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Sport, porn and good Aussie culture

IT used to be the rule not to talk about religion or politics at a dinner with people you don’t know. These days I add sport to that list. Not because I don’t have an interest in sport, I do. I love certain sports but they are usually the sports (e.g. gymnastics) that don’t get any media attention and the ...

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Pastoral statement on Christmas island tragedy

ON behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, I offer our thoughts and prayers for the safety of the asylum seekers affected by the latest tragedy off Christmas Island. Our prayers are also with the rescuers as they do all they can to help the survivors. The tragedies of today and last week have once again drawn our attention to ...

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Life Overflowing: To have life, and have it abundantly

JESUS said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10.10 is a favourite verse for many people, including me. I went to it for a theme for the three years of this Assembly. The verse is translated in different ways. In addition to the NRSV version that I just used, the NIV has it ...

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Journey asks Gwen Rowe: How do you enrich your community?

FOR me, stewardship with regard to people is simply based on the song If I can help somebody. The lyrics say: "If I can help somebody as I pass along … then my living will not be in vain." Stewardship of the earth is not difficult as God's beautiful creation is all around us. That reminds me of other songs: ...

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Journey asks Anne Jeays: How do you enrich your community?

WE were a small part of an ecumenical team that worked together to keep the heritage-listed Mt Mee Church as a community resource. It was built in 1922 by the Mount Mee community with donated land, materials and labour. By 1985 the church was in danger of becoming a ruin and the grounds were unfenced and untended. It was important ...

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Growth found through vision

I really don't like talking about money. Like most pastors I like tobe liked and I know that as soon as I talk about money there will be some in our church who won't like me! Rather than speaking too much about money in the church we end up speaking too little, if anything, regarding stewardship This is a serious ...

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Coming of age

“PEOPLE of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches have united. A new church has been born.” It was with these words 35 years ago that the Uniting Church in Australia was created. To celebrate, the church issued a Statement to the Nation that spoke of the importance of every human being, the proclamation of truth and justice, and our responsibility ...

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Tending the house of God

IT’S that time of the year again when charities remind their supporters to donate and get the benefit of a tax deduction. Government policy rewards generosity. Last year the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, based at QUT Business School, released a study of tax-deductible gifts claimed for the 2008-2009 financial year. Based on that data, mixed crop and livestock farmers claim the highest percentage of their income, about 3.4per cent. ...

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