here I was driving to a house I had never been to, to meet a family I didn’t know, to arrange the funeral of a person I had never met. I asked myself, “What on earth am I doing?” The urge to turn around was quite real. Yet at the same ...

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Called with one foot in the grave

BEING A funeral director isn’t necessarily a job you grow up wanting to do. Journey spoke with three funeral directors who explained that it is more of a vocation or calling than a job. Bethel Funerals’ Queensland Branch Manager Steve Burnett had been attending the Bible College of Queensland in the early 1990s when he felt called to help the ...

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Wesley Mission Brisbane carves end-of-life care path

ACCORDING TO a recent ABC report seven out of ten Australians die what might be called an ‘expected death’. Yet until recently the focus of medicine, even for those in palliative care, has been to try to prolong life as long as possible, despite the unintended discomfort this may cause. Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Bethesda Caring Centre at Corinda in Brisbane ...

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Easter 2010 Messages from Australian Church Leaders

This week will see millions of Christians around the world celebrating the same date for Easter by attending church and again reflecting upon the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What does Easter mean for us in Australia? Is it just another long weekend or is it more than that? For some it may just be ...

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President’s Easter Message 2010

Christmas Island Detention Centre is a fascinating place to reflect about Easter! I have recently returned from a Church leaders’ delegation to this remote island where all asylum seekers arriving by boat are housed whilst awaiting refugee and security status checks. Many of them carry great anxiety not to mention the trauma that many have experienced before embarking on their ...

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Easter video message from the Moderator

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson presents a video Easter message available on the JourneyTelevision YouTube channel. Mr Johnson urges Uniting Church member to think about the gifts and chocolate they purchase this Easter and how they could reflect Christ in the world.

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Church looks for the way, together

AROUND 50 Uniting Church members and staff gathered in February in response to a 27th Synod resolution to begin to discern a shared direction for the next 10 years of the Uniting Church in Queensland which enriches community; local, state, national and global. This is a grassroots approach that aims to inspire, renew and energise congregation members and Church and ...

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Only 5 of top 25 US churches report membership growth

U.S. membership has increased in the Roman Catholic Church – the nation’s largest Christian body – but the No. 2 Southern Baptist Convention, along with most traditional Protestant denominations, reported continuing decline, according to new figures released by the National Council of Churches. Both the Southern Baptists and Catholics reported membership losses in 2009’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches; ...

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UnitingWorld says radical climate change alternative ‘worth serious consideration’

Australia should follow New Zealand’s lead and offer Pacific Island Nations an economic safety net against catastrophic climate change. This is the claim made by former Garnaut Review economist, AusAID Chief Economist and World Bank Lead Economist, Professor Stephen Howes from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. UnitingWorld Associate Director Church Solidarity (Pacific) Mr ...

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