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Worship songwriter stands the test of time

Known as the Father of modern contemporary praise and worship music Graham Kendrick is continuing to make an impact on today’s worship music scene. The likes of Matt Redman, Paul Baloche and Martin Smith of Delirious have all been influenced by him in their songwriting and worship leading. Graham recently hit Australian shores and shared some of his insights into ...

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Praying with open hands

Praying with open hands was the title of the sermon given at the special meeting of the Queensland Synod on 27th October 2007 by the Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman. Many people have asked for the text and Journey is pleased to publish Dr Pitman’s sermon here. The texts for the sermon were Psalm 65: 1-13 and Luke 18: 9-14. ...

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Growing up, leaving home and celebrating it

WHETHER IT’S at the end of Year 12 or some other time before or after that date, the inevitability is that young people will eventually leave home. But leaving home is not just walking out the door with a suitcase in each hand; it’s a significant part of the journey to adult status that can be as painful for the ...

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Douglas Jones is new Synod Secretary

A special three hour meeting of Uniting Church members and ministers from across Queensland today appointed Rev Douglas Jones as the next General Secretary of the Synod. Chairperson of the Nominating Committee Rev Stuart Cameron described Mr Jones as having the ability to hold the big picture and detail in creative tension. “Douglas has not been afraid to prophetically speak ...

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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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