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Hospital staff share hope and talents

AFTER WEEKS of fundraising and intensive preparation, a UnitingCare Health team made its first visit to the Helena Goldie hospital on Munda in the Solomon Islands in April. Team members were selected from UnitingCare Health hos-pitals to take part in a project to support Helena Goldie involving a series of short visits to work alongside staff at the hospital – ...

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Healing ministries

LEARNING ABOUT medical missionaries when in high school was the beginning of a life-long interest and career in medicine for Albert St Uniting Church member and UnitingCare Queensland board member Dr Ian Airey, a specialist anaesthetist and specialist in intensive care. Dr Airey said it has been a satisfying and humbling privilege to walk with families through confronting medical trials. ...

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Demographics hold the key

IN HIS book The Four Big Shifts leading Australian social scientist Mark McCrindle said it is demography, not technology, which shapes the future. Mr McCrindle recently told a group of business, church and ministry leaders on the Gold Coast that they face an enormous challenge engaging staff, volun-teers and members as Australia fast approaches the point of peak labour. Census ...

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Stems of potential

IN MARCH last year US president Barak Obama lifted the Bush government’s ban on embryonic stem cell research. No such ban has applied to research in Australia. While the scientific community throughout the world welcomed the decision, it has reignited debate about the ethics of such research. Few medical issues are as layered with emotion and rhetoric as embryonic stem ...

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Mind your faith

FAITH IS not a popular topic in this country. Perhaps that’s because we don’t know how it works. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was reported to say religious believers were either mad or severely neurotic. Neuroscientist Dr Peter Snow, formerly at the University of Queensland researching brain plasticity, recently told a network radio audience that while faith is related to hope, what ...

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Digging up facts

THE UNITING Church is full of highly skilled people in a number of scientific fields. Journey was privileged to speak with one such person, Kenmore Uniting Church member Dr Peter Scott. The geologist, award-winning retired teacher and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Queensland has literally searched for answers about earth’s history with ...

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Transforming lives behind bars

A NUMBER of Uniting Church chaplains and lay volunteers have pioneered a new program for Queensland prisons. Kairos Prison Ministry Australia was given approval to conduct a six month pilot comprising the Kairos five day short course and the ongoing fortnightly journey of discovery within the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, Queensland’s primary remand centre with a capacity for 890 prisoners, ...

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Distilling the conflict myth

Science, religion and the search for truthIT IS OFTEN assumed that the history of the relations between science and religion is one of unremitting conflict. The prime examples are Galileo’s condemnation by the Inquisition in 1633 and the religious opposition elicited by Darwin’s theory of evolution on its inception in 1859. While this view continues to exercise a great hold ...

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The future: coming ready or not

SCIENCE FICTION may be a thing of the past in future. According to physicist, physician and futurist Dr Richard Swenson the stuff of movies and novels five years ago is reality today. The author of Balance and The Overload Syndrome was keynote speaker at the 2010 Christian Management Australia conference in Brisbane in June. Quoting Albert Einstein, Dr Swenson pointed ...

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Uniting Church congratulates Australia’s new Prime Minister

The Uniting Church in Australia has congratulated Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard. Acting President of the Uniting Church National Assembly, Rev Gregor Henderson, said he welcomed Ms Gillard’s election as a major step in Australia’s commitment to gender equality and hopes she would serve as a role model for young people to show that Australia really does ...

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