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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.  Slovakia dumps church of spag in the bog The Christian Post examines latest legislative developments in Slovakia that seek to block the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, as well as Islam, ...

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Book review: Walking Home

Walking Home

Over five years ago Journey reported on a group of friends who were walking 2000 kilometres around Queensland to raise awareness about the 2000 languages into which the Bible has not been translated. Andrew Sav, one of those walkers, has since written about his experiences on that trek for his new book Walking Home. Neil Thorpe reviews. This book should ...

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Searching for the real Shalom

(L–R) Shalom principal Chris England, deputy principal Sandy Hindmarsh, students Dyontae, Kiarna, Djuvaan and registrar Jodi McLean. Photo: David Oxenburgh

Uniting Church school Shalom Christian College has been in the news lately after participating in a recent Royal Commission public hearing. Mardi Lumsden discovers the school behind the headlines. As the dust settles on another school year and a small group of students from Shalom Christian College in Townsville celebrate the end of Year 12, they may not realise the ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.  Drinks off the menu for Christian hipsters  Daily Mail Australia covers the wedding ceremony of a Christian couple (dubbed “hipsters” by the Mail) who chose to go alcohol-free for their festivities. With ...

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Chaplaincy: Delivering hope during Christmas

Rev Rob Packer

Three chaplains working in the police force, the defence force and health care talk to Journey about bringing hope to others during the Christmas season and their own hopes for 2017. Rev Doug Foster Rev Doug Foster is a police chaplain for the Far North Police District incorporating north of Cardwell, Cairns, Cape York and the Torres Straits. Journey: What ...

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What if every church … practised hospitality as mission?

In November’s exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt contemplates the benefits to churches if they rethink their approach to hospitality in the spirit of Jesus’ practices. We talk a lot, in the church, about hospitality. We talk about the critical importance of welcoming the stranger; about generosity, grace and what it means to share our space with the other. ...

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Small church, big vision: How the Congregational Church led Australia in the ordination of women

Rev Dr Julia Pitman’s latest book Our principle of sex equality examines the stories of 15 female ministers in the context of the establishment of Congregationalism in Australia. Dianne Jensen talks with the author about her research, the history of the ordination of women and how the Uniting Church has been influenced by the Congregational Church. The Congregational Church is ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.  Rev’d up for God ABC News reports on the Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club, a biker church where the only prerequisites to join in are a motorcycle and a belief in God. Boasting ...

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Film review: Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge (2016). Photo by Icon Film Distribution.

Mel Gibson’s personal transgressions are easily forgotten when witnessing his extraordinary ability to communicate the Christian faith in Hacksaw Ridge. Ashley Thompson reviews. Like Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson can be an easy personality not to like. Like Cruise, Gibson’s controversial personal life is no barrier to profoundly appreciating his talent and contribution to filmmaking. And just when you thought the ...

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Appealing outcome for Fiji recovery

A collage of photos showing the damage of Cyclone Winston, goods in transit and their distribution. Photos were supplied.

Gratitude has poured in from Rakiraki, Fiji as communities rebuild their lives after Cyclone Winston—thanks to goods donated by various groups within the Queensland Uniting Church. Journey reports. It claimed the lives of 44 people and destroyed the family home of Fijian native and Brisbane Congress Congregation minister Rev Saimoni Davui, but those affected by Fiji’s strongest tropical storm on ...

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