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The Perfect Gift

CHRISTMAS IS a time of giving. But what plagues my mind every December is what do you give the person who has everything? When I look at my Dad I see a man who has it all. He is financially stable so if he wants something he’ll just go out and buy it himself. This makes finding a Christmas gift for ...

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Gifts that Give

AUSTRALIANS ARE great gift givers. Australian Bureau of Statistics research (Festive Facts and Figures 2008) showed Australians spending $18.12 billion at retailers during December 2007. Despite the global financial crisis and interest rate rises last year, The Australian said we spent over $20 billion on credit cards alone over the festive season. We are generous too. According to the Australian ...

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Shaping up for God

There is plenty of talk about body image issues in young women but men can also be prone to having low self esteem and self worth. We find out how some Australian Christian men perceive their own bodies and to ask whether physical appearance relates to a person’s potential. Jonathan Foye: 24, freelance journalist and a Uniting Church Chaplaincy Associate, ...

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Living life in abundance

Western culture has tended to divide life into physical, mental, and emotional. Jesus, however, speaks of an abundant life, a total experience from the giver of life. If men are reticent about going to their doctor about routine physical health at the best of times, where do they find a GP in regards to spiritual and emotional health? In church ...

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Mending masculinity

Why illness is not weaknessTHE AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics states that men have an average life expectancy of 78 years old, around five years less than women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men can expect to live around 17 years less than that. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for men living in rural and remote ...

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Australia on top of rural ministry

With six Australian delegates attending the International Rural Churches Association’s (IRCA) 4th Quadrennial conference held in Germany in September, Australia has shown that when it comes to rural ministry, we have a lot to teach as well as learn. Indeed IRCA had an Australian, Rev Lloyd Vidler, at the helm as Chairperson in its early days. The 2010 Conference centred ...

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Tradition runs deep

For thousands of years before westerners arrived in Australia Indigenous people were living on the land using practices that are, in some places, still used today. Ena Koongotema, an Indigenous member of Aurukun Uniting Church in Far North Queensland, remembers how her people used to live off the land. “They used to go out; they used to walk (no vehicle ...

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Living for the end of time

Journey continues exploring Brian McLaren’s 10 questions he says are transforming the church. This month we look at the ‘future’ question. Is the world getting better or worse? What is the Christian hope for the future? Does any of this matter to how I live my life? These are all questions to do with what is known in Christian theology ...

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NCYC Bible studies cater for all

WITH ONLY three months until the biennial National Christian Youth Convention (ncyc11) begins on the Gold Coast, leaders from across Australia are warming up some challenging and interactive Bible studies. NSW Synod Youth Unit coordinator Rob Hanks and his team will be leading a “surfing” level Bible study for those just starting out in faith. “We promise to offer an interactive ...

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Acting with love

THE 28TH Synod affirmed a five line Call for the Uniting Church in Queensland in discerning the future of the Church. This edition we continue our series of discussion starters exploring what each of the five Call phrases mean to different people. This edition we look at the second phrase: Acting with love. Rev Doug Foster has been a Police Chaplain ...

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