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Chaplain makes parole

After twenty-four years in prison ministry in Queensland, lay pastor Charlie Greer retired in July confident that prisons were not the answer to minimising crime. “I am convinced there is a better way of doing it and it is not locking people away for longer. I heard the Premier espousing his prison policy and he said ‘what a wonderful policy ...

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How are we different?

Caught with a bad case of the jitters after the July 7th bomb blasts in London and the not forgotten September 11th, Australian authorities are contemplating the use of racial profiling as a strategy to deal with terrorism. Racism has its foundations in the belief  human beings belong to different races which can be differentiated by culture, ethnicity, skin-colour, national ...

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Curing racism starts closer to home

When it comes to attitudes to Aboriginal people non-indigenous Australians seem to have a massive blind-spot. Despite legitimate debate in the History Wars precipitated by Keith Windschuttle’s controversial writings one wonders whether the real reason in his denying the validity of Aboriginal oral history and missionary advocates on their behalf is so we can avoid seeing or hearing the evils ...

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Zack Sabella – Is peace a lie?

Christian Palestinian Zack Sabella lives in East Jerusalem. Around him the 21-year old sees the Israeli ‘Separation Wall’ being built higher each day. The wall, which was condemned by the United Nations in 2004, separates Israel from Palestine and in some sections reaches as far asĀ  6 km into Palestinian territory. Mr Sabella grew up separated from Israeli’s until he ...

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Humbled and intrigued by Indian experience

Ten Uniting Church members were thrown into a melting pot of faiths, cultures and languages during a a cross-cultural adventure northern India in June/July. As guests of the Church of North India (CNI), a partner church of the UCA, the trip enabled participants to experience the mission and ministry of the CNI in Kashmir, an area claimed by both India ...

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Surfing the state for stories of justice

The result of years of work, Making Waves: Dreaming Justice Today has been released as three publications: the Making Waves book, a companion study guide and resources for worship. From Warwick to Thursday Island the book contains fifteen stories from every region in the state about ways people are involved in social justice. There are stories from an inner city ...

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The road to recovery

Independence in East Timor was a long time coming. Forgiveness and restoration may be an even longer road, but as this small country navigates the way, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for those involved and for those watching. Agustinho de Vasconselos is a minister in the Protestant Church in East Timor and a member of the Commission for Reception, ...

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The church needs you

Faced with a rapidly increasing shortage of ordained ministers to serve in placements in Queensland, congregations and presbyteries are looking to retired ministers, specified lay ministers and untrained lay people to fill vacancies. A greater number of ministers are achieving ordination late in life and not serving through to retirement. This situation has been described as grim. This year six ...

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Crossroads revitalised – broadening opportunities for people with a disability

After almost 30 years of providing devotional, social, recreational and respite services to people with disabilities Crossroads has undergone some significant changes. Crossroads Director Faileen James said Crossroads’ focus was on giving people with a disability more opportunities to participate actively in the wider community and the Church. “Often people with a disability are segregated from the community," Ms James ...

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Website of the Month – Educating Christians

In response to a request from the last Synod for a review of Christian education resources, Mission Consultant Rev Duncan Macleod has been blogging an extensive catalogue of learning resources for use in congregations and small groups. Blogs or weblogs are a relatively new internet phenomenon and are predominantly informal journals that are frequently updated and intended for general public ...

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