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Journey asks Rev David Won Kim: What does Easter mean to you?

EASTER means a resurrection and, according to Leviticus, it is a jubilee; the brand new and the new creation. That is the assurance from God and the meaning of Easter for me and, I believe, the wider Korean community. In the Korean Christian community Easter is like another New Year’s Day, it is like a family reunion. For Korean Christians ...

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Behind Kony 2012

LAST month, the Kony 2012 film became an internet sensation. As the film clip went viral, millions of people throughout the world were exposed for the first time to warlord and internationally wanted criminal Joseph Kony. Focussing on the plight of children kidnapped to fuel the Lord’s Resistance Army, the groundswell of support for the campaign to bring Kony to ...

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What is your greatest life lesson?

"I’m glad I learnt to swim because we got a new swimming pool."Kell Jones, 9, Indooroopilly  Uniting Church "Be very specific in your prayers and one we get told all the time, but I learnt the hard way: do not drive tired!"Kate Wilson, 22, Iona West Uniting Church evening congregation "Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to say ...

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Simple lessons

There are some days where it doesn’t feel like I have learnt anything. But then, as I think about my day, I realise that I have learnt many small things, like the importance of saving my work. Our IT department has a saying: Jesus saves. It came in handy when there was a power out in our street in February ...

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Studying theology

I remember my first class studying at Trinity College Theological College in Auchenflower in Brisbane. I was completing my Period of Discernment as I explored God’s call to the Ministry of Deacon and enrolled in the subject “Introducing Theology”. Sitting in the lecture with about 30 other people I was a feeling a little apprehensive, though I had studied civil ...

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Celebration in paradise

FEBRUARY was a month of celebration at Paradise Point Uniting Church on the Gold Coast. In a growing congregation of 150, a total of 26 newly confirmed members and members-in-association were recognised during worship led by Rev Col Shenfield on 5 February. A further nine new confirmed members were recognised on 12 February. The congregation also celebrated the 20th anniversary ...

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Stuff Kids Ask: How do I know my new friends are nice?

IS dark chocolate yummy or yuck? Do strawberries taste sweet or disgusting? Are swings fun to play on or do they make you sick? What do you think? Did someone else tell you or have you tried these things for yourself and made up your own mind? Sometimes we just have to give things a go and discover what they ...

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Learning together

OUR daughter, Naomi, teaches prep in Proserpine. Last week I asked her if the children were learning letters and numbers yet. “Mum,” she replied, “first they have to learn how to sit on the carpet, put their hand up and take turns to ask a question.” A lot of learning happens before the learning can begin; you need to build ...

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What does belonging as part of the Uniting Church mean to you?

Gathering together and celebrating God’s will. Amelie Toop, 9, Wynnum. Fun, praying and singing songs about God. Andie Lang, 6, Moura. To have fun and praise God. Finlay Niemi, 10, Charters Towers. Being connected. Finn Jewell,10, Oxley. Caring for each other and God’s world. Gillian Watson, 10, Indooroopilly. Belonging to Jesus’ family. Isabella Lamb, 8, Tingalpa. Sing and learn about ...

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