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Growing wellbeing: Staying healthy in mind, body and spirit

WHEN WE talk about health we often only think of illness or disease. But there are many aspects to wellness as discussed on the Queensland Synod’s new Thriving in your Life and Ministry website (an accompaniment to the Healthy Church website). Compiled by Ann Warren, Queensland Synod Human Relations Adviser, and Rev Dr Robert Bos, Director of Pilgrim Learning Community, ...

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Tuvalu minister urges action on rising seas

“IF WE DON’T act now, by the time you realise that you should do something, it will be too late to save yourself and your country.” That is the message from Rev Tafue Lusama, Secretary for Peace and Justice at the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (Christian Church of Tuvalu) and Chairperson of the Climate Action Network Tuvalu. Mr Lusama, who wrote ...

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Territory intervention highlighted for UN rapporteur

The Uniting Church in Australia has taken its vehement opposition to the Northern Territory Emergency Response to the United Nations. The Uniting Church has written to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People, currently visiting Australia, to draw his attention to the concerns being expressed by Indigenous members of the ...

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Planet’s future worth more than political points

The Uniting Church in Australia has today expressed its bitter disappointment over the failure of the Parliament to pass legislation that will support the prompt introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The National Director of UnitingJustice Australia, Rev Elenie Poulos, questioned the commitment of the Opposition to seriously reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. “The Opposition ...

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Church ethics and corruption

THE UNITING Church has always stood for social justice. It’s in our denominational DNA. In the 1880s and 1890s our former denominations rallied – quite literally – against alcohol and prostitution. From fighting for Indigenous land rights in the nineteen sixties, seventies and eighties, and upholding Tony Fitzgerald during his investigation into police corruption, to the fight today to keep ...

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Reflections on the Fitzgerald era: The prisoner

I WAS IN Boggo Rd pre-Fitzgerald as a 17 and 18-year-old and then again just after Fitzgerald. I watched Fitzgerald unfold, I got out of prison and my life changed. We started Sisters Inside. I studied social work and more recently became a lawyer. Throughout all of this time I’ve watched and wondered just what happened about our dreams and ...

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Reflections on the Fitzgerald era: The Social Justice Advocate

I WAS WORKING as the Uniting Church Queensland Synod’s Social Responsibility officer when the Fitzgerald Report was submitted to the Queensland Parliament on 3 July 1989. The Report followed a two year judicial inquiry, led by Tony Fitzgerald QC, and went some way towards restoring respect for democracy in Queensland. One of the recommendations of the Fitzgerald Report was that ...

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Reflections on the Fitzgerald era: The religious figure

SOMEONE RECENTLY recalled my first induction as Moderator in 1989 and that I’d said something like it was important that people read not only their Bibles, but the Fitzgerald Report – and discover what each had to say about the other. It was not an entirely original statement. Swiss theologian Karl Barth, in the midst of the turmoil of World ...

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See the person, not the stereotype

THIS YEAR’S National Reconciliation Week held in June marked its 13th anniversary with the theme, ‘See the person, not the stereotype’. The event offers an opportunity for all Australians to focus on reconciliation and celebrate the rich culture and history of Indigenous Australians. It is a time to reflect on achievements and to renew commitments to reconciliation. Journey asked the following people ...

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Corruption reopened: Twenty years after Fitzgerald, what have we learned?

“A watershed in the history and culture of Queensland”. That how ethicist and retired Uniting Church minister Rev Dr Noel Preston describes the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The judicial inquiry by Tony Fitzgerald QC found extensive political and police corruption in Queensland, and the Report went to Parliament twenty years ago this month, on 3 July 1989. “Fitzgerald emerged at a pivotal ...

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