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Two Easter Heresies

Christian scholars differ greatly on how to understand the resurrection of Christ.Is his resurrected ‘body’ is to be understood as his incarnate body (possibly transformed in some way) or rather as some ‘spiritual’, dis-embodied ‘body’, or even as simply externalising the ‘internal’ experience of the disciples in ‘meeting’ their risen Lord again.  These variants in belief can be linked to ...

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Love-hate gathering: From Palm Sunday to the Crucify Him mob

Jesus. Either you loved the guy or you hated him. It depended on a couple of things: how well you knew him and what the natural disposition of your heart was. The major Easter events featured two crowds: one a jubilant fan club, the other a lynching mob.Palm Sunday’s shiny, happy people waving palms loved Jesus. They were on a ...

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Easter Message from the Moderator

Easter brings together two apparently opposing human experiences; painful suffering and death followed by glorious new life and joy. On Good Friday we recall the unjust treatment and crucifixion of a compassionate and loving man, whom Christians believe was the incarnation of God. Christians believe that when Jesus died on the cross he entered fully into the human experience of ...

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God in the good and the bad

IS GOD in the bad stuff as well as the good stuff? Most people wrestle with the question of God when particular issues or events emerge in their lives. Such questioning came home to me when I stood where the suburbs had been in Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 tsunami. More than 50 000 people had been wiped away in ...

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Pricing Carbon: where morality meets economics

No-one much likes the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). If we believe the coal industry, it will have us all using candles and riding horses! This is nonsense. If we believe other critics, it is so flawed and toothless that we’d be better off with nothing. This is dangerous. We must put a price on carbon and we must ...

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Lifeline supports older Australians

A HARD-WORKING mother of a bright, energetic eight year old girl went to work one day, and never came home. A tragic car accident suddenly left her daughter, Fiona, an orphan. Jo, the girl’s grandmother, went from part-time babysitter to full-time carer. In addition to dealing with the loss of her daughter, Jo now had the challenge of raising her granddaughter. ...

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Moving to supported accommodation

The decision to move either yourself or a loved one into an aged care home is one of the most difficult decisions you can make and is a life changing event for all concerned. For an elderly person and their family it marks the transition to end-of-life. It can be a confusing, frustrating and stressful time, but with some careful ...

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The ageing adventure

THERE ARE many age milestones in life – turning 18, turning 21 and, for most people, turning anything that ends in a ‘0’ is a big event. Journey spoke to some young people about how they viewed ageing. Jane Moad, 27, said she was enjoying getting older. “Whilst 30 seems like a big milestone that I don’t want to acknowledge, ...

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Fifty-five years of Blue Caring

Blue Care, formerly the Blue Nursing Service, started out in 1953 as an initiative of the Uniting Church and has since grown into Australia’s largest provider of community health and residential aged care. Modern-day initiatives and a shared mission to support the well-being of individuals, families and communities continue to keep this connection to the Uniting Church alive. So, what ...

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Demographic changes shrink the generation gap distribution

In Queensland by 2020 life expectancy will increase – from 77 years to 81 years for men, and from 82 years to 85 years for women. What are the implications for us as a country and as a state when a greater proportion of our population is older? Social commentator and sociologist, Hugh Mackay, considers the effects of this different ...

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