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Embracing a future not our own

AS I WRITE this reflection we are in the last days of an election campaign where the “forward together” slogan became a bit of a joke. The process of discernment and visioning that we as a Queensland Synod are involved in at the moment, Together on the way, enriching community, is not a joke but a very serious engagement with ...

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Together in prayer

The Uniting Churches at Redcliffe and Samford are intentionally praying for the Together on the way, enriching community process. At Redcliffe we have started a special prayer time on Wednesday nights specifically for this purpose. Some of us were able to go to the Synod office and pray onsite during the last Together on the way visioning day. We are ...

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Being the change

IT IS TEMPTING to stand outside the Together on the way process; to be cynical and negative. What will it achieve anyway? For me active participation in a process like Together on the way, enriching community achieves a great deal. I expect together we will learn something about God and God’s purposes for the world and its people. I expect together ...

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Sexuality secrets set church door swinging

Journey continues its exploration of Brian McLaren’s 10 questions he says are transforming the church. This month is the sexuality question. MATTERS TO do with sexuality are of the most intimate human interactions. That is why people in churches have responded to sexuality issues with such energy and emotion. The Uniting Church has established clear processes to deal with sexual misconduct ...

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On the way

Our Together on the way, en-riching community discernment and renewal process continues. Most people in the Uniting Church across Queensland will by now be aware of the Call and Gospel Values that we have affirmed: The Church’s call at this time In response to God’s Call at this time, the Uniting Church in Queensland is committed to: Uniting in Christ ...

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Global events cause new waves

AUSTRALIA HAS been opening its doors to a wide range of people for a very long time. The social, cultural and economic life of our nation has benefited immeasurably from those who have arrived here to make a new life for themselves after fleeing persecution in their own countries. Despite World War I’s creation of a massive refugee problem in ...

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Journey asks John Jegasothy ; What have you learned from asylum seekers?

At the time of writing, boat people and border protection were major issues in the federal election. The world was watching. The international community, as well as the Australian community, know the atrocities and crimes against humanity committed in countries like Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma and other countries where the victims of war and persecution are fleeing. Asylum seekers ...

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Boundless Plains

ACCORDING TO the Australian Government Department of Immigration, up until mid 1989 Australia processed fewer than 500 refugee applications a year. In June 1989 the Tiananmen Square massacre in China brought the issue of asylum seekers abruptly into the Australian consciousness. Then Prime Minister Bob Hawke made an emotional speech after the Tiananmen Square massacre and granted permanent residency to ...

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Finding shelter

THE FEDERAL Election Hot Issues flyers stated that in 2009 Australia received 6170 applications for asylum. Not all of those applicants arrived by boat, but 90 per cent of those who came by boat were found to be refugees and were granted permanent protection visas. Refugees and humanitarian entrants make up just 6.6 per cent of the places in Australia’s ...

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