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Prison break: unlocking hope amidst Indigenous incarceration

Prison door with Christian cross. Graphic created by Holly Jewell.

The alarming incarceration rate of First Peoples highlights the long and painful path towards reconciliation and justice for many Australians. Journey explores the issue and speaks to the prison chaplains on the frontline. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may have recently declared the incarceration rates of young Indigenous people a “top priority” in light of alarming revelations of prisoner abuse in ...

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Five faith-themed classics to celebrate International Literacy Day

Wind flipping through a book's pages.

International Literacy Day (8 September) raises awareness of the vital role literacy plays in achieving global development and social justice. From finding employment to understanding health information, literacy skills are the keys to unlocking a better future. To get people thinking about the written word and the enjoyment reading can bring, Trinity Theological Library has put together a list of ...

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Trinity sharpens future focus

Image of man studying the Bible with Trinity College Queensland logo overlain on top. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Trinity College Queensland’s new strategic model reflects a fresh direction in leadership training in the Queensland Synod. Journey reports. Against the backdrop of a constantly evolving, competitive tertiary education sector, Trinity College Queensland has unveiled its Future Ministry Model for providing lay education and chaplaincy training. The initiative has been approved by the Board for Christian Formation (BCF) and endorsed by ...

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Mission-Ready (or not)

Author Rev Dr Andrew Dutney. Photo by the Uniting Church in Australia, National Assembly.

The Basis of Union may have been completed in the late sixties but it provides an ongoing instrument of renewal and encouragement. Rev Dr Andrew Dutney reflects on the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document’s past and what it offers us in the present. It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Basis of Union. But I also realise that it ...

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Facing the fundamentals of fatherhood

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

Generally, in Australia anyhow, Father’s Day seems more important to automotive goods stores and Harvey Norman than anyone else. And fathers don’t seem too upset about that. A pat on the back, and a “Thanks, Dad” is enough for most; we’re mainly low-key about fathers. In a lot of television sit-coms since the 1960s they’ve pretty much played the standard ...

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Letters September 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Fundamentalism and progressivism Last month’s Journey made me thankful for my Trinity Theological education once again. Lecturers like Rev Dr Geoff Thompson helped us navigate the extremes of Christianity exemplified by Ken Ham (fundamentalism) and Val Webb (progressivism). Both positions are responding to the same perceived problem. Both make the same mistake. Both bow to the idol of the enlightenment—science—mistakenly ...

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What if every church … had a playground?

What if every church had a playground? Photo: Supplied

In the first edition of an ongoing exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt explores the possibilities of what could happen if every church embraced a particular concept or innovation. This month: the kids’ playground. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16) The ...

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Book review: Built for Change

"Built For Change" by Rev Dr Steve Taylor. Photo: Supplied

Rev Dr Steve Taylor’s latest book explores the practical theology of innovation with a focus on collaboration and leadership. Rev Peter Armstrong reviews. What better place to read Rev Dr Steve Taylor’s latest book Built for Change than at a Downhill Mountain Bike Competition. Over the last five to ten years DHing (aka “downhilling”) has been a significant innovation from ...

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Stronger support for families? Yes, we can!

Bob and members of the Redcliffe Uniting Church and UnitingCare Community come together to help build stronger families in the community. Photo was supplied.

A partnership launch between UnitingCare Community and Redcliffe Uniting Church brought a children’s favourite to town. Journey reports on the event and what’s in store for the community’s families. Bob the Builder, the beloved children’s television icon, recently came to Redcliffe to help launch the Building Strong Families partnership-program between UnitingCare Community and Redcliffe Uniting Church. The event attracted hundreds ...

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Discipleship moves in to the third dimension

A 3DM Learning Community participant sharing her church’s plan with other participants for feedback and encouragement. Photo was supplied.

3D Movements (3DM) is gaining traction in Australia, and an upcoming workshop introducing it to Queenslanders will put further focus on discipleship in the church, one of the 32nd Synod’s strategic priorities. Journey reports. Originally devised in the United Kingdom by St Thomas’ Church, the 3DM approach emphasises discipleship and mission to everyday people through the prism of the two ...

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