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God’s house should be a safe house

Rainbow colour post-it notes.

“Mum, I just want to tell you I’m gay.” These are the heart-stopping words that greet countless parents both inside and outside the church. As a Christian with pretty black-and-white views on homosexuality, I never thought this would happen to me because my son was a Christian! But it did happen. Late one night 12 years ago my son drove ...

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Sheltering each other at Christmas

Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in the stable. Find refuge this Christmas

Christmas is a time both joy and grief are felt very deeply. Danielle Stott explores how refuge can be found at Christmas, even during the difficult times. It was a sight to behold. My friend had converted her house into a Christmas wonderland. Mini elfs and singing reindeer and tinsel adorned every inch of her property. A sea of presents almost engulfed ...

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Great is thy faithfulness

2014 is the year of growing faith

Faithfulness and trust rely on one another. Wendi Sargeant explores God’s faithfulness to us and our faithfulness to God. In his book, The Faith of the Church, theologian Karl Barth explains that trust is the “essence of faith”. Trust or confidence, as in placing all our trust in God, comes from the Latin fiducia. Fiducia, he says, “is a term ...

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What’s our call now?

Rev David Baker presides over communion after being inducted as Moderator at the opening of the 31st Synod in Session.

“Well, that’s the question, folks, what’s your response?” This was how Brendan McKeague kicked off a day and a half of discernment for the Synod as it met at Alexandra Park Conference Centre in October. The question was, “Our church is on life support; what’s our call now?” About 70 members of Synod stood up and named an issue they ...

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#KnowYourBasis

The Basis of Union is a major part of our history and identity as a church, but Robyn Goodwin asks, does the next generation understand it or even know what it is? The Basis of Union is something Uniting Church members can be really proud of. The fact that it even exists seems pretty miraculous to me. It’s our identity document ...

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Let it go

Elsa from Frozen, mid-singing "Let it go." Photo by Walt Disney.

Janet Staines explains how an oft-repeated line from a Disney song reminds her to forgive. I recently saw a sign outside a school classroom that read, “This classroom has gone 28 days without singing the song from Frozen: ‘Let it go’.” If you have children or grandchildren you will know well the award-winning song from Disney’s animated film Frozen and ...

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Put your hands together for our church!

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

The trouble with the Uniting Church is that we have taken too literally the biblical principle of not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing. Not only that, we are not good at blowing our own trumpet in the community. On the one hand, in Blackall a part-time youth worker is supported by his congregation. Scott ...

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Trust propagates faith

2014 is the year of growing faith

Just as people must trust each other in order to live, trust in God is essential in order to grow in faith, says Rev Noel Kentish. A woman waits on the Darwin hospital verandah, looking across Doctor’s Gully. The baby stirring within her will soon emerge into a hot tropical world. She trusts all will go well for the birth ...

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Let’s not divorce over marriage

A couple's hand over newly signed marriage papers. Photo by Kait Barker.

In the midst of the Uniting Church Assembly’s consultation on marriage, Central Queensland Presbytery Minister Rev Brian Gilbert encourages the Uniting Church to pursue unity in Christ, even amongst differences. My wife Margaret and I have been married for over 36 years. In that time we have always agreed on everything—we live in perfect peace and harmony. Actually, this is ...

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Give from God’s providence

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

I had a delightful conversation with a senior student from one of our Uniting Church schools. He is considering spending a gap year to support a community in a developing country. He thinks he would like the challenge of a cross-cultural experience. Together we chatted about options for volunteering with an Indigenous community, UnitingWorld or another community organisation. He explained ...

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