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Breaking the silence

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo play a team of Boston Globe reporters. Photo by Kerry Hayes and Open Road Films.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice something everyone else doesn’t want to see. It’s one of the curiosities of human behaviour; different people, given the same information, in the same context, will interpret that information completely differently. Setting aside one’s preconceptions and reporting a story with fairness and accuracy is the core challenge of journalism. Done right, it’s a ...

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Five ways to care for your minister

Minister graphic by Holly Jewell.

Ministry is a hard gig, and it’s becoming more and more complex. Human resource consultants Meryem and Greg Brown suggest five ways that congregations can ease the daily burden. Behave Many ministers spend a lot more time than they should sorting out personality issues and resolving petty conflicts. We call our ministers to train and teach and equip us. Let ...

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Making peace starts at home

Cover of Blessed and Called to be a Blessing: Muslim-Christian Couples Sharing a Life Together by Helen Richmond. Photo by Regnum books 2015.

When Michelle and Yusef chose to embark on life together as a married couple, some things were sure to become a little complicated. For Michelle, an Australian-born Christian, and Yusef, a Muslim, one of their first experiences of balancing two different religious traditions was deciding how they would get married. And more specifically, who would conduct the service. Uniting Church ...

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Everald: Larger than life

Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton. Photo taken by Journey.

As one of Australia’s largest providers of aged care services, the Uniting Church has a huge investment in ageing … and rightly so, given our demographic profile. John Harrison talks to an 84-year-old Uniting Church elder out to make a difference. His febrile Twitter handle says it all: @EVERALDATLARGE. At 84 years of age, Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton ...

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Making more mission possible

Moreton Bay College student Caitlin Ramsay and Clayfield College student Helen Watson. Photos were supplied.

A Uniting Church Foundation program supporting Year 10 Indigenous students to fulfil their educational potential is going from strength to strength. Journey reports. Two more Indigenous students have been helped to pursue their vocational goals, thanks to a second round of grants from the Uniting Church Foundation’s $10 for 10 Appeal. The Indigenous Learning Pathways project was launched in 2014 ...

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Rebuilding shattered lives in Fiji

A pastoral service on 20 March at Broadwater Road Uniting Church in Brisbane for those affected by Cyclone Winston. Photo taken by David Busch.

Fijian-Australians and Uniting Church congregations across Queensland have opened their hearts to communities in cyclone-devastated Fiji. Journey reports. Fijian-Australians could only watch and wait over the weekend of 20 February as news filtered through about the impact of Fiji’s worst cyclone. Particularly hard-hit by Cyclone Winston were the north and north western coast of Viti Levu, the south coast of ...

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Counting the cost of disaster

Longreach minister Rev Jenny Coombes. Photo was supplied.

Longreach minister Rev Jenny Coombes provides insight into how we can care for people in times of disaster. One of the greatest stressors in my life at present is having to smile and say “thank you very much” to people who bring goods into the area—toys, pamper packs, food hampers, hay and so on—then deal with businesses who stock these ...

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Pioneers for God

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

“Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12 “Pioneer” is a bit of an ambivalent descriptor these days. As a nation, we still have not come to terms with the British Empire’s arrival, even though the intent at first was probably just to find a place to dump cast-offs from society and develop a base to ...

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Letters April 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Well done, Margaret Referring to your article in February Journey regarding 2016 Australia Day Awards recipients, I would like to advise that Mrs Margaret Buchanan was awarded the Ipswich City Council Senior Citizen Award for 2016. Margaret has been a church member since 1951. She has been involved with music programs for residents at Lauriston Nursing Centre from 1972, firstly ...

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Five ways to invite someone to church

Friendly person sticking their head out of a door. Graphic: Holly Jewell

While our primary focus should be to take the gospel message outside of these four walls, Easter presents an opportunity to welcome newcomers to church. We asked a Uniting Church teenager for some suggestions about how to invite someone to be part of the church. Show them hospitality What’s the adult equivalent of a sleepover? Do that! Invite your friend or ...

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