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Reclaiming the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

I find it difficult to write about the spirit of God, particularly as prose. My words want to dance into poetry and metaphors prance around the page. Gusts and breezes, breath and mist, intuition and wonder, hearts on fi re strangely warmed. My words will simply not behave! Settle down and form sentences. The Scriptures suggest the Spirit was there ...

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Preparing for the discipleship journey

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. Linda Hamill implores people to embrace their discipleship gifts this Pentecost. Discipleship is about being disciplined in what we do. At Pentecost, the first disciples of Jesus made a stand for what they ...

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Selflessness, sacrifice and the still small voice

This edition of Journey is all about celebrating those who put others before themselves. From prison chaplains (page 14) to volunteers who work tirelessly for a cause or organisation they believe in. The Uniting Church is full of these people. Sometimes they are up the front urging people to understand the difference we can make in the lives of others; ...

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Rebuilding community, again

Exactly two years, two months and two days after the terrible floods of January 2011, the people of Laidley, west of Brisbane, were inundated once again. But while the flood waters swept away so much, they couldn't take the community's spirit. Laidley Uniting Church minister Euan McDonald reflects on the months that followed. Our church still has many reminders of ...

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Fashioning disciples for a hurting world

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. Mel Perkins reminds us that we are all 'works in progress' on the discipleship journey. Life throws up many challenges that get us thinking about faith, and sometimes being a disciple is hard. ...

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How welcome are those who bring peace

I visited Alex a few times after I had conducted his wife's funeral. He recalled being in school one hot afternoon in Rockhampton when a man came running through the grounds announcing, "The war is over! The war is over!" The man continued on his way, jumping over fences and running through back yards to let everyone know that the ...

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Living in the service of others

One of the things I love about the Uniting Church is the long-standing commitment of its members to support the marginalised and to work for peace and justice. These values are woven into the fabric of the Uniting Church in Australia. We see this in the formation of services like Lifeline, which celebrated 50 years in March (page 14). After ...

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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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