Tag Archives: faith

Unearthing gold and God in the west

Ruth Duncan with a large gold nugget at Natural Gold Nuggets of Kalgoorlie. Photo: Ruth Duncan

A recent Uniting News advertisement for free accommodation in return for providing Sunday services sparked an adventure from Ipswich to Kalgoorlie. Ruth Duncan reflects on her experiences moving westward and how she struck gold in the faith community. A small advertisement in the weekly Uniting News email late last year popped up the day after my last lecture in New ...

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Film review: Ordet

Ordet

A challenging, complex work exploring faith, family and the mysteries of existence, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet is hailed by the critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Ben Rogers reviews. Religion seems to hover over much of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s filmography—even in titles such as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, The Parson’s ...

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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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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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Multi-faith movement for peace at home

A multi-faith coalition of communities will come together on 25 November for the “Peace Begins at Home” walk to stop violence against women.

A multi-faith coalition of communities will come together on 25 November for the “Peace Begins at Home” walk to stop violence against women. The event coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and White Ribbon Day. Journey talks with three women helping organise the event. Now in its second year, the walk through ...

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Behind the soundtrack to your faith

Members of Hillsong United gather to pray before a concert. Photo: Pure Flix

If you’re dismissive about Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (2016) “preaching to the converted”, you’re missing the point—because that’s actually their purpose. They are fundamentally a C2C (church-to-church) resource that is serving the global church—and this documentary, and their music, is for us. “We’re the biggest band you’ve never heard of.” Hillsong United Jad Gillies’ statement couldn’t be truer of the ...

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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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Think local, connect to the global

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

There was an old bumper sticker that said, “Think global, act local”. Our faith speaks about the great universal themes of creation, of reconciliation, of salvation. The Uniting Church, particularly, is energised by the large and broad issues that humanity and the nation are facing—anthropogenic climate change, the global refugee crisis, the world economic order. Yet for many of us, ...

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Letters November 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

That’s us in the corner? The title of the secular band R.E.M.’s 1991 hit single “Losing my religion” was supposedly taken from a southern United States expression meaning “At my wit’s end”, as if things were going so bad you could lose your faith in God. So what has this to do with Rev David Baker’s statement that Australia has ...

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What do you make of Halloween?

Halloween pumpkins

It might be quickly catching on as an Australian calendar fixture synonymous with horror-themed costumes and teeth-rotting lollies but what should Christians make of Halloween? Rev David MacGregor examines the history behind the commercialism and the practice of “trick or treat”. What do you make of Halloween each year? I’ve long wondered that. Halloween is of course huge business in ...

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