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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social responsibility review – 12 April

What’s coming up Justice for refugees; peace not war; bring them here. Join other people of faith on Palm Sunday to stand up for refugees. In the run up to the federal election, the Palm Sunday rally and march will help tell all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees. Look out for Sue Hutchinson and the ...

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Social responsibility review – 4 April

What’s coming up Annual Palm Sunday Rally This year’s Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees will be held on Sunday 14 April, from 2-4 pm, at Speakers corner, outside Queensland Parliament, corner George and Alice Streets. Speakers will include Aran Mylvaganam, co-founder of Tamil Council of Australia and Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Griffith University. The themes are “Justice for refugees; ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 1 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

My Year 10 English teacher Miss Sweeney set us a question in an exam: “Conflict is the essence of all drama. Discuss”. That aphorism has stayed with me for 46 years! I’ve often reflected on how I might answer it again. It’s helped me make sense of how the mass media posits what its various agencies present to us. Income ...

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Social responsbility review – 27 March

“Hope has two beautiful daughters—anger at the way things are, and courage to see they do not remain that way.”   –Augustine of Hippo What’s coming up Faith and climate Interested in theology and climate change? Then here are a couple of events for you! Both feature Dr Mick Popo meteorologist, theologian and writer. Firstly on 5 April from 6.30pm to ...

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Social responsibility review – 22 March

Royal Commission – people with disability Do you or someone close to you have a disability? Have you or they experienced violence, abuse, neglect or been exploited? Have your say on the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This public consultation runs from 13 March until 28 March. ...

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Vale John Smith

Motorcyclist, theologian and international speaker Rev Dr John Smith passed away on 6 March 2019. A talented writer and teacher, he was a requested speaker at Christian conferences such as Green Belt in the UK. He formed the God Squad, an international motorcycle organisation that provided chaplaincy to bikie gangs such as the Bandidos, Finks, and the Rebels. His autobiography, ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 14 March

Coming up Murri Court – Indigenous justice? Join Reconciliation Queensland for a presentation by Diane Fingleton, former Queensland Chief Magistrate and founder of the Murri Court on Saturday 16 March, 1.00pm–3.45pm at Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton. Please RSVP by email or call Rosalie on 0448 468 618. This is a free event, bring a plate to share if ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 11 March

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

I picked up the latest biography of Martin Niemöller the other day, by Matthew Hockenos. Niemöller is a fascinating figure; a Lutheran pastor, formerly a WW1 U-Boat captain, a fiercely nationalistic German who reluctantly came to the conclusion Hitler was not the saviour of the German people. He teamed up with the likes of Barth and Bonhoeffer to help the ...

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International Women’s Day – Rev Jenny Coombes

Longreach minister Rev Jenny Coombes. Photo was supplied.

Rev Jenny Coombes, minister at Longreach Uniting Church writes for International Women’s Day. How long have you been involved/connected to the church? I have been connected with the church since I was a child at Sunday School. As I grew up I started teaching Sunday school—that and playing piano for services were my main connection initially. What inspired you to ...

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International Women’s Day – Rev Yvonne McRostie

As a woman, a sister, there is nothing more amazing and powerful than being with a gathering of women belting out the Helen Reddy anthem song “I am Woman”. I don’t know many women who haven’t fist-pumped the liberating words of the chorus (sing it with me women, I know you want to!). “I am strong (STRONG—fist pump), I am ...

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