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School’s out – what next?

November is the whirlwind month of activity around the end of Year 12 as more than 40 000 young Queenslanders finalise their study program; attend graduations; head for Schoolies Week; and negotiate jobs, university entrance, Gap Years, college or other life changes. It is also the time when young people sweat on their OP scores and renegotiate their relationship with parents ...

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Why is political courage so unpopular?

On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Rudd confirmed that his official election campaign will be the vanity exercise, the gutless appeal to a shallow and disaffected electorate, that most of us suspected it would be. Positioned against the ubiquitous sky-blue billboard – which now bears the rather pretentious slogan “New Leadership” – Rudd could have cashed in a little of his electoral ...

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Diakonia was the topic for the 2007 Rollie Busch Memorial Lecture

One hundred people attended the Rollie Busch Memorial Lecture last Friday evening which was also part of the Conference, Theological Reflections on the Diakonia held on the weekend at Mr Gravatt. The Rollie Busch Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr John N. Collins and titled “Diakonia, From Scripture to…? Pastoral pitfalls or insights for Deacons.” You can download and listen ...

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Uniting Church defends African refugees

The Uniting Church in Queensland has moved to defend the dignity and good name of Queensland’s North African Community from attacks by Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. “The government’s decision to single out the African community in this way is deeply troubling,” according to Queensland Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman. “Mr. Andrews has singled out the Sudanese and slurred that entire ...

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Election 2007 resources

With an election due for October or November 2007 Journey contacted six Queensland Senate candidates from among the contenders and asked them to provide answers to policy questions. Each candidate was given the same questions and word limit, and their answers have not been edited. Journey asked questions on issues which the councils of the Uniting Church have been concerned ...

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Walking the talk

A GROUP of teenagers from the Beenleigh area launched a ground-breaking documentary about bullying in September. An initiative of the Smart Connections Program at Beenleigh Adult and Youth Service (BAYS), a Wesley Mission activity, the film Walk in My Shoes is a collaborative and multi media effort from about 25 young people who attend the Youth Space. These young people ...

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Top evangelical says talk less, do more

Prominent and outspoken UK evangelical leader and social activist Rev Steve Chalke claims Jesus never asked anyone to become a Christian. Founder of the Oasis Trust and the Faithworks movement for Christian social action, Mr Chalke spoke recently to a packed audience from across Brisbane churches. “Jesus never asked anybody to go to a religious service. “He did once tell ...

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Newcomers are different and not included

Surprising research from the National Church Life Survey (NCSL) shows that people joining Queensland Uniting Church congregations are different from the people already attending. Newcomers in 2006 were twice as likely to be remarried, separated or divorced and four times more likely to be living in a defacto relationship than long term Uniting Church members. They are also likely to ...

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Moving from rally to relationship

You may not be a member of any church. You may be Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. Whatever your race, whatever your religion, I’m going to ask you to come. Get up from your seats, hundreds of you, just get up out of your seats and come and stand quietly, right here, quietly and reverently. THESE WERE familiar words to those ...

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Young people want you, warts and all

ACCORDING TO Synod Young Adult ministry coordinator Tom Kerr, the key to evangelising young adults is by not evangelising. Well, not in the traditional sense of the word. Mr Kerr says forming a connection with young adults comes from being yourself and growing friendships, not pushing beliefs on someone. Here is part of Tom’s story: “I’m having this discussion about ...

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