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Lead vulnerably

When I was preparing to serve in the role of moderator a friend lent me a book on leadership. Leadership on the Line is by Ronald Heifetz, a physician who plays the cello, and Marty Linsky, who has a background in politics and the media. Neither of the authors is a theologian, but the last section of the book focuses on body ...

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I needed help and I knew it

I knew I was in trouble when I was sleeping poorly and my usually sunny nature gave way to a cloudy, stormy self. In 2009 a series of things converged in my life and I was diagnosed with depression. The triggers included being very tired because we lived next to a major road, I was away more than 100 nights ...

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More than meets the Y

Kerry Marnane examines what discipleship means for an emerging generation in the church. As a member of Generation Y, I have heard the labels so often attributed to us. True, we are as a whole reluctant to commit—be it to events, careers or relationships; and we so often display a sense of entitlement—to a better future, better opportunities and higher standard ...

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Reining in loose change

A movement to divest of fossil fuel shares as a means to limit global warming is gaining momentum. Marguerite Marshall encourages Christians to steward their finances to support care of the earth. Divesting our fossil fuel shares and investing in clean renewable energy goes to the very heart of our lives as Christians to care for God’s creation and to ...

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Start with Jesus

When we think about discipleship, we often dwell on the things we think we should be doing but are failing to do. But Christian discipleship—Gospel discipleship—doesn’t start with us, it starts with Jesus and goes out from there, says Rev Shane Kammermann. As a young man, Christ met me and changed my life. I have never gotten over it! But ...

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Grace at work

Some years ago we received a business card in the mail from a car salesman looking for business. I recognised the unusual name on the card and remembered that he and my father had once been friends. They had parted in bad company because my father had lent him a significant amount of money and it had never been paid ...

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Politicising youth justice

Recent changes to the Juvenile Justice Act have gone largely unreported, but were highly politicised and do nothing to prevent reoffending, says Steve Skitmore from Youth Affairs Network Queensland. It's been a long time coming. In June 2009, then-Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg flagged huge changes to the Juvenile Justice Act under a Liberal National Party Government in Queensland. ...

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Make disciples; love our neighbours

The Year of Discipleship is part of the Uniting Church in Queensland's Vision 2020, focusing on the call to form active and accountable disciples. Catholic chaplain Gary Stone elaborates on his Norman and Mary Miller address to the 30th Synod. I was delighted to be able to come and share my story during the 2013 Queensland Synod. I was so ...

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