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In the beginning: Unlocking the secrets of human development

“We really need to wrestle with how we engage with and understand human suffering.” Stem cell biologist Dr Nathan Palpant talks to Dianne Jensen about the nexus between Christian faith and his cutting-edge research using human stem cells to understand disease and develop new therapies. Most of us never forget that first look through the microscope at a pin prick ...

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Making a big statement

While the Basis of Union is the foundational document of the Uniting Church, another key text from 1977—the Statement to the Nation—provided a vision for how the newly formed church would respond to the Australian society in which it belonged. Rev Dr John Squires, director of education and formation at the Western Australian Synod, explores the 1977 statement and its ...

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Book review: Dear Life

Karen Hitchcock’s Dear Life is a compelling and troubling exploration of Australia’s ageism problem and how our society must deal with issues around end-of-life care and the complex needs of an ageing population. Nick Mattiske reviews. In the Bible and in traditional cultures there is a reverence for the wisdom that old age brings, but in our society increasing numbers ...

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The Big Questions: “Converting the heathen”

Duncan Barlow. Photo: Supplied

It may have been a common phrase in days gone by but talk of “converting the heathen” is now loaded with problematic connotations in a world scarred by western cultural hegemony and interfaith insensitivity. Who is left to convert today and should we be active in that mission? Duncan Barlow, pastor at Toowong Uniting Church who served in Indonesia for ...

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A new dawn arises

Young leaders at the recent Next Gen Arise gathering at Kangaroo Point Uniting Church. (Right) Noah Kim, Next Gen Arise project officer. Photo: Supplied

As the Uniting Church celebrates its 40th birthday the question of who will lead the church in the decades ahead has become increasingly urgent. Journey reports on the Next Gen Arise initiative, which may just hold the answer. It’s Saturday afternoon at Kangaroo Point Uniting Church, and inside the talk is of faith and leadership as Mike Hands from Newlife ...

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The Referendum and today’s reality

Brooke Prentis. Photo: Supplied

On 27 May 1967, Australia approved two amendments to the Constitution relating to the ability of the Federal Parliament to legislate specifically for Indigenous Australians and for their inclusion in determinations of population. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, Brooke Prentis reflects on the historic occasion and what it means for First Peoples today. The 50th anniversary of ...

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Grace in troubled times

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

In the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple of encounters that once again reminded me of the grace that surrounds us and how that grace can play out in our lives. I was reflecting with a minister on a congregation he was in that was tremendously generous in many ways. When he asked one lay leader why he was ...

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Letters May 2017

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Forgotten or neglected? I noted with interest your heading “5 Forgotten hymns” on page 18 of the April edition of Journey. I believe that the heading should have been “5 Neglected hymns”. A hymn which should have been included is “Low in the grave He lay” (Methodist Hymn Book 211). My opinion is that no Easter celebration without this hymn ...

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7 ways to preserve your church history

Your church archives may be filled with priceless historical documents and photos but preserving them for future generations is a serious challenge. Journey offers seven tips for ensuring your memories don’t disappear. Seek out treasure Locate historical material onsite and ask members to search through their collections for photos, scrapbooks and so on. The Synod Congregation Document Preservation Policy spells ...

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Heartbreak and hope for crisis weary communities

Port Curtis, Rockhampton April 2017. Photo: Neil Richardson, Quantity Surveyor

While the massive clean-up after Cyclone Debbie and the associated record-breaking floods is well underway, it will take some months to count the real cost to the community. Journey reports on how the Uniting Church is supporting those impacted into the future. Farmers, business owners and householders in north and central Queensland and northern New South Wales are still reeling ...

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