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Friday religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Royalty and religion With Meghan Markle recently baptised and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry on 19 May, the royal correspondent for News International takes a deep dive into the religious conventions that have shaped the royal family in an interview published in Insight Magazine. ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 April 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

The rumours are about that the Federal Government is again looking at cutting foreign aid in the forthcoming budget. Australia made deep cuts—about 20 per cent—to foreign aid in 2012/13. Our level of foreign aid is currently at 0.22 per cent of gross national income. Hardly a tithe! I guess it is seen by politicians as an easy cut because ...

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Social Responsibility Review

What’s coming up May is National Domestic Violence and Family Prevention month, designed to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. Visit the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month website for more information. Week in review “Refugees are being starved out” The ...

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Friday’s Religion Wrap

God Bless the Child An Arizona State University Professor has examined the spiritual impact on Billie Holiday in a new book that examines the singers work and life. Holiday could sing blues like no one else sang blues, but she wasn’t primarily a blues singer. In fact, she often resented that label, as though being black had landed her in ...

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Introducing Next Gen Arise

To celebrate Queensland Youth Week, JourneyOnline speaks to Noah Kim, Next Generation Leadership Project Officer about Next Gen Arise, a Synod initiative to support young people to develop leadership, build networks and worship cooperatively.  What is Next Gen Arise? Next Gen Arise is a Synod’s initiative to support young people to develop leadership, build networks and corporately worship. It is ...

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Social Responsibility Review

What’s coming up The Death of a King The Reverend Doctor Noel Preston, AM will deliver a lecture titled “The Death of a King: an Australian reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.” on Monday, 23 April at St Matt’s Anglican Church, Holland Park. Bookings are essential. Please email stmattshp@iprimus.com.au Free Community Action Workshop The ...

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The dream that never dies – Why Martin Luther King’s vision lives on, 50 years after his murder

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Uniting Church minister (retired) and ethicist Dr Noel Preston AM considers the legacy of the iconic Baptist preacher and civil rights leader. There are accolades and honours aplenty bestowed on Martin Luther King Jr. Chief among these was the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 “for ...

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Moderator Musing – 9 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

As a wonderfully successful Easter Madness comes to its conclusion up on the Sunshine Coast, I’m reminded that it’s Queensland Youth Week this week. The theme is, ‘Jump in; make a splash. Sounds like fun. The Uniting Church in Australia’s schools and colleges in my experience form young people to do just that. The Synod Standing Committee last week approved ...

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Introducing BreadFishToo

To celebrate Queensland Youth Week, Steve Molkentin writes about BreadFishToo, an online community of faith specifically for young people within the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. BreadFishToo has been running for a little over a year and we’re journeying together to learn more about Jesus and how to live out our faith as consistently online as we do in ...

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Religion Wrap

Honouring the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr In a feature published in the New York Times to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s death, Dr Gregory Stirling, dean of Yale Divinity School reflects on the influence of Dr King. The title “reverend” — and Dr. King’s prominent vocation as a Baptist preacher — is too often ...

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