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When the crisis hit, our churches were there to help

Our Journey snapshot brings together stories of how local churches responded to the unprecedented flooding in North Queensland in February. The tropical north is no stranger to rain, but the devastation caused in North Queensland by the deluge early this year caught everyone by surprise. Local Uniting Church congregations, working hand-in-hand with council and local government and backed by the ...

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Stories with soul: Meeting Meredith Lake

Dr Kerrie Handasyde, adjunct lecturer at Pilgrim Theological College, talks to ABC presenter Dr Meredith Lake about her award-winning history of the Bible in Australia and the upcoming Uniting Church National History Conference. Meredith Lake knows how to tell a story with soul. She’s the presenter of Soul Search on Radio National, the award-winning author of The Bible in Australia: ...

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Out here, community is everything

Pastor Chris Guise, the new bush chaplain for the Kennedy Remote Area, writes about his first experiences in the role. The Kennedy Patrol, established by Frontier Services in conjunction with the North Queensland Presbytery, covers the areas encompassing the Cape York Peninsula, the eastern Gulf Savannah and the Northern Goldfield regions. As I travel the roads in the Gulf Savannah ...

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The open road is calling

Pastor Cain Hartigan describes his first few weeks as the new bush chaplain for the Cunnamulla, Burke and Wills Patrol, run by The Downs Presbytery in partnership with Frontier Services. The patrol covers 450 000 square kilometres in southwest Queensland, with the eastern boundary from Mt Tabor to Bollon, extending west to Bedourie and south to Cameron Corner. The boxes ...

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And the Beat(itudes) go on …

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I’m still ruminating on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–12) and feeling called back to them again and again. I was reflecting on them at Kings College’s Commemoration Service last month. Matthew certainly draws a picture of Jesus as the new Moses, the new law-giver for a new community, and what we have come to call the beatitudes are the opening statements ...

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Crossing the cultural divide

Rev David J Hawke explores cross-cultural mission in the 21st century by looking to historical figures and how they humbly and respectfully interacted with those yet to hear the gospel message. Our world view affects us in the same way our autonomous body functions work: silently and unnoticeably. Defining our world view is hard. It is not until we encounter ...

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Book review: “Haunted by Christ” & “The Year of our Lord 1943”

Nick Mattiske reviews two new books (by Richard Harries and Alan Jacobs) featuring acclaimed writers W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot, primarily for their work in thinking about the role of writers and artists in speaking into modernity about the deeper questions. Harries writes from within Christianity, as it were, but the various writers he discusses in the chapters of Haunted ...

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34th Synod in Session: Norman and Mary Millar Lecture

The challenge to form unconventional alliances, collaborate across boundaries and embrace our responsibilities as active citizens formed the heart of a compelling 2019 Norman and Mary Millar Lecture from Professor Anne Tiernan as the 34th Synod continued last night. Scott Guyatt reports.  Offering her thoughts against the backdrop of a Federal Election count and drawing out careful analysis of the Australian political ...

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Confessions in the wake of tragedy

In the days following the horrendous events in the two mosques of Christchurch I have struggled to make sense of my internal responses. I have visited Christchurch before and after the earthquake and felt for the people who are trying to re-build their city on shaky ground. There was the immediate feeling of empathy and horror that several hundred people ...

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Retired Uniting Church ministers confront politicians over slashed incomes

Two retired Uniting Church ministers are taking up the cause of more than 1000 ministers and spouses whose retirement incomes were slashed by aged pension changes in January 2016. Journey reports. The federal policy change affected the treatment of income in defined benefit superannuation schemes. National Assembly estimated in December 2016 that more than 80 per cent of retired members ...

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