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Book launch draws together Trinity ties

Rev Dr David Mackay-Rankin (left) and Rev Dr Geoff Thompson attend Rev Dr Thompson's book launch. Photo: Supplied

A book launch for Rev Dr Geoff Thompson’s exploration of the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, brought together two former principals of Trinity Theological College. Matt Gees reports. Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson was launched by the former principal and academic dean of Trinity Theological College ...

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Observing the heavenly in humans

© 1987 Road Movies GmbH / Argos Films S.A. Bruno Ganz contemplates the angelic life. Photo: Madman Entertainment

Emerging as one of the key voices from the 70s New German Cinema movement, Wim Wenders is an icon of global arthouse cinema with an enviable track record that includes multiple Academy Award nominations, the coveted Palme d’Or for best film at the Cannes film festival, the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and lifetime achievement awards at the ...

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The Trial of a Country Donkey: Au Hasard Balthazar

Anne Wiazemsky. Photo: Supplied.

Noted for his austere formal style and unique approach to performance, French filmmaker Robert Bresson is globally celebrated as a master of the cinematic arts. He has inspired generations of filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, the Dardenne brothers and Lars von Trier, and renowned screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) stated he was the “most important spiritual artist living—a spiritual ...

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Breaking the silence

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo play a team of Boston Globe reporters. Photo by Kerry Hayes and Open Road Films.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice something everyone else doesn’t want to see. It’s one of the curiosities of human behaviour; different people, given the same information, in the same context, will interpret that information completely differently. Setting aside one’s preconceptions and reporting a story with fairness and accuracy is the core challenge of journalism. Done right, it’s a ...

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Making peace starts at home

Cover of Blessed and Called to be a Blessing: Muslim-Christian Couples Sharing a Life Together by Helen Richmond. Photo by Regnum books 2015.

When Michelle and Yusef chose to embark on life together as a married couple, some things were sure to become a little complicated. For Michelle, an Australian-born Christian, and Yusef, a Muslim, one of their first experiences of balancing two different religious traditions was deciding how they would get married. And more specifically, who would conduct the service. Uniting Church ...

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Power without glory

The Anonymous Leader: An Unambitious Pursuit of Influence (cover). Author: Ralph Mayhew (2015). RRP: $24.99

Leadership, it seems, is the new black. Whether in politics, sport, culture or the church, one need not scratch very deep to find a view that leadership is either the cause or the solution to whatever challenge faces the particular organisation. There are many writers on the topic, and many theories about how leadership works, what it looks like, and ...

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The Force awakens secular spirituality

Still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Star Wars juggernaut is back, crushing all other box office contenders in its path, and much to the relief of fans, this one is pretty good. From the very beginning The Force Awakens echoes the original trilogy in tone, theme, and even plot. That’s not a bad thing; as one generation of devotees overdoses on nostalgia, another discovers the ...

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Candles burn for Paris

Three candles resembling the French tricolour

Alan Austin is a Uniting Church member and former Crosslight journalist who lives in Nîmes in the south of France. He shares his reflections on the impact of terror in his adopted homeland. The message was rapidly shared among neighbours in our small village near Nîmes: we will place a candle—une bougie—in our window tonight to show notre solidarité. At ...

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Review: Global Leadership Summit

Newlife's band led Global Leadership Summit worship

Bruce Mullan attended the Global Leadership Summit and came away surprised and impressed. From the moment you were greeted in the car park of Newlife Robina Uniting Church it was clear that this event was going to be something special. A team of over 40 volunteers welcomed 250 people to hear video presentations from experts in leadership training and church ...

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Theology: hard rewarding work

Stanley Hauerwas the work of theology

Stanley Hauerwas talks about himself a lot, and this may confirm for some that he has bought into the hype that has him labelled as “America’s best theologian”. Quite the opposite! Because he is a prominent theologian, he has attracted his share of criticism and comment, and therefore much of Hauerwas’s writing is defensive. He requalifies, elaborates, apologises, restates, argues ...

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