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Beyond expectations

As we enter the Christmas season and reflect on the birth of our servant-king, what are your expectations of God and how God operates in the world? Trinity College Queensland Principal Dr Paul Jones takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Bible to chart God’s subversive interactions with humanity that culminate in a revelation that goes beyond all human ...

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Activating faith in a new generation

Simon Gomersall—Director of Activate (Gap Year Program) at Trinity College Queensland—sat down with students towards the end of the year-long program to reflect on their experiences. Activate is for people between 18 and 30 years who want to study theology and apply their learning in real-world contexts. Students complete a Diploma of Ministry, undertake numerous life-skill programs, develop ministry skills ...

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Unlocking the secrets of autoimmune disease

Faith Works Uniting Community in Brisbane member Professor Ranjeny Thomas, Arthritis Queensland Professor of Rheumatology and Head, Immunology Programme at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, talks about work, worship and women in leadership. What drew you to the field of immunology? I am a clinical rheumatologist and I have always been fascinated to uncover how life-changing autoimmune diseases like ...

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The gift of hope, hand-delivered to remote Aussies

Felipe Beltran reflects on our wonderful Uniting Church bush chaplains who minister to those living in remote Australia. I caught up with Frontier Services bush chaplain Pastor Cain Hartigan and his wife Jacki at the Birdsville Races earlier this year. We talked about the needs of people in the Cunnamulla-Burke and Wills Remote Area, where rural communities are losing key ...

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Called to be a house of prayer for all the nations

What does it mean to be One Church? Four Queensland Uniting Church members share inspirational stories of how multicultural church enriches our faith, our worship and our fellowship. Language that speaks to the heart My name is Carla Cristine Diniz and I am from Brazil, a country where people worship deeply. I grew up in church and I was always ...

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Relationships the key to church planting

James O’Callaghan explores a shift in the focus of mission for church plants. In the past, the first step to having a presence in an emerging community was to purchase a block of land and start building a church. That focus is steadily shifting with a realisation that relationships—rather than physical presence—are at the core of mission. Of the four ...

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Forging better futures

Remote Queensland can be a challenging environment—socially, financially and emotionally—to live in (and make a living from), but Outback Futures is helping residents build resilience and strengthen their communities by providing mental and allied health services. Ben Rogers reports on the not-for-profit organisation and how Toowong Uniting Church was an integral part of its creation. To understand the genesis of ...

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Can a scientist believe in miracles?

“The 19th century is the last time when it was possible for an educated person to admit to believing in miracles like the virgin birth without embarrassment.” While the dismissiveness of Richard Dawkins’ remark in his well-known work The God Delusion is characteristic of New Atheist thought specifically, it reveals a more widespread view that a belief in miracles is ...

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Preserving Indigenous languages through the Bible

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned photographs and some names in this article may contain images/names of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress. Keenkanaman-a, aak ke’an yippakan wun-a, nil WIKan aak nathpalman wun-wun, murkanim anman, nilam Jesus.an. (Than Jesus.an waa’in nunang ke’ WIK anman ngampar, puth nil wik God.antaman waa’-waa’ ngampar, a’ nilan waa’-waa’ ngampar nil ...

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Experiencing God within: Insights from a depth psychologist

Alongside Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung is considered one of the pioneers of psychoanalysis, but unlike Freud was far more sympathetic to religion and its place within society. Rev Dr Neil Pembroke explores Jung’s relationship with Christianity and the soul. Carl Jung (1875–1961) was a Swiss psychoanalyst famous for his innovative development of the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud. Jung ...

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