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34th Synod in Session: Day three – Planning for mission in challenging times

The third day of Synod in Session provided an opportunity to celebrate new and past ministry, to hear about developments in mission and outreach, and to consider significant proposals before Synod. Journey reports. The report of the Schools and Residential Colleges Commission (SRCC) by Chair Peter Campbell highlighted a number of achievements and challenges since the last Synod. Peter drew attention to ...

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34th Synod in Session: Day two – Now is the time to sow

The theme of “Sow” was at the heart of worship, reflection and business during the second day of Synod in Session. Journey reports. Synod in Session saw the launch of Project Plenty, a new whole-of-Synod strategic planning exercise that will shape the Synod in the future. The 18-month process will involve consultation with presbyteries and congregations and collaboration and alignment ...

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34th Synod in Session: Called to seek the kingdom

The 34th Synod at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on Friday 17 May 2019 was officially opened by the Moderator Rev David Baker. Journey reports. Moderator Rev David Baker welcomed Assembly President Dr Deirdre Palmer and Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer, as well as visitors from the Ekaristi Church in Dili, Timor-Leste, Bevinda Pinto and Isac de Jesus. A powerful Welcome to Country ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Christians won’t be left out of representation ABC News reports on why left-wing Christians are an emerging voting bloc this election and why their politics aren’t as simple as traditional leftists. ABC claims that, “unlike conservative Christians on the right, who rally around a distinct set of issues – including same-sex ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Shifting Christian cinema’s focus to mainstream appeal Buzzfeed News puts the spotlight on Christian cinema and its growing mainstream appeal, and ponders how the Christian movie industry will fare when it has traditionally been “fuelled by a sense of neglect”? In 2018 I Can Only Imagine, a biopic about Christian musician ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Don’t be a fool; religion has a place in school  The Sydney Morning Herald has an opinion piece arguing that religious education still has a place in Australian schools despite critics waging an ideological war to have it removed. Christian SRE CEO Murray Norman examines the Census data and finds that while ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 30 April

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

So Easter Madness “went off” and it was a wonderful time of discipleship, fellowship, and worship for 180 young people. I popped in on the Sunday to have a yarn with those who wanted to talk about “the big questions”. One came to me that I didn’t expect: “Was Jesus ripped?”. I needed a bit of help. “Ripped”? “Yeah, you ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 15 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Here we are in the week of weeks. Did anyone think it would come to this? Certainly not his followers, nor the Roman authorities, nor, maybe, even the religious authorities. Some on the margins could see it; notably Martha and Simon’s sister, Mary. Also, arguably, Thomas, who said, “Let us also go up to Jerusalem that we may die with ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team explores the stories that got us talking this week.  Yoga’s link to homosexuality a bit of a stretch Newsweek reports on Russian prison authorities’ decision to reinstate yoga classes after an initial ban due to theological concerns the practice could lead to homosexuality. Theological professor Alexander Dvorkin raised the issue when he wrote that yoga “could cause ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Cash splash on religious security after terror attack The Conversation reports on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of $55 million for enhanced security measures at religious premises. In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, Morrison spoke of tribalism and managing differences but was ready to put money towards ensuring that religious ...

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