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How church pioneers are setting a new course for the future

Karen Bowler from Faith Works Uniting Community in Brisbane (incorporating Eastside Trinity at Norman Park and Coorparoo) reports on the National Pioneer Gathering held at Maroochydore at the end of May. During the three days at the National Pioneer Gathering, 40 incredibly diverse people from across Australia considered why we should, and how we can, do “church” differently. The event ...

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What is the foundation of reality?

While scientists continue to push forward into new frontiers of knowledge about physics, are they getting closer to answering the big questions about our universe’s origins or is the quest for science-based answers doomed to fail? Nick Mattiske reviews a pair of books exploring the big questions about our universe’s known knowns, unknown knowns and unknown unknowns. For some, religious ...

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Letters to the Editor – Winter 2018

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Debating the resurrection I was dismayed to read Dr John Frederick’s feature in the previous Journey (Autumn 2018 edition), especially if this is an example of the approach taken in the biblical education of candidates for the Ministry of the Word. A literalist approach is taken to the Easter story and this is overlaid with a materialistic interpretation. There are ...

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Let heaven and angels sing!

This year Dr Steven Nisbet celebrates 40 years as organist and Director of Music at Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane. Steven was president of the Organ Society of Queensland for 26 years. He retired from Griffith University in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education. What skills does a church organist need? Firstly, there are the technical skills of ...

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How many goats does it take to change a lightbulb?

This article is brought to you by UnitingWorld. UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor shines a light on the life-changing results your donations have on communities in Indonesia and how a humble goat can lead to schooling, medicine, food and economic development. Okay look, goats are good for a lot of things, but changing lightbulbs isn’t one of them. Sorry to disappoint. On ...

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What does a “mission ready” graduate of Trinity College Queensland actually look like?

You may have heard the phrase “mission ready” in the context of theological learning but what does that actually mean in a practical sense? Rev Nigel Rogers—Trinity College Queensland’s Dean of Formation and Dispersed Learning—illustrates the characteristics of the mission ready graduate and how that links to the Basis of Union. Would you know a graduate from Trinity if they ...

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Keep on questioning

It was recently my privilege to facilitate a number of electives at the Uniting Church Synod-wide youth camp, Easter Madness. My electives were titled, “Big Questions” which created space for groups of adolescents to ask and explore questions relating to life and faith. I was deeply impressed by the depth of questions asked, the maturity of ensuing interaction and the ...

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When the choir came to town

Pub Choir is the growing craze for people wanting a fun night out singing and meeting others but as Scott Guyatt discovered, there may be some profound lessons the church can learn from their community-building efforts. Recently I found myself on the banks of the Brisbane River, a member of an impromptu Pub Choir of around 600 voices, singing Midnight ...

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Why RI still belongs in our schools

Rev Paul Clark draws upon the survey results of the 2017 Queensland Christian Religious Instruction Network (QCRIN) survey from more than 750 instructors, to offer this fictionalised profile of who is teaching Religious Instruction and why it matters for our youth. Janet enters her local state school every Friday. She’s a retired teacher aide who’s been part of the school ...

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Eight tips for bringing kids (and their parents) back to church

Wondering where all the kids went? Read our top tips from local leaders and congregations for creating sustainable ministry with children. 1. Put children’s and family ministry at the centre of your church mission. This means more than just welcoming kids and their parents or carers, but providing opportunities for them to serve and listening to their ideas. It means ...

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