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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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Klaxons sound at War Room’s success

Priscilla C Shirer stars in Alex Kendrick's surprise hit, War Room

War Room is terrible. There’s no getting around it. It’s a turgid, artless film with an unusually simplistic approach to prayer and a staggeringly problematic slant on abusive relationships. It’s also wildly popular. War Room is the latest in a string of films by the Kendrick brothers, who have a talent for making movies panned by critics but lauded by ...

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What is the Christian response to trauma?

Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Su ering and the Search for What Saves Us. Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker Beacon Press, 2001, $24 RRP.

Rebecca, an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and a seminary president and Rita, a theologian and researcher, explore through their own individual experiences, deep and difficult theological perspectives and teachings of Western Christianity in relation to issues of family violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, racism, addiction, homophobia and post-traumatic disorders. The detailed analysis of their life experiences ...

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It’s OK to be sad

Joy (left) and Sadness (right) in the 2015 animation feature Inside Out. Photo by Disney Pixar.

SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains spoilers for the Disney Pixar animation Inside Out. Disney Pixar’s latest animation feature Inside Out offers purpose to all personified emotions, addressing the guilt and shame of Sadness. Ashley Thompson writes. Critically acclaimed for offering a “strikingly intricate and satisfying conceptualisation of a pre-teen’s psyche”, Director Pete Docter’s candy-coloured visual bonanza Inside Out explores ...

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When the pope calls state to account

Pope Francis waving to a crowd. Photo by Aleteia Image Department.

The latest encyclical to come from the Vatican has sparked a lot of commentary in both religious and mainstream press. Dr John Harrison examines what Laudato si means for Australian Protestants. Christians outside the Roman Catholic tradition are watching with interest the debate among Catholics about the most recent papal encyclical. The issue under debate is not climate change, but ...

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