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Sharing the gift of faith

The Year of Living the Gospel.

University chaplain and evangelism trainer Rev Dr Ian Robinson reminds us that evangelism is about demonstrating a real faith in a real God in the real world. Jesus was loved by the people for the way he evangelised. In faith-sharing, we offer seven beautiful gifts to another person. Time The single most precious gift we can give is the time ...

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Travelling north

Uniting Church President-elect Stuart McMillan at Darwin warf

From 12 July Stuart McMillan will become president of the Uniting Church—only the third lay person to ever hold the position. Matt Pulford writes. Stuart McMillan says he had a really good first week working for the Uniting Church in the Northern Territory. But the way that week started wasn’t promising. Six weeks after being interviewed in Sydney for an ...

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Listen and learn

"I can't put my finger on it, Doug, but for some reason I find it easier to share my faith with you than with Ted and Tony...."

For about a year, when I was a young bloke, a mate and I used to go to King George Square once a week on a Tuesday, walk up to people having their lunch break, and ask them, “If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?”  This was seen in my circles at the time to be ...

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Letters June 2015

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Why change? I agree with all the letters in the May issue of Journey. There is nothing to talk about, God’s word is clear. He made Eve. No I am not narrow-minded, these gay people have been around since the year dot but it was always kept quiet. Why should we change ways for them? All the publicity they get ...

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They’re new, what do we do?

Feeling at home in church. A cartoon by Phil Day.

For a community of faith to grow, it needs to make room for people who have never been to church before. Rev David MacGregor explores a variety of ways newcomers can feel at home in a new place. In our worshipping communities we struggle to make inclusion real in our life together, especially with those who have never previously belonged ...

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Unfreeze the past, create the future

The Year of Living the Gospel.

Past success shouldn’t rule out innovation in the future. North Queensland Presbytery minister Rev Garry Hardingham encourages the Uniting Church to continue to be a pioneer in faith and service. One of the problems of viewing the world through a rear-view mirror is not being able to focus on what’s in front of you. In April, my fellow ex-flying patrol ...

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Wrestling with angels

Rev David Baker. Photo by Dianne Jensen.

The last two editions of Journey have elicited comment regarding the May edition cover, and articles and letters about same-gender marriage, homosexual orientation and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Uniting Church, through its Basis of Union, commits itself to be a church open to the world, in the light of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ, as attested ...

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Overwhelming “yes” if Recognise vote were held today

Recognise campaigners. Photo by Deadly Vibe.

If a referendum vote were held today, 75 per cent of all Australians (including two in three Coalition voters) would vote yes to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nation’s Constitution. Undertaken by Polity Research for the Recognise movement in March, the research demonstrates strong backing for this change—both in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and ...

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UnitingCare Health nurses’ donated Kiwi Cup saves life

UnitingCare Health nurse, Trish Woods with the newborn baby. Photo was supplied.

The 2015 UnitingCare Health Helena Goldie Project team recently returned from the first of two visits they will make to the Solomon Islands this year. Rev Helen Dick, director of mission and Helena Goldie Project leader, recounted it as a great trip with beautiful weather and wonderful people. “As usual the team worked really hard and made great relationships with the ...

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Free to be different

The Year of Living the Gospel.

We often talk about God and our souls, but what about our bodies? Dr Janice McRandal explores how God’s threeness subverts our expectations of the world and frees us to be different. In the world of contemporary theology, there seems no riskier notion than that of the body—what we do with our bodies and how we identity with them. It’s ...

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