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Women given a springboard for employment

(L—R) Geoff Batkin, Anne Cross, Judy Wollin, Senator Michaelia Cash and Trevor Evans. Photo was supplied.

A new employment project developed by UnitingCare Australia in partnership with the Australian government is helping women enter the job market and early trials by UnitingCare look promising. Amy Cobb reports. Wesley Mission Queensland, UnitingCare Queensland and UnitingCare Australia welcomed the recent announcement by Federal Minister for Women and Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash of $10 million for a national rollout ...

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Diversity on show at NYALC

Members of the Uniting Aboriginaland Islander Christian Congress at NYALC 2016. Photo taken by the Uniting Church in Australia, National Assembly.

Over one hundred young adults from across Australia attended the 2016 National Young Adult  Leaders’ Conference (NYALC) where the church’s multicultural identity was on full display. Journey reports. While there’s often talk of ageing within the Uniting Church, NYALC demonstrated that a new generation of culturally-diverse young people is coming through to enrich the identity (and grow the congregations) of ...

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Make Australia Christian again?

Post-God Nation book cover, author is Roy Williams, publisher is ABC Books, released in 2015.

Australia could be reasonably described as a post-Christian nation, and Roy Williams’ Post-God Nation tackles the issue of faith in our current society head-on. Dr James Page reviews. Apologetics is an established theological genre, traditionally involving the defence of Christianity against pagan beliefs.  Roy Williams and his book Post-God Nation stands in this historic tradition, although, in this case, Williams ...

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Revelation: first century speaks to the twenty-first

Rev Dr Neil Sims. Photo was supplied.

Much theological debate centres on the apocalyptic and prophetic Book of Revelation but what can be drawn from it for today’s society? Rev Dr Neil Sims reflects on Revelation, its historical context and the questions it poses for us today. This year, I have begun to lead two small groups in a study of the last book of the Bible, ...

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To everything—turn, turn, turn

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

For anyone interested in the wider world, the windows we have to it each has its own perspectives. In terms of the mass media, the press and TV and radio channels all bring their own proclivities to their choices not only of what we see and hear, but their interpretations of what it means. The narrower, pervasive views that are ...

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Letters August 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Looking at the recent Journey (July 2016 edition) I am concerned at the apparent level of support for ‘feminist’ agendas. I have no problem with women seeking jobs but I wonder whether the headline should have read “Smashing the glass floor”. I feel there is such a pandering to status-seeking in feminist ‘conversation’ which does a disservice to the faith. ...

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Tips for reuniting agencies and congregations

Rev Linda Hamill. Graphic by Holly Jewell.

Following her Unchained session at the 32nd Synod exploring the relationship between congregations and agencies, Rev Linda Hamill outlines some practical ways to strengthen the ties. Relationships can be an emotional minefield for some, blissfully trouble-free for others. In particular many can relate to parents raising a child to be independent and then negotiating the evolving dynamics as the parent-child ...

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Reflecting on women and the Uniting Church

Rev Dr Geraldine Wheeler: a Uniting Church minister in Queensland. Photo was supplied.

Journey’s recent focus on smashing the glass ceiling in the church has forced many to confront how issues of gender, equality and theology coexist in the church. Rev Dr Geraldine Wheeler reflects on her past brushes with prejudice before Queensland inducted its first female moderator in 2011. In the Journey article “Seven ways to smash the glass ceiling” (July 2016 ...

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Film review: Chasing Asylum

Still from the movie Chasing Asylum. Photo by Joel van Houdt/Chasing Asylum.

Chasing Asylum exposes the barbarity and secrecy surrounding the Australian Government’s asylum seeker policies, Sue Hutchinson gives her take on the controversial documentary which is destined to become one of the year’s most talked about films. The federal government has demanded absolute secrecy around the offshore detention of so-called boat people, so Australians have had very little idea of what really ...

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Tarantino’s violence in a world gone mad

Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern in The Hateful Eight. Photo by Roadshow Entertainment.

The Hateful Eight may be an R-rated, hard-to-stomach watch for some Christians, but Dr Janice McRandal offers an alternative perspective on Tarantino’s violence and the film’s defiantly religious framing device. The Hateful Eight is a characteristically antagonizing film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino: intense violence, extreme profanity and uncomfortable truths around race and misogyny assault the viewer for almost ...

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