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Getting to the heart of sorry

Dr Gilbert Bond

It’s a word we hear almost daily in some form or another but Dr Gilbert Bond explores the history behind “sorry” and how we can forgive others when confronted by horrific acts of inhumanity. On any ordinary day one hears the word “sorry” uttered on numerous occasions. Without “sorry” the friction of ordinary interactions between people would eventually generate intolerable ...

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Think local, connect to the global

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

There was an old bumper sticker that said, “Think global, act local”. Our faith speaks about the great universal themes of creation, of reconciliation, of salvation. The Uniting Church, particularly, is energised by the large and broad issues that humanity and the nation are facing—anthropogenic climate change, the global refugee crisis, the world economic order. Yet for many of us, ...

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Revisiting seven heavenly virtues

Seven heavenly virtues

What’s so bad about being good? Journey examines the traditional list of seven heavenly virtues, and how they might continue to guard our hearts from the perils of the contemporary age. Chastity With almost 80 per cent of couples living together before marriage, this is one virtue that contemporary western Christians can find awkward. Let’s reclaim the virtue of the ...

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Five mental health awareness ideas for October

Colourful Called to Care branded graphic.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five Australians aged 16 to 85 live with some form of mental health issue. Journey looks at five ways you can raise awareness and dialogue around mental health issues in October to coincide with Queensland Mental Health Week (9–15 October). Organise an art exhibition Scott Guyatt recently wrote in The Scoop ...

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Five things you should never say about someone’s disability

(Left to right) Uncle John Baxter, Mary Henley-Collopy and Meredith Allen attended the Exclusion and Embrace conference in Melbourne. Photo by Sue Hutchinson.

Disability is everyone’s business. Following her feature on disability and faith, Sue Hutchinson shares five of the most insensitive comments someone could make to a person with disability. Never say “It’s God’s will” or “It’s all part of God’s plan”.     Never imply that disability is punishment for sin.     Never relate the disability to faith, such as “a test of ...

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Let’s talk youth and sin

Photo of an iPhone on top of a Bible.

From nude selfie sharing to hard drugs, there’s an abundance of dangerous temptations for today’s youth. Rev Tom Kerr grapples with sin and guiding our young people with a Christ-like love. You’ve seen the news headlines about violence at out of control house parties, teen nude photo sites and the Ice epidemic. Youth, sin and theology. I think we’d better ...

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Standing in solidarity for safe ministry

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

October, the month the jacarandas come out, when students see the signs and start studying for exams, when storms roll across the land. It’s the month when we start planning for the end of the year and look forward to what we will focus on in the new year. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will ...

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Mission-Ready (or not)

Author Rev Dr Andrew Dutney. Photo by the Uniting Church in Australia, National Assembly.

The Basis of Union may have been completed in the late sixties but it provides an ongoing instrument of renewal and encouragement. Rev Dr Andrew Dutney reflects on the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document’s past and what it offers us in the present. It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Basis of Union. But I also realise that it ...

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Facing the fundamentals of fatherhood

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

Generally, in Australia anyhow, Father’s Day seems more important to automotive goods stores and Harvey Norman than anyone else. And fathers don’t seem too upset about that. A pat on the back, and a “Thanks, Dad” is enough for most; we’re mainly low-key about fathers. In a lot of television sit-coms since the 1960s they’ve pretty much played the standard ...

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Revelation: first century speaks to the twenty-first

Rev Dr Neil Sims. Photo was supplied.

Much theological debate centres on the apocalyptic and prophetic Book of Revelation but what can be drawn from it for today’s society? Rev Dr Neil Sims reflects on Revelation, its historical context and the questions it poses for us today. This year, I have begun to lead two small groups in a study of the last book of the Bible, ...

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