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Australia’s secret

SUICIDE IS an abrasive word. I don’t even like writing it, let alone saying it. In 2009, we lost 1633 men and 499 women to suicide. That’s 2132 people with mums, dads, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and children. In the same year, 1507 people lost their lives in road crashes. I don’t wish to detract from the tragic loss of ...

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Mind over matter: How what we think shapes us

DESPITE AMAZING technological advances over the years, there is one thing scientists still struggle to completely understand: the human brain. Dr Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian Philosophy at the Fuller Theological Seminary in California, was in Australia in August and delivered the annual Rollie Busch Memorial Lecture at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane. The seminar, entitled “Did My Neurons Make ...

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Mateship amidst chaos

IN AUGUST Army Chaplain, Rev Alamoti Lavaki, was awarded the Silver Commendation for his work with grief stricken soldiers in Afghanistan. “It was a very difficult deployment where so many Australians were killed in action,” he said. “I was awarded the Silver Commendation for just doing my job by refocusing the soldiers to get on and finish the job in ...

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Lions roar with Burleigh friends

IF YOU come across any Lions at Burleigh there is no need to fear; they are a friendly pack and ready to help. The Never Alone Friendship Centre, an outreach program of the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church found this out recently when the local Lions Club made a donation. The Lions Club of Burleigh Heads heard about the Centre and ...

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Minor trip for major funds

SERIAL ADVENTURE fundraisers, Arnold and Avis Eggins (left), embarked on a 15 000km journey around Australia in their 1954 Morris Minor ute on 5 June to raise funds for the Barnabas Community, a ministry of Lifeline Community Care Queensland. Last year the couple raised more than $4000 for the Barnabas Community by walking 100km. Their latest journey began at Thorneside ...

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Nurses learn from Solomon Islands experience

THE HELENA Goldie Hospital in Munda in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands has one of the few Diploma of Nursing programs in the island nation. Run by the United Church in Solomon Islands, the Helena Goldie Hospital partners with the Uniting Church in Australia. As part of the partnership UnitingCare Health is committed to helping the Helena Goldie ...

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Spreading the love at Christmas

IT MAY only be August but the Synod communications team has been hard at work consulting with as many people as possible to help decide on the 2011 Christmas postcard artwork. This year the slogan is: Faith Hope Love (but the greatest of these is love). The back of the card will say “experience Christmas with us” and have a ...

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Faith, life and the young adult journey

JOURNEY SAT down with the organisers of Summer Madness and asked them about their experiences of being young adults in the Uniting Church. We started by asking if young people are the future of the church. This is what they said. Stephen Rothery: Young people are not the future of the church, they are the church of today! We need ...

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Finding the missing generations

ANNE AND Geoff (not their real names) have a familiar story to tell. Highly involved in their church communities, between them they have run youth groups, taught Sunday School, been on the Church Council and even ran a bible study at their home. Then, an internal congregational issue not only drove them away from that congregation, but church in general. ...

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Unlocking the secret

WHEN I first arrived in the Burdekin, North Queensland, I went on a listening tour to discover what people’s hopes and dreams were for the church. A quite consistent message emerged; they wanted a church where their children, both 40 and 4, could belong. I suspect that this is a heartburst felt across the whole of the Uniting Church – ...

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