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The future is now

THE AUSTRALIAN population is in itself ageing but according to National Church Life Survey (NCLS) data, the church still has more people aged over 50 years and fewer under 40 years than the general population. According to NCLS data, the Uniting Church has the fewest members (8 per cent) aged between 15 and 29 of all Australian mainstream Christian denominations. ...

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Young hearts run free

IN THE inner-Brisbane congregation of Trinity Wilston Uniting Church there is an exciting undercurrent of supporting those who have a passion for social justice. Recently, two of the congregation's youngest members staged campaigns to raise funds for worthy causes and minister, Rev Sue Pickering, couldn't be prouder. Emma Irvine-Collins was 10 when she started a craft stall at the church ...

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Uniting Church Commends Australia’s Clean Energy Future

The Uniting Church in Australia has congratulated the Government and the members of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee on today’s announcement of a price on pollution. The Church welcomes the strong package of measures as the most important step towards a clean economy and a sustainable future. Rev AIistair Macrae, President of the Church said, “When the Uniting Church was ...

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Singing puts a smile on the dial

FOR MANY people music has the power to transform their mood, remind them of special events and even uplift their soul. Dr Felicity Baker, Director of Research of the School of Music at The University of Queensland, said there is clinical proof that music can make you happy and improve wellbeing. A music therapist, Dr Baker has spent 20 years ...

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Laughing with the divine

LOUISE TOWLER is a Christian comedian based in Perth. When she first came to Australia from the UK the mother of four lived next to a young woman with depression. “I used to sit with her to try to make her laugh.” One of these stories became her show Big Purple Undies which she wrote about a lady she used ...

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Defying the dark night of the soul

STANDING IN a worship service, surrounded by people singing joyful songs to the Lord while feeling like you are in a pit of despair is not an uncommon feeling amongst our congregation members. For June Wood, and many others, it threw her faith and understanding of God into disarray. Diagnosed with depression 20 years ago, Ms Wood’s long journey has ...

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In pursuit of happiness

THERE’S NOTHING new about the pursuit of happiness. ABC Science writer Judy Skatssoon said in her article Hunting for happiness, “We’ve been doing it ever since we started looking for a dry cave and something good to put in our stomachs. “The ancient Greeks turned happiness into a lifestyle philosophy, with the Epicurean school advocating a simple life and simple ...

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New Zealand city again rocked by earthquakes

NEW ZEALAND’S second biggest city was again plunged into a chaos of dust clouds, rock slides, traffic jams and collapsing buildings, after being rocked by a 5.7-magnitude and a 6.3-magnitude earthquake within 90 minutes in mid-afternoon on 13 June. Many buildings, including churches, were damaged or have collapsed. One elderly rest home resident died in a fall, according to police. The ...

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Building “right relations” between people and with the earth

JIM HODGSON is a journalist with extensive experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2000, Hodgson has worked with the United Church of Canada’s Caribbean and Latin America desk, most recently as programme coordinator for South America and the Caribbean. During the past 25 years he has written for a variety of church-based media and worked for extended periods in ...

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Renewal and witness at the heart of Pentecost

Power from the Holy Spirit, drawing on “the uncreated energy of God” and revealing the Word of God in Jesus Christ, is the divine blessing for which Christians give thanks on the Sunday of Pentecost. The eight presidents of the World Council of Churches, in their annual Pentecost message, write that this holy day “offers a new opportunity to each ...

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