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Letter to the Editor – Spring 2019

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On John Calvin’s Institutes Marilynne Robinson (the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead) reflects deeply on John Calvin in her 1998 book of essays The Death of Adam, specifically on how no one reads what Calvin himself wrote but instead read learned-looking books which do not “include a single work of his immense corpus in their bibliographies, nor indicate in ...

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Book review: The Lost Art of Scripture

World-renowned religious author Karen Armstrong explores the value of scripture in an increasingly secularised world and ponders whether we’ve lost our ability to engage with faith texts as spiritual tools rather than binding rules. Nick Mattiske reviews. Karen Armstrong’s epic study of the way scripture developed in the religious traditions of Europe, the Middle East and Asia begins back in ...

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The art of creating community

Rev Dona Spencer was born in and grew up in Atherton, far north Queensland, where colour, texture and pattern feature strongly in the local tropical/farming landscape. She is the minister at Kenmore Uniting Church, Bremer Presbytery. Which artwork do you consider to be your most significant? A piece of work which has come to be of meaning and significance is ...

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Into the light – churches at the forefront of change in the Pacific

While great strides have been made to address the global issue of gender inequality and gender-based violence, there is still much progress to be made, particularly in some Pacific nations where domestic violence, sexual assault and discrimination is rife. Cath Taylor reports on the issue and how the Uniting Church is helping Pacific churches to empower women and make change ...

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Boundary Riding – Church and Community

Congregational partnerships with UnitingCare are opening opportunities to meet needs and to be known as good news people. To share in relationships and purposes of service brings life to struggling communities, to individuals and families. In this edition of Journey I highlight what began with a contact, which grew into a connection, which is helping to build community between two ...

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Mission Control: Discern

Over the course of 2019, I want to unpack a simple mission framework in this column. The framework is represented by four words: Know, Notice, Discern, Act. Having begun with exploring the “Know” and “Notice”, let’s move on this issue to consider the third: Discern. I love the notion of wondering. Wondering what’s going on in the world we live ...

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Fundraising notes and news

Journey jacket Our readers must have all seen the recent dust jacket or wrap-around cover enclosing the Winter edition of Journey—a unique way to launch the Queensland Synod’s Presbytery Mission Program. This jacket is a key takeaway long after the magazine is read, to get a sense of the body of mission that we wish to make possible via our ...

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Postcards from the past

It is a live question to consider whether, for the first time in a long time, western Christians might be facing sufficient opposition from the prevailing culture that the first signs of “persecution” are appearing. Political correctness, for all the benefits and corrections it brings, is increasingly limiting Christian speech and action. A nurse in Britain is sacked for offering ...

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Relationships the key to church planting

James O’Callaghan explores a shift in the focus of mission for church plants. In the past, the first step to having a presence in an emerging community was to purchase a block of land and start building a church. That focus is steadily shifting with a realisation that relationships—rather than physical presence—are at the core of mission. Of the four ...

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Can a scientist believe in miracles?

“The 19th century is the last time when it was possible for an educated person to admit to believing in miracles like the virgin birth without embarrassment.” While the dismissiveness of Richard Dawkins’ remark in his well-known work The God Delusion is characteristic of New Atheist thought specifically, it reveals a more widespread view that a belief in miracles is ...

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