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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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Diverse, dispersed community

Jeff and Jean, from Oregon, USA, are part of my community. I have never met them. Years ago my husband used to order bicycle parts from a mail order catalogue, but in time orders were placed by email. Little notes, photographs and snippets of family news started appearing on the emails as the orders went back and forth. This year ...

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Nursing Pacific partnerships

UnitingCare Health Director of Mission, Helen Dick, tells of the fruitful partnership with Helena Goldie Hospital, Munda, and the celebration of their first nursing graduates. "They trust us now because we keep coming back," commented Wendy Zernike on the continuing visits of UnitingCare Health teams to the Solomon Islands. In her role as Director of the Clinical School at the ...

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Touched by the untouchables

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 of all ages. Callide Valley's Pastor Donna Muston writes. Earlier this year, filled with a large measure of trepidation and excitement, I found myself in a group of twelve visitors to northern India. Organised by the ...

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