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How are we different?

Caught with a bad case of the jitters after the July 7th bomb blasts in London and the not forgotten September 11th, Australian authorities are contemplating the use of racial profiling as a strategy to deal with terrorism. Racism has its foundations in the belief  human beings belong to different races which can be differentiated by culture, ethnicity, skin-colour, national ...

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Curing racism starts closer to home

When it comes to attitudes to Aboriginal people non-indigenous Australians seem to have a massive blind-spot. Despite legitimate debate in the History Wars precipitated by Keith Windschuttle’s controversial writings one wonders whether the real reason in his denying the validity of Aboriginal oral history and missionary advocates on their behalf is so we can avoid seeing or hearing the evils ...

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Humbled and intrigued by Indian experience

Ten Uniting Church members were thrown into a melting pot of faiths, cultures and languages during a a cross-cultural adventure northern India in June/July. As guests of the Church of North India (CNI), a partner church of the UCA, the trip enabled participants to experience the mission and ministry of the CNI in Kashmir, an area claimed by both India ...

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Surfing the state for stories of justice

The result of years of work, Making Waves: Dreaming Justice Today has been released as three publications: the Making Waves book, a companion study guide and resources for worship. From Warwick to Thursday Island the book contains fifteen stories from every region in the state about ways people are involved in social justice. There are stories from an inner city ...

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The road to recovery

Independence in East Timor was a long time coming. Forgiveness and restoration may be an even longer road, but as this small country navigates the way, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for those involved and for those watching. Agustinho de Vasconselos is a minister in the Protestant Church in East Timor and a member of the Commission for Reception, ...

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Journey asks Sandy Huang of her experience of racial prejudice

I come from a Taiwanese family and when I was a teenager, my family decided to immigrate to Australia. I was excited when we arrived as everything was new: new country, new neighbours, new houses, new friends… and new schools. I started attending a high school near home hoping to make more new friends but things do not always go ...

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Offerings to God

"Offering"’ means to most Christians, "the collection". Gifts of money during public worship. These vary between a tithe and a tip. The amount isn’t a true measure. A widow at the Temple giving all, and Dives, the rich man in hell, are part of the reckoning. Suburban churches have changed. Sunday morning choir and Sunday evening worship – these have ...

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Reflections on

Introduction Contentious issues arising from Assembly Resolution 84 are not confined to biblical, theological and ethical domains. The UCA publication – Sexuality and Leadership in the Uniting Church – contains a range of thoughtful searching material which should not be minimized or downplayed. However, I am aware of a dimension to the debate which, so far as I can tell, ...

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