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Oil and Water: Two Faiths: One God

Published by CopperHouse CanadaRRP $34-95 Amir Hussain is Associate Professor who teaches World Religions writing for “people who want to learn more about Islam and Muslims, particularly as they relate to Christians and Christianity.” He feels that if we are to survive in the 21st Century we must learn to live together and understand our great spiritual traditions. Oil and ...

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A clearing season: reflections for Lent

Upper Room Books RRP $20.45 from MediaCom I recommend Sarah Parsons’ book A clearing season: reflections for Lent for all those wanting to be refreshed in their faith this Easter. I did not do it justice by skim reading it in a week. I look forward to Lent when I will revisit the book and read it as it is ...

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Parables and Passion

Upper Room Books RRP$22.25 from MediaCom The Uniting Church Basis of Union affirms that we belong to the people of God on the way to the promised end. While a pastor of the United Church of Christ USA, John Indermark’s God-given gifts of insight and communication will prove to be invaluable to us as we journey on the way. In ...

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Starter for Ten

Hodder & Stoughton, 2003Paperback $21.00 David Nicholls’s first novel, Starter for Ten, has recently been made into a movie starring James McAvoy (who played "Mr Tumnus" in the Narnia film). The book is a good-natured British romantic comedy narrated by Brian Jackson, a first-year English Literature student, who has ambitions to be on the cult TV Quiz Show "University Challenge" ...

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Documentary FilmRated PG Did you know that 100 years ago there were more electric cars on the road than there are today? What surprised me was that there were any electric cars on the road 100 years ago. What surprised me even more was to realise this is not ‘pie-in-the-sky’ technology. The film argues that these clean, green, and economic ...

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Acting on Conscience

University of Queensland Press RRP: $34.95 Over twenty years ago Fr Frank Brennan, advisor to the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, and I became good friends as we collaborated on efforts to obtain justice for the Indigenous people of Queensland. At the time I was the Director for Social Responsibility in the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church. Sadly, our friendship ...

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The Nativity Story

Director Catherine Hardwicke New Line Cinema 2006 PG Every year around this time I am besieged by RE teachers in our state schools looking for resources they might use to communicate the story of Jesus’ birth effectively. With the release of The Nativity Story I think those RE teachers might just have hit the jackpot. Starring Keisha (Whale Rider) Castle-Hughes ...

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The Queen

Miramax Films. Running time: 103 minutes. Rating: M (Infrequent moderate coarse language) Before we had celebrities to observe, I suppose our attentions were drawn to members of the royal family. Unlike most celebrities, however, the British Royal Family has real power and enduring appeal to their admirers throughout the Commonwealth. "The Queen", a new film by Stephen Frears, features this ...

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The God Problem, Alternatives to Fundamentalism

Polebridge Press 2006 RRP $18.00 Available from http://www.westarinstitute.org/Polebridge/Title/GodProblem/godproblem.html I guess there is in any kind of religious awakening a great sense of discovery. It’s like seeing a rare and beautiful bird in the forest for the very first time. Perhaps I discovered this bird. Surely no one else has ever seen this fantastic creature or I would have heard about ...

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The Line: A Man’s Experience; a Son’s Quest to Understand – A Story of the Burma RailwayArch and Martin Flanagan.

One Day Hill Publishers RRP $24.50 including postage This is a moving account of how a young man grows up in rural Tasmania and copes with the terrors of a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War Two. Arch Flanagan has used simple words and subtle emotion to describe virtues of friendship, endurance and courage. His powers of expression are ...

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