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Exposure is an opportunity to learn through travel

In his The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, Thomas Moore said, "Travel gives rise to its own kind of spirituality; to a grand appreciation for community, to a passionate love for this earth, and to an urgent longing for transcendence." Uniting International Mission is offering a short term exposure trip to the Philippines Easter 2006 (8-28th April). This trip is part ...

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‘Dummies’ turn to books to seek spiritual knowledge

With titles like "Spirituality For Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jesus", user-friendly books on sacred texts, major religions, meditation, and figures such as Jesus, the Buddha and Pope John Paul II are proving popular in the United States. "Many people in the United States today see spirituality as a tool to be understood and used in life," said ...

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Japanese Catholics mark 500th anniversary of Christian missionary

Roman Catholics in Japan are gearing up to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier, the Catholic missionary who brought Christianity to Japan in 1549. The Nagasaki Archdiocese of the Catholic Church of Japan launched a year of celebrations on 3 December 2005, the feast day of the saint who was born on 7 April 1506. ...

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Uniting Church joins community concern over gambling and alcohol increases in Townsville

Welcome to "Sin City" was the headline in the Townsville Bulletin reporting today on the injection of more than $40 million into poker machines last year. The Bulletin reported that, Townsville punters pumped an average $3.6 million a month into pokies between January and November 2005, compared to $3.1 million a month for the same period in 2004. Uniting Church ...

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A little seasoning

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are closely related. The first seasons of the new church year. A prophet, a few Bethlehem shepherds, and three astrologers from northern Iraq contribute to God’s revelation of himself. More precisely, each points to the universality of Jesus Christ. The signs in the heavens, heralding a King’s birth, was not missed by sheep minders and eastern ...

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Hope through learning for a lost generation

The war is over and the children of Liberia are going back to school.  After 14 years of conflict, teachers and pupils in the poor West African nation face considerable challenges in getting education back on track. Educational programs developed by Mercy Ships are being used in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Education, during the current assignment by volunteer ...

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Queensland Moderator’s Christmas Message

Dear Friends in Christ, We come to celebrate once more the timeless message of Christmas. Sadly, yet again, we are conscious of the conflicts and struggles that divide our world and inflict suffering on so many people. Even here in the “lucky country”, in recent days, the ugly face of prejudice and racism has confronted us with the dark side ...

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Top NRL referee takes on Queenslands top SU job

Australia’s number one whistle blower Tim Mander is set to make the transition from a career with the NRL to blowing the whistle on youth issues. Just months after being named the world’s number one referee and with a bible college degree under his belt Tim Mander will take on the role of CEO for one of Australia’s leading Christian ...

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Born into the ordinary

After the birth of Christ, we need not look to the extraordinary, the spectacular or the miraculous to find God. God is now found where we live in our kitchens, at our tables, in our wounds, and in each other’s faces. That is hard to believe and always has been. When Jesus was on earth, virtually no one believed he ...

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Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

Directed by Christian Carion 2005 Rated M This incredible true story is set in 1914 on Christmas Eve as World War One is raging in Northern France with enemy troops dug into trenches just metres away from each other As the Scots play their bagpipes, Germans tenor Nikolaus Sprink climbs out of the trenches and sings carols for his enemies. ...

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