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Shining a light on forced adoption

The national apology for past forced adoption, held in Canberra on 21 March, was a day of high emotion, says Trevor Jordan. I never met the woman who gave birth to me. She had died two years before I located my sister, who looked after her for the last eleven years of her life. I still have not brought myself ...

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Easter message from the Moderator

As I have thought about our nation and the devastation experienced by so many from droughts, fires, floods, storms and cyclones I have been wondering what does resurrection look like for those people? The signs of ruin abound – cracked earth of outback properties, scorched earth blackened and sheds melted and mangled, paddocks strewn with debris, the once productive orchards ...

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Called to follow the risen Lord

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. Easter has much to do with discipleship, says Chris Walker. Who will we decide to follow when it really counts? The heart of Christianity is Easter. This is seen by the space each ...

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Take the time to reflect during Lent

For me, the season of Lent is about making space and time to reflect on my life with God. In some ways this runs counter to the pace of life around us. Most organisations have just resumed meeting after the long break over the summer holidays. They are building momentum, working on the goals for the year, reviewing strategic plans ...

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Electricity prices linked to rise in poverty

UnitingForChange is a new online engagement project launched by UnitingCare Australia. Below is the first article in The Things that Matter series, by UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds. One of the persistent causes of poverty in Australia in recent years is the steep rise in electricity prices. In this election year, a priority for UnitingCare Australia is to ...

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The art of Easter: transforming the ordinary

Spiritually motivated art enriches us by its affirmation of our faith, laid bare through the artist's own struggle to search out meaning, says Queensland artist Marion McConaghy. As an artist, I am often taken off-guard by the impulse to create. When visiting my brother the other day, I discovered him dismantling his wooden sawhorse. Three splintered pieces lay discarded at ...

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Closing the Gap report card: room for improvement

Indigenous communities in remote and urban areas experience heightened levels of disadvantage in spite of government commitments, says Sue Hutchinson. The Australian Government made a formal commitment in 2008 to close the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in health, housing, early childhood, education, economic participation and remote service delivery. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) set measurable targets in ...

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Embodying the power of Lent

One of the most powerful Easter experiences I have had was attending Albert Street Uniting Church in Brisbane City. Sure, the heritage-listed building surrounded by intricate stained-glass windows flooding warm colours down the walls is stunning, but it was a different kind of art that moved me. Under the pulpit was the head of Christ, as seen on the cover ...

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Neighbours rally to rebuild Samoa

Tropical cyclone Evan struck the Samoan island group on 13 December, bringing death and destruction. Indooroopilly Uniting Church member Paul Tomane returned to his village in Samoa in early January to help family and friends, and he describes the weeks that followed. The island of Upolu, where the capital Apia is located, bore the brunt of the 150km/ hour strong ...

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Not by our words, but by the way we live

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. This month, Geoff Thompson explores how the church is re-claiming this concept. Jesus once asked his disciples who the people said he was. Apparently some thought he was John the Baptist, some Elijah, ...

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