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Serving those serving time

Correctional centres aren’t exactly the first place in which most people would want to volunteer but for volunteer chaplain Fotuika Ruiz it’s a place where she feels called to serve. Ben Tupou reports. The last line of the service promise for UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry reads, “Our strength, our resources, our blessings and our growth are all found in Him”. ...

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The rise and rise of the Russian Orthodox Church

St Petersburg in Russia has seen thousands protesting against the return of the Cathedral of St Isaac to the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) since January this year. How much influence does the church now have in modern Russia and how much do we really know about its leader, Patriarch Kirill? John Harrison investigates. St Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest Orthodox ...

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Love in a time of war

As the conflict continues to unfold in northern Iraq, volunteers are at the heart of the humanitarian services delivering aid. Dianne Jensen talks to members of Operation Hope, a group of Uniting Church people bringing hope to shattered lives. Monday: I worked in a small container today just inside the entrance to the U2 camp … Three doctors, three interpreters, ...

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In the beginning: Unlocking the secrets of human development

“We really need to wrestle with how we engage with and understand human suffering.” Stem cell biologist Dr Nathan Palpant talks to Dianne Jensen about the nexus between Christian faith and his cutting-edge research using human stem cells to understand disease and develop new therapies. Most of us never forget that first look through the microscope at a pin prick ...

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Making a big statement

While the Basis of Union is the foundational document of the Uniting Church, another key text from 1977—the Statement to the Nation—provided a vision for how the newly formed church would respond to the Australian society in which it belonged. Rev Dr John Squires, director of education and formation at the Western Australian Synod, explores the 1977 statement and its ...

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Saving the past for the future

Saving the past for the future. Photo: Supplied

A 40th birthday is a time for getting out the family photos and telling stories. Dianne Jensen explores why preserving our church history is vital to the future of the Uniting Church in Australia. There’s treasure to be found in the nooks and crannies of our churches. Scrapbooks from the Great War, photographs of the church that was sold before ...

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A new dawn arises

Young leaders at the recent Next Gen Arise gathering at Kangaroo Point Uniting Church. (Right) Noah Kim, Next Gen Arise project officer. Photo: Supplied

As the Uniting Church celebrates its 40th birthday the question of who will lead the church in the decades ahead has become increasingly urgent. Journey reports on the Next Gen Arise initiative, which may just hold the answer. It’s Saturday afternoon at Kangaroo Point Uniting Church, and inside the talk is of faith and leadership as Mike Hands from Newlife ...

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Heartbreak and hope for crisis weary communities

Port Curtis, Rockhampton April 2017. Photo: Neil Richardson, Quantity Surveyor

While the massive clean-up after Cyclone Debbie and the associated record-breaking floods is well underway, it will take some months to count the real cost to the community. Journey reports on how the Uniting Church is supporting those impacted into the future. Farmers, business owners and householders in north and central Queensland and northern New South Wales are still reeling ...

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Nancy Beach: Going against the tide

Nancy Beach

US pastor and author Nancy Beach has gained international recognition for her ministry work transforming the relationship between the arts and church, and she is set to visit Australia for the Uniting Leaders conference in August. Bindy Taylor meets Nancy to discuss leadership, gender politics and the importance of having fun. Nancy Beach is a self-confessed optimist. This outlook has ...

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Forgive us our sins

Sin, Jesus, Easter and Atonement

In the 21st century what should Christians make of the concept of “sin”? A long-gone relic or a necessary corrective in a society seduced by moral relativism and the cult of victimhood? Simon Gomersall explores sin, Easter and atonement. It is now conventional to assert that the language and concept of sin is irrelevant in both 21st century Australian society ...

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