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Author Archives: Journey

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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Listen and learn to why they leave

One of the questions I have received from this column relates to the issue of how an older congregation might go about developing the capacity to meaningfully engage with younger generations. Many Uniting churches have lost generations who now have nothing to do with church. We must take responsibility for this. It hasn’t been intentional, but nor has it happened ...

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One story, many voices

Rev Richard Cassady reflects on the importance of storytelling within Indigenous culture and his own faith journey working as a prison chaplain and an educator. Most recently, Richard led a Walk on Country with members of the Synod Executive Leadership Team, facilitated by Australians Together. Communicating through story and narrative is part and parcel of my people’s DNA. Tell me ...

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Mental health ministry begins at the grassroots

Jane Frazer Cosgrove is a mental health advocate and a Moderator’s Community Service Medal recipient (2014). She is one of the founding members of A Nouwen Network and has been the facilitator since its inception in November 2009. What inspired you to create A Nouwen Network? In 2006 I began advocating for the provision of specific chaplaincy outreach to those ...

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