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New study encourages an active faith

WORLD-RENOWNED theologian, Bishop NT Wright, and Micah Challenge International Director, Rev Dr Joel Edwards, have joined Australia’s Rev Dr John Dickson and Rev Tim Costello to inspire Christians in Australia to tackle global poverty. A new interactive five-week Bible study created by World Vision Australia, The Faith Effect , suggests that the church is best positioned to break the cycle ...

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Easter gifts to die for

EASTER is around the corner and with Easter eggs already in the shops the Stop the Traffik coalition is working hard to help people realise the true cost of these delectable treats. The reality of chocolate is far from romantic. Around 70 per cent of the world's production of cocoa comes from West Africa — Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire and ...

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Appreciating our teachers

THE role of teacher is a significant one in everyone's lives. In the formal education system alone, everyone has memories of the impression, good or otherwise, a teacher has made on them. As children, we are often unaware of the dedicated professional community that nurtures our progress through education. Now, as an adult and a parent, I stand in awe ...

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Dampened spirits

PARTS of Queensland have once again been hit by rising flood waters and it's taking its toll on many regional communities. Roma, in the western Darling Downs area in South West Queensland, was one of the severely effected towns in the Maranoa region. Minister at Maranoa Uniting Church, Rev Linda Hamill, said this year's flooding has been much worse then ...

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Unravelling education

PEOPLE learn in many different ways. Our experiences of learning are influenced by the way we interact with our world. Whether we are in a classroom, workplace, at home or at church, we are interacting with information and making decisions that expand our understanding of the world. It’s interesting to think that the way we view the world shapes our ...

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Starting the learning with Lent

A couple of years ago a friend of mine told me she was giving up chocolate for Lent. I looked at her with utter incomprehension. The whole concept of Lent seemed archaic (and the concept of giving up chocolate positively barbaric). It is an attitude that is perhaps reflected by the person who recently reacted with bemusement to a blog ...

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Learning for life

THE Uniting Church is a community of worship, witness and service but it is also a place of learning. Our schools are not the only learning organisations within the Church either; one of UnitingCare Queensland’s values is “Leading through Learning”. In Paragraph 11 of the Church’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, it states: “The Uniting Church acknowledges that God ...

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Navigating belonging and singleness

SINGLES come in all shapes, ages and conditions – students away from home; semipermanent visitors; recent migrants; separated or divorced folk; people who have lost a loved partner. They all have one thing in common: the need to belong – to be included. Our church communities are good at catering for groups of people: prayer groups, Bible study, craft or ...

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Building men of hope and courage

I grew up in a community that was both microscopic and networked at the same time. It was a microscopic community because my family lived on lighthouse stations. At the same time it was a dynamically networked community across the whole country, with 24 manned stations and the accompanying support networks. Looking back, it was a safe community. There were ...

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Belonging to God

IN the service of Congregational Reaffirmation of Baptism, the members of the congregation are invited to trace the sign of the cross on each other and to declare as they do so: “You belong to Christ”. It is a powerful moment in which we are reminded of the identity we received at our baptism. If we allow the sign and ...

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