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February 2017 Journey now available

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Welcome back to Journey and I hope the Christmas holiday period gave you an opportunity to relax, reflect on the year that was and refresh for the year that will be. 2017 promises to be something of a wild ride as we buckle up for a certain businessman taking over the White House but there have been enough rivers of ...

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When three became one in Christ

The Uniting Church celebrates its inauguration in 1977. Photo: Life and Times

As the Uniting Church celebrates its fortieth anniversary Ben Rogers revisits the excitement, challenges and hope behind the historic union of Congregationalists, Methodists and Presbyterians in Australia in 1977. For younger members of the Uniting Church in Australia who have only ever known its current incarnation, the period surrounding church union in 1977 is past history. Visiting Wikipedia’s rundown of ...

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What does it mean to be wise?

Dr Paul Hedley Jones. Photo: Supplied

Wisdom is frequently associated with knowledge, experience and common sense but what does it mean to be wise as a Christian? Dr Paul Hedley Jones, lecturer in Old Testament and Homiletics at Trinity College Queensland, offers his perspective. The Bible makes it clear that wisdom is a good thing to get hold of. As it says in Proverbs, “Sell everything ...

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Temperance: How we almost tamed the demon drink

To drink or not to drink? Photo: Supplied

Dianne Jensen explores the historical connections between the Uniting Church and the temperance cause. Why did our church mothers and fathers care so much about a few drinks, and what does their legacy mean for the contemporary church? You don’t have to be too long in the tooth to remember when the most potent substance to be found in a ...

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Seeking calm amidst the storm

Rev Monique Mawbey. Photo: Holly Jewell

With her vibrant sense of style and passion for building Christian community, the new discipleship facilitator at Bremer Brisbane Presbytery is already standing out from the crowd. Dianne Jensen talks to Rev Monique Mawbey about life, death and what young Christians think about the Uniting Church. Uniting Church deacon Rev Monique Mawbey has no hesitation in pinpointing the moment which ...

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NCYC 2017: Uniting cultures with passion

Young delegates enjoy a live musical performance at Yurora 2017. Photo: Josh Wyatt

This year’s Yurora National Christian Youth Convention saw hundreds of young people travel to Stanwell Tops, NSW for a week of worship, workshops and more. Ben Tupou reports. A triennial event held by the Uniting Church, the youth convention hosted delegates aged 16 to 25 from around Australia and at least six different countries worldwide. Yurora 2017’s purpose was to ...

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Unite to face the year ahead

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

Well, it’s going to be a big year. Some of us might have thought that we’d had enough change but obviously in the United Kingdom and North America there have been other sorts of changes in people’s minds that will play out this year. In the public sphere, it looks like it will be a year of conflict, of emotive ...

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Letters February 2017

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Searching for Jehova My name is George Harper and I am a reader of every issue of the Journey. I read it because I am interested in what individuals write about their interest in spiritual matters. I have never seen in any portion of Journey the name Jehovah, yet when I was a young boy we went to a Methodist ...

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Finding love online

(L-R) Matt and Andrea Hogg; Gary Wallis and Judy Douglas. Photo: Supplied

No, you don’t need a romantic relationship to complete you—but what if you’re single and you don’t want to be? This Valentine’s Day Ashley Thompson asks eight Christians who met their partners online what factors contributed to their success when navigating the world of online dating. Think it’s uncommon to find love online? Think again. From the inception of Match.com ...

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Five things about Lent explained

5 things about Lent explained. Photo: Supplied

Lent is a special time in the church’s calendar for prayer, reflection and repentance. Journey uncovers five things you may not have known about the period and its traditions. Why do we call it Lent?  The term “Lent” has its roots in the Old English words lencten (spring season) and lenctentid (springtide) which also are associated with the “lengthening days” ...

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