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The big questions: Where is the joy in church?

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: Where is the joy in church?I FEEL sorry for our minister. She’s a happy person, and certainly reflects a lot of joy whenever I speak with her. She asked me to help one Sunday morning ...

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Retiring happy

A YEAR eight student was asked by her teacher, “What do you want to be when you grow up”? “I want to be happy,” was the reply. The teacher responded by saying, “I’m sorry, I don’t think you understood my question.” The student replied as respectfully as she could, “I understand the question, but do you understand life?” I suspect ...

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Time for Methodists to dance

IS SIMPLY being happy too much to ask? There are plenty of preachers who tell me it’s not enough, but that’s not the question. Happiness is a big deal. It’s the subject of innumerable clichés, jokes, books and grandmotherly pieces of advice. When my career bores me, when my marriage is hard work, when I need one day off to ...

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Journey asks Ryan Drake – How are you called to care for creation?

BRISBANE BOYS’ College Sustainability Group was established in 2010 to address the growing concern amongst some students as to the school’s response to issues revolving around climate change. There is an increasingly growing movement of youth today who are called to be stewards for the environment and protect God’s creation for future generations to enjoy. In Deuteronomy we learn that ...

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Journey asks Suzie Castle – How are you called to care for creation?

MY CALL to care for creation is based in scripture and woven into my call to discipleship. As discipleship is expressed through stewardship, I am accountable and responsible for how my imprint impacts creation and calls me to seek actions that glorify God. The stewardship mandate to care for, or serve, God’s creation (Gen 2:15), motivates me to tread lightly ...

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Journey asks Alistair Macrae – How are you called to care for creation?

 IT ISN’T listed in the traditional lists of Christian virtues but in formulating a contemporary list a strong biblical and theological case could be made for living sustainably. The developed world’s greed (one of the seven deadly sins) is placing the planet in peril through massive over consumption by the rich. The gap between rich and poor is increasing, species ...

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The big questions: How do small churches celebrate communion?

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: How do small churches celebrate communion? MY SON and I were driving home from a visit up north and stayed overnight in a small town where we went to worship on Sunday morning. We’re still ...

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It’s not easy being green

I’VE ALWAYS been an armchair greenie. I have the passion for it, but perhaps lack the conviction to be a model environmental citizen. But this year all that was going to change. I bought a bike so I could ride to work rather than drive, but the mountain between home and the office has dissuaded me somewhat. Then the dog ...

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Consuming our eco-mission

SOME YEARS ago I heard an interview with a farmer who said he had changed from being a cattle producer to being a “preserver of soil”. For years he had focused on producing cattle as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. He kept data about the amount of fertilizer he used to keep his farm producing. He knew the most ...

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Journey asks Lyn Burden: Who inspires you?

THERE ARE many courageous people in this world whose stories are inspiring. On a personal level I have been inspired by the person who was my supervisor during the field year of ministry training, Rev Dr Norma Spear (although she was still working on her doctorate in those days). Norma was the minister of the Glebe Road Uniting Church congregation, ...

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