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Writing for your life

Imagine filling out the most important form of your life in a language not your own, knowing that time is running out and a mistake may end in deportation. Dianne Jensen visits Indooroopilly Uniting Church where people seeking asylum are being given a warm welcome and a helping hand. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s announcement in late May that asylum seekers ...

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Faith and the big 4-0

Feet on dusty road

The number 40 is mentioned in Holy Scripture over 100 times and its use seems to have less to do with an actual number and more to do with signalling a time of completion and fulfilment, or trial and testing. The following seven stories from the Old and New Testaments where the number 40 is prominent illustrate ways in which ...

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The Big Questions: “Converting the heathen”

Duncan Barlow. Photo: Supplied

It may have been a common phrase in days gone by but talk of “converting the heathen” is now loaded with problematic connotations in a world scarred by western cultural hegemony and interfaith insensitivity. Who is left to convert today and should we be active in that mission? Duncan Barlow, pastor at Toowong Uniting Church who served in Indonesia for ...

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The Referendum and today’s reality

Brooke Prentis. Photo: Supplied

On 27 May 1967, Australia approved two amendments to the Constitution relating to the ability of the Federal Parliament to legislate specifically for Indigenous Australians and for their inclusion in determinations of population. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, Brooke Prentis reflects on the historic occasion and what it means for First Peoples today. The 50th anniversary of ...

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Grace in troubled times

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

In the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple of encounters that once again reminded me of the grace that surrounds us and how that grace can play out in our lives. I was reflecting with a minister on a congregation he was in that was tremendously generous in many ways. When he asked one lay leader why he was ...

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7 ways to preserve your church history

Your church archives may be filled with priceless historical documents and photos but preserving them for future generations is a serious challenge. Journey offers seven tips for ensuring your memories don’t disappear. Seek out treasure Locate historical material onsite and ask members to search through their collections for photos, scrapbooks and so on. The Synod Congregation Document Preservation Policy spells ...

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What do we really mean when we talk about Christian leadership?

Scott Guyatt

You may have heard the phrase “Christian leadership” within church circles. In the Queensland Synod leadership is one of five priority directions. But what does it actually mean and how much should Jesus inform your understanding of it? Scott Guyatt, the Queensland Synod’s director of mission strategy, offers his perspective. We talk so much these days about leadership, and there ...

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Reconnecting with stories that matter

Easter cartoon

Phil Day’s cartoon above highlights the juxtaposition the church in many parts of the west is finding itself in relation to the broader western society. I recently noticed one hotel in Brisbane advertising a family-friendly Easter, with Easter egg hunts, special menus, the whole nine yards. While there are powerful commercial and ideological interests at play now in the Easter ...

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5 forgotten hymns to raise the rafters

forgotten hymns

Favourite hymn Sunday always brings forth musical gems, some long vanished from our contemporary repertoire. The Journey team has come up with five forgotten hymns whose poetry and melodies continue to inspire. It passes knowledge (Together in Song 230) Written by Mary Shekleton (1827–1883) from Dublin. Mary was an invalid for many years, during which time she wrote several hymns ...

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Apocalypse now?

Rev Dr Peter Hobson. Photo: Supplied

Should we still fear the end times as predicted by the Bible? You’ve probably seen end times in films or books but is it just the stuff of wild imaginations or should we as Christians prepare for humanity’s final act? Rev Dr Peter Hobson, Dean of Formation and Dispersed Learning at Trinity College Queensland, offers his perspective.  The Book of ...

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