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Freddie Steen: Asylum limbo “hell on earth”

Member of the Order of Australia, Freddie Steen is a passionate refugee advocate.

Like a voice crying in the wilderness, Frederika Steen AM won’t be silent about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Dianne Jensen reports. “I have looked into their faces, I know their names and I have heard their stories of suffering. What else could I do but speak out?” Refugee advocate Frederika (Freddie) Steen doesn’t mince her words when ...

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Young and the restless: Queensland’s youth justice reform

Arrested teenager with handcuffs

Life is about to get tougher for young Queenslanders in trouble with the law. Dianne Jensen reports. “Tough on crime” has a reassuring ring to the outraged householder who discovers a smashed car window or graffiti on their freshly painted wall. It’s time these kids faced up to the consequences of their behaviour, right? The Queensland Government is currently considering legislation ...

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Giving out for Lent

Vicki, Joel, Brian and Zac Robinson.

The Christian tradition of giving something up for Lent could provide a new perspective on life and faith. Dianne Jensen talks to families about Lent Event. Uniting Church congregations don’t have much corporate memory when it comes to the Lenten practice of undertaking 40 days of repentance and self-denial, culminating in the joy of Easter Sunday. Frankly, it’s been a ...

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Time out to reflect at Lenten art exhibition

"Via Francigena – Camino from Canterbury to Rome, 2013, san Lorenzo to Ponticelli" by Lindsay Farrell.

All in God’s time is the theme of the new Lenten exhibition at the Vera Wade Gallery in Brisbane by members of the Visionaries Christian artist network. Dianne Jensen reports. The Vera Wade gallery at St Andrew’s Uniting Church presents the work of 15 Queensland artists who use a range of genres including gouache, mixed media, sculpture and photography to ...

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Mitchell, Toowoomba church partnership supports rural families

Children enjoying the facilities at the new Mitchell Early Childhood Education Centre.

An innovative partnership between Queensland Uniting Church congregations over 400 kilometres apart has resulted in a new early childhood centre serving isolated families. Dianne Jensen reports. The $1.25 million Mitchell Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) was opened in September last year on the grounds of Mitchell State School with the help of a $58 000 state government grant and the ...

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Trevor Jordan: adoption and ethics

President of Jigsaw Queensalnd, Dr Trevor Jordan.

Jigsaw Queensland President Dr Trevor Jordan knows from experience that secrecy casts a long shadow. Dianne Jensen reports. Now semi-retired from his role as an academic and consultant in professional and public ethics, Dr Trevor Jordan devotes much of his time to the Queensland branch of Jigsaw, the volunteer organisation providing a range of services to those affected by adoption. ...

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Making room for Santa

Actors Edmund Gwenn and actresses Natalie Woof and Maureen O'Hara in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox.

“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa,” asks Bart Simpson. We wince, and wonder if this is how the post- Christian world really sees us. Have Santa and Jesus coalesced into a single mythical character of indeterminate age and girth, a miracle worker who is great with kids? There is no denying that ...

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Building on a strong foundation

Bundaberg Uniting Church was inundated by flood water in early 2013 but is now refurbished and an active worshiping community once more.

The image of the 77-year-old Bundaberg Uniting Church awash with 60 cm of putrid water was a symbol for many of the devastation wrought by the January floods. It was the end of September before the congregation gathered in the refurbished church for worship, writes Dianne Jensen. The damage to the Bundaberg church property was extensive. As well as flooding the church, ...

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Bundaberg: the advent of hope

Frank Millett, Heather Donald and Rev Ray Nutley use Uniting Communications' Christmas postcards to spread the news about the Bundaberg Uniting Church Christmas services.

As Bundaberg Uniting Church members begin the familiar Advent journey, many will reflect on a year of working and waiting for a new beginning. Dianne Jensen reports. The people of Bundaberg and the nearby towns in the Wide Bay Burnett region had their lives turned upside down by the floods caused by cyclone Oswald last January. An estimated 9000 houses ...

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When I was in prison you visited me

UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain Beatriz Skippen. Photo by Dianne Jensen.

UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain Beatriz Skippen talks to Dianne Jensen about her life behind bars. Beatriz Skippen talks quietly on Monday mornings. As UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain, her Sundays are spent either speaking in churches or preaching in prisons, sometimes participating in between four and six services a day. Her day has ...

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