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Author Archives: Ashley Thompson

Neglecting history, inspiring change

Catana Starks, played by Taraji P Henson. Photo was supplied.

Reminiscent of critically acclaimed classic Remember the Titans (2000), From the Rough joins a long list of self-acclaimed inspirational sports films which see underdog sports teams triumph against racial, economic and gender disadvantage to hope’s end. Based on a true story, Catana Starks (Taraji P Henson) is a former women’s swim coach and the first woman ever to coach an ...

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Losing relevance

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). Photo was supplied.

Meta text Clouds of Sils Maria explores the theme of transformation through the layered looking glass of actresses whose reality is closely related to that of their characters’. For those who have never cared much for Kristen Stewart: watching her in the role of Valentine, a character deeply suited to her monotone decibels and low tolerance for nonsense; brings a ...

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Loving her community 100 years

Lorna Rickert - Loving her Community 100 years

Lorna Rickert’s commitment to her local Eastern Downs congregation is so great she has served it almost as long as it has been open. Ashley Thompson writes. Born in Toowoomba hospital the year of the Anzac (1915), Lorna Jane Rickert grew up in the town of Nobby—a community of barely 400 people. “I married my neighbour—that is what kept me ...

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Cyclone damage bill mounts

Damage at Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island. Photo by Rev Dr Stephen Robinson.

Uniting Church emergency aid and relief has begun to arrive in Central Queensland after Tropical Cyclone Marcia tore through the Capricorn Coast in February this year. Ashley Thompson reports. The Queensland Synod’s Risk and Insurance team has been contacted by 14 sites which sustained varying levels of insurable damage from Cyclone Marcia, totalling an estimated insurance cost of $517 000. Those ...

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How workplace culture can help stamp out domestic violence

Every day in Queensland, there are about 180 reports to police of domestic violence incidents. Photo from iStock.

UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross has written an opinion piece on the Conversation about what we can do at work to stop violence in our homes. Often viewed as a private matter not appropriate for the workplace, Anne recounts the stories of women who has been victimised twice by their co-workers by blaming them for “causing trouble” and bringing their “domestic” problems ...

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Making a vision for mission

Men from the local community at the opening of the Deception Bay Men’s Shed in September 2014. Photo by Joy Killey.

Why do you do the things you do? Ashley Thompson talks to Ashgrove West and Deception Bay Uniting Churches about how to cultivate a mission-orientated church culture. Whether you realise it or not every church has a culture. Framed by the vision, values and systems of its members, this culture is often buried beneath the reflexive answer “That’s just the ...

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Shop guilt-free

Outfit sourced from op shop stores around Australia. Photo by nevereverpayretail.com.au

Years ago you wouldn’t be caught dead in hand-me-down clothes, but today upcycling an old garment is considered both ethically conscious and fashionable. So why isn’t it mainstream? Ashley Thompson explores. Emerging in the early 1900s, “charity shops” or “bazaars” were first set up to give labour opportunities to the disadvantaged and simultaneously fundraise for charities. It wasn’t until the deprivation ...

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Alcohol, gambling advertising set to increase during prime time family viewing

Kids watching TV. Photo by Michael Cramer. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Proposed changes to the free-to-air TV code of practice will most likely lead to a significant increase in alcohol and gambling advertising during prime time family viewing. This would mean that violence, sexual content, advertisements for alcohol, gambling and M-rated movies and DVDs could be screened during earlier time slots. Potential changes to Free TV’s code of practice include allowing ...

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General secretary follows his calling

Gary Doyle, Queensland Synod general secretary. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Ashley Thompson speaks with newly appointed Queensland Synod General Secretary Gary Doyle about his passion for young people and the church. Last December Gary Doyle and his wife Helen uprooted themselves from their home in Townsville and moved to Brisbane—enabling him to become general secretary of the Uniting Church in Queensland. “I don’t really see this job as a promotion; ...

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How can I help?

(Right) Katherine Bizzell, member of The Gap Uniting on a short-term mission trip to North India. Photo: Hugo Joubert

All giving should be rooted in relationship, writes Ashley Thompson. Last year your aunt gave you ice tongs for Christmas. You didn’t want or need them. In fact you weren’t even aware ice needed tongs! So today, like many other misguided gifts from relatives, they live in a spare cupboard waiting to be re-gifted. You’re positive you’re not the only one who’s been ...

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