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Thou shalt not Rev

WITH THE QUEENSLAND Road Toll for 2007 already a record at more than 200 deaths, groundbreaking research into the driving behaviour of 102 Uniting Church Ministers has reported they were involved in 32 crashes in the past two years. The research conducted by the Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) identified four problem ...

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Church numbers down, spirits up

Media doomsayers have been quick to highlight the 2006 Census data showing a significant decline nationally in those who listed their religious affiliation as Uniting Church (down by 15% to 1.1 million since the Census of 1996). The data for Queensland was more encouraging and showed less than 8% decline (to 282,103). While the Sunday Mail was quick to stereotype ...

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Protestant dismay at new Vatican document

A new document authorised by Pope Benedict XVI restating Roman Catholic views that Protestant denominations are not churches "in the proper sense" has been criticised as setting back the quest for Christian unity. "An exclusive claim that identifies the Roman Catholic Church as the one church of Jesus Christ, as we read in the statement released today [10 July], goes ...

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Peace ambassador crossed 43 rivers on the way to work

Getting to work in June took Uniting International Mission’s Joy Balazo three days.  Her journey to the ‘No Go’ zone of the Meekamui group in southern Bougainville involved travelling in an open back ‘cargo style’ 4 wheeled drive traversing no less than 43 rivers. “Even though I am a seasoned traveller in some pretty rough country, I said so many ...

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Basis of Union points to the future

Queensland born Rev Dr Andrew Dutney is Principal of Parkin-Wesley Theological College in Adelaide and Lecturer in Historical and Systematic Theology. Dr Dutney is one of Australia’s most respected commentators on the Basis of Union and he reflects for Journey on its importance for the church after 30 years. As the data from the 2006 National Church Life Survey begins ...

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New book analyses ‘Alpha’ phenomenon

Adverts on the backs of buses, in taxis, on billboards and in newspapers for "Alpha courses", a popular introduction to the essentials of Christianity, are familiar to many people in Britain and further afield. Alpha’s organisers claim that more than 8 million people worldwide have now attended one of their courses, and that more than 7000 churches in Britain and ...

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Moderator: Government turns back the clock

This statement was released today by the Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman in response to the Federal Government announcement regarding Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory. The announcement by the Prime Minister regarding intervention by the Federal Government into the critical situation of child abuse in indigenous communities is a matter for grave concern. ...

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Moderator on 30th Anniversary: Still a pilgrim people

The Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman spoke at a dinner in Mackay this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. This is the text of his address. This is a very significant year for a number of reasons. 300 years ago, Charles Wesley, brother of John and hymn writer ...

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Fraudsters prey on the trust of church members

When Australian Capital Reserve was placed in voluntary administration two weeks ago it was the life savings of mum and dad investors, up to $330 million worth, that were at greatest risk. Real estate agent Sam Pogson and many of the company’s founders are members of the Christadelphian church, pointing again to how vulnerable churches are to a scam known ...

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Paraphernalia process produced a lasting legacy

In 1975 a Brisbane based group of 12 people drawn from representatives of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches was given the task of coming up with, among other things, the logo for what would be known as the Uniting Church. Called the “Committee on Paraphernalia and Titles”, the group was also charged with deciding the name of the intended ...

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