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Nancy Beach: Going against the tide

Nancy Beach

US pastor and author Nancy Beach has gained international recognition for her ministry work transforming the relationship between the arts and church, and she is set to visit Australia for the Uniting Leaders conference in August. Bindy Taylor meets Nancy to discuss leadership, gender politics and the importance of having fun. Nancy Beach is a self-confessed optimist. This outlook has ...

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Reconnecting with stories that matter

Easter cartoon

Phil Day’s cartoon above highlights the juxtaposition the church in many parts of the west is finding itself in relation to the broader western society. I recently noticed one hotel in Brisbane advertising a family-friendly Easter, with Easter egg hunts, special menus, the whole nine yards. While there are powerful commercial and ideological interests at play now in the Easter ...

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Forgive us our sins

Sin, Jesus, Easter and Atonement

In the 21st century what should Christians make of the concept of “sin”? A long-gone relic or a necessary corrective in a society seduced by moral relativism and the cult of victimhood? Simon Gomersall explores sin, Easter and atonement. It is now conventional to assert that the language and concept of sin is irrelevant in both 21st century Australian society ...

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5 forgotten hymns to raise the rafters

forgotten hymns

Favourite hymn Sunday always brings forth musical gems, some long vanished from our contemporary repertoire. The Journey team has come up with five forgotten hymns whose poetry and melodies continue to inspire. It passes knowledge (Together in Song 230) Written by Mary Shekleton (1827–1883) from Dublin. Mary was an invalid for many years, during which time she wrote several hymns ...

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A prayer for those impacted by Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie

As Cyclone Debbie approaches North Queensland, many are anxiously preparing for what is predicted to be a “monster storm” with potentially destructive rain, flooding and winds exceeding 250 km/hr. Rev Garry Hardingham, North Queensland Presbytery minister, offers words of support and a prayer for those impacted. Today we need to be in prayer for those who are in the path ...

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Six ways to get involved in festivals and other local events

How can your church get involved with a big music festival?

Triple J’s annual all-ages, drug-and-alcohol-free concert One Night Stand will be heading to Mount Isa in Northwest Queensland on 22 April. Each year the free event is hosted by a different regional town, bringing around 10 000 (mostly) young people to town and injecting a lot of money into the local community. But how can churches get involved? Here are ...

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Trusting God when it matters most

The Ellinger family (L–R) Chris, Katherine, Charlie and Stacie. Photo: Supplied

Moving to a foreign country can be a huge step for anyone but it is particularly challenging for those with a young family. In 2014 Chris and Stacie Ellinger took up the challenge by moving to Cambodia with their two children, offering them an opportunity to use their community development skills and work with local Christian organisations. Chris Ellinger reflects ...

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Future shock: creating sustainable church communities

Carolyn Kitto. Photo: Supplied

Carolyn Kitto’s fourteen-month trek around Queensland to take the pulse of presbytery life has produced a wide-ranging report which doesn’t pull any punches about what lies ahead. Journey talks with Carolyn about what she discovered. Uniting Church member and mission consultant Carolyn Kitto doesn’t mind being on the road. Her three-decade career in youth work, Christian education and strategic planning ...

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Behind the Basis: where it all began

The first Uniting Church service in Sydney back in 1977. Photo: Supplied

The Basis of Union is the foundational document that provides the Uniting Church its renewal and encouragement but how much do we really know about its origins and its evolution from the fifties to the seventies? Rev Dr D’Arcy Wood delves deep into the Basis of Union’s past. The early decades of the 20th century saw rapid developments in ecumenical ...

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Letters March 2017

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

To drink or not to drink To drink or not to drink is an individual decision hopefully based on factual information. While the alcohol policy from the 23rd Queensland Synod is admirable, the effect of alcohol in human suffering, family violence, child abuse, neglect and poverty as well as cost to industry and the community must be highlighted.  I do ...

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