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Nathaniel Buzolic: Christian, actor and Insta influencer

This article originally appeared on Insights. Special thanks to Adrian Drayton.  While he may not be a household name, Nathaniel Buzolic’s 1.9 million followers on Instagram are both avid fans of the TV shows he has been involved with and his openness to share his faith on the social media platform. An Australian of Croatian heritage now living in Los ...

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My Response to Progressive Christianity

As part of the UC Forum’s Bursary Application process, interested parties were asked to write an essay exploring issues relating to progressive Christianity and traditional orthodoxy. Successful bursary recipient Deon Naudé writes his response to progressive Christianity. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one ...

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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.  Theocracy won’t grow under PM ScoMo ABC News explores Christianity in public life after Scott Morrison, a noted evangelical, became Australia’s Prime Minister. Simon Smart writes many of Australia’s top leaders have been Christians (Julia Gillard being one big exception) and there’s very little chance the nation will be plunged into a ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Keep it strange if you want the change The Christian Post reports on a new book by Michael Frost which claims that eccentric actions may be key to growing the church. Keep Christianity Weird is Frost’s take on rule-breaker movements and he sees pastors using unconventional methods in their ministry ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 4 September 2018

What’s coming up The Merger: A message of inclusivity  “A former star footballer returns to his home town, but finds his political views aren’t welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.”    This film will ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 3 September

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

Part two of my trip up north was to “Walk on Country” with Rev Richard Cassady, a few Synod folk, and “Australians Together”. What inspired me about this trip was engaging with Indigenous leaders who are getting on with the job of providing opportunities for their people to find meaningful purpose in life. The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation at Cardwell runs ...

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Rallying youth on the Sunshine Coast

A new ecumenical initiative is bringing young people together on the Sunshine Coast to connect with their faith through music and exciting guest speakers. Journey reports on Activate Sunshine Coast (ASC) and what gives it the “X Factor”. It started with a simple proposition: why couldn’t the Sunshine Coast regularly hold youth rallies for the state’s Christians to connect with ...

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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.     Church wine to blame for drink-drive shame?  Daily Mail Australia reports on some of the more creative reasons given by motorists who have been caught drink-driving. One driver on the Sunshine Coast blamed the church when police pulled them over and stated church wine was the reason he was over ...

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Synod Scholarship Fund builds critical bridges

Mid-2018 has been focused on securing tax-deductibility for our donors and creating a public fund that will enable educational outcomes across our state. The Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod Scholarship Fund was launched on 1 July 2018 to recognise student leadership in our local communities and to offer a critical bridge for those who lack opportunity. Some of the ...

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Spring 2018 edition now available

So the 15th Assembly has concluded, decisions have been made and the church has a new President and President-elect. Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room though: after three decades of conversation and six years of formal consideration, the church has a position on same-gender marriage. Is everyone happy with that position? No. Is everyone happy with the process ...

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