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Churches pull together in Townsville flood crisis

Rev Anne Harley and Rev Bruce Cornish report on unfolding events in Townsville following the devastating floods at the end of January and early February. On Sunday 27 January it started to rain. A typical summer monsoon bringing much needed rain to the city. Twelve months ago the dam was 14 per cent and the council was pumping water from ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Common phrase lost in religious haze The ABC’s Religion & Ethics blog examines the history of the phrase “Judeo-Christian tradition” and what it means in the context of western politics. University of Queensland Emeritus Professor Philip C. Almond traces the relatively short history of the term since the early-to-mid 20th century and how it became a term “that transcended both ...

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Letters to the Editor – Autumn 2019

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

A continuing dialogue I am saddened by the continuing emotive letters appearing in Journey on the subject of same-sex marriage. For a number of years now I have dabbled in theology and philosophy and so I can only conclude that there has been inadequate thinking about this subject. So let me make two points at the outset. Words are labels ...

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Montville’s creative soul reflected in gallery

Nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Montville Uniting Church has welcomed people into their church for over 20 years to pray, rest and reflect, but their recent addition of an art gallery has helped draw greater attention to how faith informs art and life. Ben Rogers reports. Montville may only be home to around 1000 people, but this tiny town ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Bringing light to the land of the rising sun CBN News reports on the increasing suicide rate in Japan and how the nation’s Christians are responding to the crisis. According to government stats, the suicide rate among young people is the highest in 30 years and there is a growing ...

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How to help your community when disaster strikes

Everyone wants to help in a crisis. By being prepared and understanding the local disaster management plan, churches can act quickly and use their resources where they are most effective. Here’s a checklist drawn from the new Queensland Synod publication Good advice for churches, congregations and faith groups ministering in disaster-affected communities. Understand the big picture. Government agencies, volunteer groups ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Does The Monthly really know the faith of ScoMo? Eternity News takes The Monthly to task over their article exploring Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Christian faith. Declaring The Monthly “disastrously wrong”, journalist John Sandeman claims some of the errors should have been obvious to sub-editors and that the article’s take on Pentecostalism ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Sign of the times or just misinformed? The Queensland Times has news of the latest controversial sign outside the Gosford Anglican Church causing a stir in light of the national debate around pill testing at music festivals. Reading “When will we love our kids more than being right”, the sign is ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Lady not gaga over Pence’s Christianity NBC News has news of Lady Gaga’s statements at a Las Vegas concert where she condemned US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife’s Christianity. Speaking to over 5000 fans at the MGM Park Theater, Gaga stated, “To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Faith might be best for a good night’s rest Religion News Service details information about a new study released in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion which found a strong faith could be a key factor in getting a good sleep. The study, “Sleep Quality and the Stress-Buffering ...

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