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Uniting churches asked to observe Day of Mourning

Uniting Church congregations are being asked to hold worship services in January reflecting on Australia’s First Peoples. Past President of the Uniting Church in Australia and Assembly Consultant for Covenanting Stuart McMillan explains why. The observance of a Day of Mourning was endorsed by the 15th Assembly in 2018 at the request of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander ...

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Another way of being human in the world

This International Day of Persons with Disability, Sue Hutchinson, the Queensland Synod’s Research and Policy Officer, spoke with Eileen Glass, of the L’Arche Community in Australia, about life in L’Arche and the new movie being released in 2019. When Eileen Glass walks into a L’Arche household anywhere in the world, she feels like she’s at home. Eileen is an Australian ...

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Where to with the wisdom we wove?

Reflections on UnitingWomen 2018 by Jenny Prior I started a new hobby this year. It happened quite spontaneously. Wandering along market stalls, I paused to watch a lady weaving a string bag with plant fibres. “Would you like to make a string bag?” she asked. “We will be making these at our next workshop. Leave your email and I will ...

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Upheaval

One man’s permanent departure from a congregation over theological differences in marriage got Liz Schneidewin thinking about faith, change and the power of words to inflict deep hurt. Yesterday, a man who I had never met left the church. I was sitting with my cherished friends, chatting comfortably about which stall I would man for the upcoming Christmas markets when ...

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Tracing our history through word and land 

LP Hartley once wrote, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” We are still unravelling the mysteries of the earth’s history and are increasingly working out through geology and other studies just how differently things were done in relation to the planet’s health. Nick Mattiske considers our history in the context of two recent books dealing with the subject.   ...

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Our Father Who Art “Up there”

After encountering online a dilemma from a faithful Christian about finding God, Rodney Eivers explores our perceptions about the Lord and how biblical translations can impact our understanding.  “God” had a big press in Australia in mid-September! This came about from the headline news that Bill Hayden, former Governor-General and a proclaimed atheist, had returned to Roman Catholicism. It has made many ...

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Jesus’ role in the “devil’s music”

It’s one of the most popular music genres today but rock music has traditionally had a complicated relationship with Christianity. Nick Mattiske reviews a pair of recent books on the topic to explore the intersections between music, race, religion and politics. In the early 1990s Christian music superstar Amy Grant was the subject of controversy for her “crossover” into mainstream ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 August

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

Well, what a week in the federal parliament! Yet the underlying issues of how the two large political parties function and fulfil their purpose has been a renewed issue for about ten years. The ALP historically managed this by a formal factional structure; the Liberals and Nationals by more informal means. They are both a manifestation of a more recent ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 28 August 2018

What’s coming up Start a conversation  This World Suicide Prevention Day, Monday 10 September, people all around the world will be talking about suicide prevention. So, this is a day to start a conversation that matters! Did you know that eight Australians die every day and 65,000 consider taking their lives each year? So, what more can we do? Check ...

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A time to plant

I recently had the opportunity to join people from around the country at a Uniting Leaders event featuring Bishop Ric Thorpe (Church of England) and exploring the topic of church planting. The story Ric shared throughout the day was one of the London Anglican Diocese setting an ambitious goal of planting 100 new churches over a five year period. They’re ...

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