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Making plans for revolution

A fresh exploration of the Beatitudes of Jesus is emerging as a grass roots international movement, starting in Queensland. Plan Be author Dave Andrews worked with the Bible Society Queensland to launch a new collection of resources at Easterfest in Toowoomba. The We Can Be concept is based on a modified version of the serenity prayer: “Lord, grant me the ...

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From Unchecked Greed to Prophetic Visioning

“Unchecked greed” and “extreme capitalism” are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis, said Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia. In March Ms Poulos visited Matanzas, on the northern coast of Cuba, as a member of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), an advisory body of the World Council of Churches. The CCIA, which advocates on ...

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UnitingWorld responds to crisis in Sri Lanka

UnitingWorld has today launched an emergency appeal to respond to the ‘humanitarian crisis’ unfolding in Sri Lanka. This appeal is in response to desperate pleas for assistance from Uniting Church partners in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Uniting Church members following the recent military victory over the LTTE. Within the Church, Tamil and Sinhalese members have spoken of their anguish ...

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The ethics of giving

IN HIS book Beyond the Boundary, Christian ethicist Dr Noel Preston AM explains that the essence of love, and therefore charity, is deeper than we may realise. “Perhaps the core of loving … is to understand the needs of another being and to be actively willing to meet those needs,” Dr Preston said. Director of UnitingCare’s Centre for Social Justice ...

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Faith, hope, and tax deductions

IN THE King James Version of 1 Corinthians 13:13, we are told to uphold faith, hope, and charity. “But the greatest of these is charity.” The Apostle Paul and the members of the early church strived to live as Jesus had lived. Paul, particularly in 1 Corinthians, encouraged people to look at the life of Jesus as an example of ...

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State under water: Queensland floods follow-up

“I SEE A cloud no bigger than a man’s hand.” (1 Kings 18:44 ) Elijah might have been standing near Bedourie late last year near the end of four years without a wet season. Drought had crippled both properties and people throughout northwest Queensland. But by Easter 2009, the area was struggling to recover from floods. Some rain may have ...

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Last post for God and country

While some argue about public holidays and pay rates, ‘high’ days and holy days are sensitive topics in the Christian church for entirely different reasons. The Uniting Church is no exception. WHILE CHRISTIANS often bemoan the secularisation and commercialisation of ‘our’ special days such as Easter and Christmas, we struggle to identify with some of the milestones on our community’s ...

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Easter for Gen Y Social Networkers

TOMB EMPTY. BODY GONE. That is all the Twitter message said. Then longer SMS messages began to fly. What’s happening? :-(. BTW guards gone 2. The photos appeared first on Facebook. Grainy mobile phone picture taken in the half light of dawn. Somebody started a Facebook page Where is Jesus? Within hours it had hundreds of friends. The guy had ...

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Jesus crucified in the movies

Movies portraying the crucifixion of Jesus provide us with useful conversation starters as we explore the depth of meaning in the events of Easter. Try suggesting an Easter movie and you’ll get different reactions. Some people are concerned about historical accuracy. Did Jesus have nails driven through his hands, as in The Passion of the Christ, through his wrists, as ...

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Finding the good in Good Friday

FOR MOST Queenslanders, Easter means an extra long weekend and a chance to get away or at least have a good break from the usual routine. It can also be an opportunity to enjoy the autumn weather and the ocean water while it’s still warm. For those who follow surfing, Easter is the time of the longest running professional surfing ...

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