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Formula for fun at Redlands day camp

Hunter with camp director Jenny Cameron-Smith. Photo: Holly Jewell

After 40 years of running day camps, it’s clear that the folk at Redlands Uniting churches just love going bush. Journey ventured down the dirt roads of a campsite south of Brisbane to find out why everyone keeps coming back. It’s easy to see the attraction of the Karingal Scout Campsite at Mt Cotton, the site of the Redlands day ...

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Think local, connect to the global

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

There was an old bumper sticker that said, “Think global, act local”. Our faith speaks about the great universal themes of creation, of reconciliation, of salvation. The Uniting Church, particularly, is energised by the large and broad issues that humanity and the nation are facing—anthropogenic climate change, the global refugee crisis, the world economic order. Yet for many of us, ...

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Revisiting seven heavenly virtues

Seven heavenly virtues

What’s so bad about being good? Journey examines the traditional list of seven heavenly virtues, and how they might continue to guard our hearts from the perils of the contemporary age. Chastity With almost 80 per cent of couples living together before marriage, this is one virtue that contemporary western Christians can find awkward. Let’s reclaim the virtue of the ...

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Letters November 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

That’s us in the corner? The title of the secular band R.E.M.’s 1991 hit single “Losing my religion” was supposedly taken from a southern United States expression meaning “At my wit’s end”, as if things were going so bad you could lose your faith in God. So what has this to do with Rev David Baker’s statement that Australia has ...

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What do you make of Halloween?

Halloween pumpkins

It might be quickly catching on as an Australian calendar fixture synonymous with horror-themed costumes and teeth-rotting lollies but what should Christians make of Halloween? Rev David MacGregor examines the history behind the commercialism and the practice of “trick or treat”. What do you make of Halloween each year? I’ve long wondered that. Halloween is of course huge business in ...

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Bridging the Gap with Sri Lanka

Members of The Gap Uniting Church recently completed a challenging trek through Sri Lanka. Photo: Supplied

Members of The Gap Uniting Church recently completed a challenging trek through Sri Lanka to raise money to support children with disability. Joanne Allen-Keeling shares her account of the adventure and how UnitingWorld are shaping lives and communities abroad for the better. On 21 September 2016, the Bridge The Gap team set off for Sri Lanka to visit the projects ...

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What if every church … formed faith at home?

What if every church formed faith at home? Photo: Supplied

In this month’s exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt explores faith on the home front and how families can practice and express their faith outside a church setting. So the evidence seems pretty strong, and multiple studies suggest the same thing: children and young people learn faith best at home. What happens in the family context is the biggest ...

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Book review: Beyond Matter

Beyond Matter. Photo: Supplied

Science may not hold all the answers about the universe and ourselves but does it need metaphysics and philosophy? Roger Trigg’s Beyond Matter grapples with science, scientism and metaphysics while examining the big questions around purpose and design. Nick Mattiske reviews. Science has shaped our modern world, therefore our atheist friends tend to think it can explain everything, eliminating the ...

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A response to Scott Guyatt’s call to embrace the arts

A photograph from Judith Parrott's "Grounded" exhibition. Photo: Judith Parrot

After Scott Guyatt recently wrote about the potential benefits to churches if they embrace the full spectrum of the arts, Rev Graham Dempster responds with how an encounter with the work of Queensland artist Judith Parrott shaped his perspective on community and faith. Bravo, Scott Guyatt: your article in The Scoop is most timely. Creativity and use of our imaginations ...

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Iven Hewett: fit for purpose

Iven prepares for competition at the Australian National Powerlifting Championships by dusting his hands with chalk. Photo by Peter Hewett.

Journey talks with Iven about his faith, his lifelong journey with maintaining fitness and what advice he has for others keen to stay active and healthy. While some people entering retirement may be keen to embark on a leisurely cruise or simply put their feet up, Iven Hewett is still going strong. Literally. The 70-year-old retired Chinchilla Uniting Church pastor ...

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