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Time to change gears

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

When our daughter was back in Australia for her wedding in February, her new husband offered to do the grocery shopping. Sitting in front of the computer in our home he made his order online and arranged for it to be delivered to their home in London just a few hours after their plane landed. People now have many choices ...

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Love that will not let me go

Mother's Day is 11 May

Throughout an otherwise tumultuous childhood, God’s love could be found in a grandmother’s gentle mothering care, writes Jenny Noble. I am told I started living with Gramma from age three. I can remember being on her farm before that, and I was definitely in her care by my first year of primary school. A dysfunctional marriage coupled with alcohol set ...

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Voices of compassion

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

I have never spoken at a public rally before, but I was happy to lend my voice and prayers to support asylum seekers and refugees. But not everyone in the Uniting Church agrees with my point of view. I certainly didn’t agree with all the people in the crowd, some of whom were wearing T-shirts with slogans I couldn’t support. ...

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Is that a speck in your eye?

2014 is the year of growing faith

Everyone wants to make a difference but that is easier said than done. “Recovering hypocrite” Rev Dr Schalk Pienaar explains that to change the world we should reform ourselves, not others. “In which area of life have you failed the most?” This challenging question was asked in a fellowship group and everyone had an opportunity to provide an answer. I ...

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Giving hand-to-mouth

2014 is the year of growing faith

It was the generosity of people who had almost nothing which taught Katie Wallis the true meaning of giving. Last year I spent a few months living in a boarding hostel for high-school girls in India. I sang with them, played with them, studied with them, and occasionally found myself brave enough to eat spicy Indian curries with them. I ...

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Hope lives here

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

Sometimes life is not all it is cracked up to be. Dreams are lost. Disappointments occur. Doubts creep in. That is what it was like for the friends of Jesus. Travelling with Jesus was an exhilarating ride. People were healed and the stories he told gave people hope for a better community. They expected him to overthrow the oppressive Roman ...

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Fast track for prayer

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

A lady came to visit my office this week and told me about the work she was doing as a pastor in her community. She said that when things get tough they move into a time of fasting and prayer. They fasted for three days like Queen Esther. The police came past the church and said, “Keep praying, we haven’t ...

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Travel guides for the Lenten journey

Lent for Everyone, by NT Wright; Lent Event and The Last Week, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

For many Uniting Church members Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and for participating in Bible study. Lent gives us a special focus in the journey towards Easter as we observe the death of Christ and the celebration of resurrection, writes Neil Thorpe. In the early Church, Lent was a time of preparation for the baptisms which would take ...

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Fielding humility

2014 is the year of growing faith

Humility isn’t about being a wallflower; it’s about how we position ourselves relative to others, says Rev Mark Cornford. I love cricket, but I don’t particularly love Shane Warne. He’s an amazing bowler but someone with an ego the size of Uluru. I was at a function a little while ago where I met a guy and got talking about ...

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We can do better, Tony

Dear Prime Minister, I recently saw the film Philomena and began to wonder whether we, in future years, will be making atonement for our current treatment of refugees. Will people be shocked when they find out what really went on? Will their hearts ache when they find out that these were desperate human beings and not potentially dangerous “illegals”? The ...

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