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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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Continuing the journey

Welcome to a new-look Journey! The Uniting Communications team is excited to bring you this refreshed publication. Thank you to those who participated in our 2012 readership survey. Your feedback is invaluable and will assist us to deliver even better content in the coming year. Regular readers will notice a few changes (other than our new design by Uniting Communications ...

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Armstrong’s fall from grace

Lance Armstrong is being harshly judged in the court of public opinion, the same court in which he willingly sought acclaim. He has chosen not to play the game by the rules of the sport that brought him so much fame and financial reward, says ethicist Trevor Jordon. As much as we would love sport to be a venue for ...

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Called to be disciples of Christ

I once signed up for an elective called "Radical Discipleship" at a youth camp. It wasn't quite what I expected. I had been a committed Christian for about five years and I was ready to stretch into following Jesus in a more radical way. I thought that radicals were the ones who would turn up at street marches, call the ...

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