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Love is all around

IN 2005 I spent Christmas morning in hospital in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. I wasn’t sick or injured; I was singing. At that time I was the Army Chaplain deployed to support about 400 Australian Federal Police personnel and 100 Aussie soldiers who were part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The local ...

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Christmas Carolling

SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS has certainly been part of my heritage. As a teenager it was great fun being driven around the suburbs adjacent to the local church on the back of a truck, dangling our legs over the side, singing carols accompanied by an inadequate reed organ or an inaudible guitar. Part of the deal was that we also encouraged householders ...

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War and famine: The real East Africa story

THE MOST insidious aspect of prolonged conflict is the total destruction of the lives of survivors. Once the bullets stop ringing and the staccato of missiles is silenced, the survivors have to try to rebuild their lives from the rubble. Teachers who once dreamt of mentoring future leaders have no classrooms in which to impart knowledge; doctors do not have ...

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The big questions: What don’t you believe?

This year Journey explores questions from the pews, namely from a (fictitious) person exploring faith and the Uniting Church. This month Nova B Lever asks: What don’t you believe? WHAT DO you get when you combine Yusuf Islam, progressive Uniting Church members, an altar call and the school chaplaincy program? It started with a brilliant documentary about singer-songwriter Cat Stevens ...

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Deifying Einstein

FOR THE past few months we here in the Communication Services Unit and other Synod departments have been working on how we can be a more effective, productive and creative team for the church we serve. It is part of the Together on the way, enriching community journey and our part of the Church’s goal for developing sustainable and mission ...

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Loving with all your mind

YOU SHALL love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength. (Deut 6:5; Matt 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27) This, we are told, is the first and greatest commandment. It has been the subject of much thought and prayer for thousands of years. But what does it mean ...

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Creation, carbon and Christianity

RECENTLY THE Federal Government signalled its intention to implement a regime to “put a price on carbon”. The Uniting Church, through me as President, and UnitingJustice and UnitingCare, welcomed that announcement. I know there will be some of our members who take a different view. But our position on this is consistent with our previous commitments and with the broad ...

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The big questions: Isn’t ‘church’ the people?

This year Journey explores questions from the pews, namely from a (fictitious) person exploring faith and the Uniting Church. This month Nova B Lever asks: Isn’t ‘church’ the people? I AM AMAZED by the impact of generous people. I was a guest at a Rotary club dinner a few weeks ago, where the group of 45 members gave away $35 ...

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