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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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Being a safe church is everyone’s business

Rev John Cox, inaugural Director of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Safe Church Unit, talks to Journey about his new role. John previously served as Executive Officer of the National Royal Commission Response and Engagement Task Group, the group that guided the Uniting Church’s national response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. What is ...

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100 years of ecumenical cooperation

As the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) celebrates over 100 years of providing education to Queenslanders, the organisation is looking to the future with the release of their strategic plan for 2019 through to 2023. Journey reports. In 1918, several forward-thinking, ecumenically-minded leaders of the then Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church came together to educate young people and ...

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Project Plenty: why the time is right for renewal

Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the importance of the whole-of-church discernment process, Project Plenty. Project Plenty has commenced in earnest as the first consultation sessions are held in presbyteries and church entities across Queensland. These sessions will help us discern how we, as one church, can contribute most effectively to God’s mission in Queensland and ...

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Pioneering deacon celebrates 40 years of loving service

Rev Jan Chalmers, one of the earliest woman ordained in the Uniting Church in Queensland, reflects on 40 years of living out her call to serve the world through the ministry of deacon. I was ordained as a deaconess in the Queensland Synod on 30 November 1979 in the Morningside Uniting Church, Brisbane. With the renewal of the diaconate, I ...

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The ORCA Project continues to grow in the community

Wesley Mission Queensland’s ORCA Project has come a long way since it first started in late February 2018 out of Albany Creek Uniting Church. Originally created with the purpose of helping young people with disabilities enter the workforce, the ORCA (opportunities, readiness, community and abilities) Project has evolved from its humble beginnings into a platform of innovation and entrepreneurism. Stephanie ...

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The church’s position on voluntary assisted dying

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

Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. (NASB Psalm 39:4) Every year there are issues that create dissention in us as a nation. This year they seem to be coming fast and plenty with the election and more recently religious freedom with the Israel Folau ...

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New faces in ministry – Winter 2019

David Paasi Not having grown up in the church, I had a conversion experience 11 years ago while reading the Gospel of John. My ministry is a little bit different to some of the other ministries within the Uniting Church as it is charismatic in nature. Uniting Church frameworks have become more open to charismatic renewal, particularly in healing. My ...

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The art of sharing faith

Meet Uniting Church artist Cees Sliedrecht, who was born and educated in The Netherlands. Cees moved from a career in business management and education about ten years ago to focus on the visual arts, including art tutoring Australia-wide and in Europe. In the beginning I mainly work in watercolour, using a detailed pen drawing as a basis. My style is ...

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