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Book review: God is Good for You

While Christianity seems to be on the decline in Australian society, there’s no denying its influence in politics with numerous prime ministers (Scott Morrison, John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott for starters) and other politicians belonging to the faith. Notable Australian journalist Greg Sheridan tackles the subject in his latest book God is Good for You which probes the ...

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The art of preaching without words

This issue introduces the new Journey Q & A focusing on Uniting Church artists and photographers. Meet Queensland artist and Uniting Church minister (retired) Rev Dr Geraldine Wheeler BA, BD, MTh, MEd, PhD; one of the founders of the ecumenical artist group Visionaries which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its first exhibition in 2019. Geraldine has maintained an art practice ...

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Mission Control: Know

Over the course of 2019, I want to take the opportunity to unpack a simple mission framework in this column. Conveniently the framework has four parts so that fits nicely into the format for the year. The four parts of this framework are represented by four words: Know, Notice, Discern and Act. If that’s all you need to know … ...

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The heart of giving: welcome to 2019

I hope all our readers had a blessed Christmas season. It is heart-warming to note how Wesley Mission Queensland and UnitingCare Queensland, in partnership with the Uniting Church in Queensland, made it their business to make Christmas a better experience for families in need. The 2018 Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal raised $95 000, supporting more than 7000 families in need ...

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Postcards from the past

In a new quarterly column Simon Gomersall dusts off the history books to consider how our past shapes the present and the future. Postcards from the past will highlight historical moments in the life of the church to help illuminate our own situation which seems fitting given the Christian revelation implores us to remember well. In 325 AD, the Roman ...

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Meeting Christ alive

UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor reports on how the spirit of Christ is alive and well in the life-changing work Queensland congregations are doing to help the people of Timor Leste. Billy Graham famously suggested there is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived. It’s a big claim. I guess he’s talking about ...

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Drought casts a long shadow

Drought is a slow-moving, insidious natural disaster which affects the very heart of community. When the rains finally come, recovery will be only just beginning. Dianne Jensen explores how Uniting Church congregations are stepping up to support their counterparts in the bush. “Well, it’s still brown,” writes Rev Jenny Coombes from Longreach Uniting Church at the heart of Queensland’s drought-stricken ...

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Easter: Hope Starts Here

As the famous quip goes you can be assured of two things in life—death and taxes—and we all recognise that in many ways death signals the end, closure, finito. But as Simon Gomersall argues, the death and resurrection of a thirtysomething man thousands of years ago in the Middle East revolutionised our thinking around death and signalled we should never ...

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Why we mourn

Uniting Church congregations, agencies and schools across Australia observed a Day of Mourning on or around 20 January at the request of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, endorsed by the 15th Assembly in 2018. Journey reports on the service held at Tewantin Uniting Church on the Sunshine Coast. The Murdering Creek massacre at Yandina Station, as depicted in ...

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On a journey of transformation

More than 120 young Uniting Church members from across Australia journeyed to Adelaide in January to deepen their faith and explore their gifts as leaders. Journey reports on NYALC 2019. The occasion was the biennial National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC) whose theme this year was L.E.A.D., standing for Live. Embrace. Act. Disciple. In welcoming the young adults on day ...

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