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Which version should I read?

There are a staggering number of different English language Bible translations. Here are some of the more commonly used in Uniting Church circles. King James, 1611 The King James Bible was translated from the original Hebrew and Greek languages into English at the request of King James I of England. Fifty-four translators gave diligent attention to rhythm and punctuation to ...

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School packs for the Solomons

Things are tough in the Solomon Islands. While the half million inhabitants don’t lack food or shelter, recent conflicts have made the country unstable and interrupted education, services and business. Few children complete primary school, education services have been seriously disrupted, education facilities are deficient and instructional materials are non-existent in most schools. School Packs for the Solomons is a ...

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DaVinci not the code for Bible readers

“The Bible is product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times…” So declares Sir Leigh Teabing, the villain of Dan Brown’s gripping novel, The DaVinci Code. Like any fictional character, Teabing can play fast and loose with the truth. Yet some ...

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Napranum visits the Pacific

Forty-six Elders, families and members of the Kids Club from the Indigenous community of Napranum on Cape York, travelled for four weeks to N.Z, Tonga and Fiji. Many of those who travelled are linked with the programs of the Congress Uniting Church in Napranum. Participants described the trip as a great time of exchanging and sharing culture, dances, spirituality, kindness ...

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Theological education and the emerging church

Brian Mclaren recently gave a lecture at Princeton Thological College on “Mainline Theological Education and the Emerging Church/Conversation”.  It is available as an mp3 file for download HERE and following is a summary by Darren Wright from his planet telex blog site. There are a number of points that Mclaren makes in the lecture which I found his questions to be ...

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Finding the gift of a safe space

A safe space that creates honesty and faith sharing is a gift to the church and not a threat. That is the experience of one UCA congregation recently. The idea of having ordained ministers or lay leaders who are also gay is abhorrent to some and welcomed by others, but many of these discussions take place without listening directly to ...

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Indigenous Australians read the Bible through different eyes

Aboriginal minister Rev Dennis Corowa explains how Indigenous people read scripture. We do it out of 60,000 years of culture. We were and remain the owners and custodians of this land. God was known and active among Indigenous people prior to colonisation by Europeans. The author of Acts would suggest that the presence of Indigenous Australians was not a matter ...

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The Bible: unique, prophetic and divisive

Formed in 1977 on the basis that its faith and obedience are nourished and regulated by the Bible, the Uniting Church has faced increasing tensions over the way its people read and interprets scripture. Many have identified the question of how we read the Bible as the key underlying issue in the recent divisive debates over homosexuality and leadership in ...

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Teens hang out in Church Council

When a call went out for nominations for church council members of the Toombul District UC, no one expected two members of the youth group to apply. Thirteen year-old Colleen Heffernan and sixteen year-old Rosie Dennis were delighted and surprised when they were elected to their church council. Minister Rev Jan Whyte said the girls are part of a vibrant ...

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Aussies Wary about Trust

Forget about the rule to ‘Love one’s neighbour!’ The truth is, we don’t trust them. According to a report from NCLS Research and Edith Cowan University, only a third of Australians have high levels of trust in the residents of their neighbourhood, researchers found. “Much the same was true for levels of trust toward people of races different from one’s ...

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