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Redistributing Abundance

CHRISTIANS must talk about economics. So says Rev Ched Meyers, author of The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics who describes us as “addicted” to the current system, devoted to upward mobility and accumulation of wealth. Apparently, Western society is captivated by capitalism. We accept the economic structure that generates profit for few by means of exploiting many; normalising inequality and becoming blind to injustice. “Economic models, like sexuality,” writes Mr ...

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Emergency relief pushes through troubling times

EMERGENCY relief, or crisis intervention, is a service provided for people in dire financial or personal straits who need a hand up. Rose (not her real name), was struggling financially and trapped in an abusive relationship. She reached out to Wesley Mission Brisbane‘s Emergency Relief service and they provided her with the train fare she needed to travel to safe housing. Rose returned to Emergency Relief several months later and thanked the team ...

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Chaplain Margaret’s shave for a cure

WESLEY Mission Brisbane’s Chaplain, Margaret Niethe, showed great bravery last month when she shaved her head for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave appeal. Ms Niethe, her husband Paul, daughter Wendy and grandson Blake all took part in the shave at the Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre. Blake has been taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave since he was in ...

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Embodied spirituality key to integrating many parts

WHEN the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in what we know as 1 Corinthians 12, he speaks to a Christian community struggling with both spiritual and social issues. Writing to those specific pathologies, Paul uses the analogy of the human body to illustrate the nature of the church in a highly accessible way which provides insights that remain ...

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Calling Easter people

ONE hundred and fifty Uniting Church members gathered in Mt Louisa House of Praise in Townsville for worship over the Easter weekend. Congregation minister, Rev Anne Harley, said this year’s Easter Call was a success and attendees were changed, inspired, healed, and more equipped to serve. “We believe God has far more for us in the Uniting Church in North ...

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Easterfest hits back in 2012

TENS of thousands of people visited Toowoomba over the Easter long weekend to celebrate Easterfest, the largest Christian event and largest drug and alcohol-free festival in Australia. Festival director David Schenk said that after shock floods at Easterfest in 2011, this year the event ran smoothly and was a complete success. "All the challenges that we had with the weather ...

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Side by side

 Have you ever heard of the analogy about porcupines being like family? They need to be close to each other because they need to share the body heat each one generates in order to survive. But if they get too close, it becomes a severely limiting factor because their needles would pierce each other’s skin. The Uniting Church is very ...

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Easter TV drama tells modern story

CHRISTIAN Television Australia’s Easter special An Innocent Man? will air on the Seven Network at 3pm on Good Friday (6 April). The TV drama looks at the Easter story in a modern-day context. Produced by Melbourne based production company, Australian Christian Multimedia, An Innocent Man? brings a sense of freshness to the age-old story. The events of the Easter story ...

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National Day of Thanksgiving 2012

THE National Day of Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday 26 May this year. The Day is an opportunity for churches and Christian organisations across Australia to connect with people in their local communities who don’t normally go to church. In 2012 the National Day of Thanksgiving will be thanking and honouring those in local government, from elected Councillors, office ...

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Forming inclusive communities

WHEN Rev Bob Harriman, Mary Burnett Presbytery Minister and former Chaplain for UnitingCare Community (formerly Lifeline), looks at church communities he doesn’t focus on who is there. Mr Harriman is always on the lookout for the people who aren’t there. It is about ensuring our churches are inclusive worship communities where different people feel that they belong. He said inclusive ...

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