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Leading Lady

I REMEMBER that my Grade Three teacher had to resign because she was getting married. On parade we gave her a shiny new electric kettle, but I now realise that the gift was little compensation for giving up the vocation for which she had trained. Later I learned that her wages would not have been equal to the Grade Four ...

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Losing my mum

I SAT in a church service a few years ago and the person giving the message that day talked about the reasons we celebrate Mother’s Day. I found myself getting angry as I thought of the people for whom this would not be the case. My Mum died very suddenly of an asthma attack. I miss her every day. We ...

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Uniting gifts for the whole

AS I THINK about the place of women in the Uniting Church today, I find myself reflecting on the number of comments that have been made about the fact that the last Synod meeting appointed a female General Secretary and elected a female Moderator. I have heard no negative comments, in fact most have been affirming. Yet I have never ...

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Reclaiming feminism

I HAVE a lot of respect for the feminists and feminist theologians, both men and women, who have worked hard for the privileges we enjoy today. Yes, I used the ‘f’ word – feminism. The word gets a bad wrap these days. Feminism is about defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and opportunities for women. Feminism ...

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The big questions: Church? do I just turn up?

This year Journey explores questions from the pews, namely from a (fictitious) person exploring faith and the Uniting Church. This month a friend asks Nova B Lever: Church? Do I just turn up? A FEW weeks ago a work colleague and I had one of those water cooler conversations about “God, church and stuff”. I suggested my friend visit a ...

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Easter Message from the Moderator

This year has been a time of great stress and suffering across our state and in many parts of the world. While there are many like me who were not directly affected, we have all felt the pain of those who have lost so much and been so grief stricken. Can I assure you all that I have continued to ...

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Easter provides hope

FOR THOSE with ears to hear the groaning of creation has become a roar: environmental degradation, inequitable access of the worlds people to life’s basic necessities, violence and terror – so many people have reason to echo Jesus’ gut-wrenching cry from the cross: ‘My God, why have you abandoned me?’ This Easter, as always, Christians will inhabit the core story of ...

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The big questions: What is the Basis of Union?

This year Journey explores questions from the pews, namely from a (fictitious) person exploring faith and the Uniting Church. This month our (fictitious) church goer, Nova B. Lever, asks: What is the Basis of Union? I WAS PUZZLED about our denomination’s name. There are plenty of ‘united’ churches around the world. Considering there’s been no sign of anyone else joining ...

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Working for Justice

The 28th Synod affirmed a five line Call for the Uniting Church in Queensland in discerning the future of the Church. This edition we look at the final phrase: Working for justice. WHAT IS justice? Where do we start? How can we change the world? How do we stand against injustice? These are all questions I ask myself regularly and each ...

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A growing intolerance

I’VE NEVER been more preoccupied with food than when I couldn’t have it. Many times in the past few years there have been weeks when even the sight of food made my stomach churn. I thought I had a virus, but it looks like it may be a gluten intolerance. Research suggests that up to 15% of people (1 in ...

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