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Cracking the church code

WHILE AT university I dabbled in the study of world religions. I remember someone from my Church questioning me about it; he wanted to know why I wasn’t studying the Old Testament. The truth is that, as a 19-year-old, the Old Testament did not interest me as much as learning how my faith fitted into a world full of different ...

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On the long road to unity

MOST OF us have seen the sign: “There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet”. That might be true but we all know that sometimes it can be a long journey from stranger to friend. We are naturally cautious when we meet with strangers. What are these strangers like? Are they friend or foe? Are they a ...

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Adhering to the Basis of Union

AS A MINISTER in the Uniting Church, who promised to adhere to the Basis of Union at ordination, I believe that one aspect of my role that is non-negotiable is my involvement in ecumenism. The Basis of Union describes how the three Churches that came into union recognised their separation as denominations as unfaithful to the gift and will of ...

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Just a Thought

Over the weekend I was tripping about in my car and I heard an advertisement that went something like “Thank you Jesus for cricket” and then in a range of voices thanking Jesus for sunny days, for healing aunty, for the snooze button. It went on for a while with mostly trivial and self-serving thank you points. A voice over ...

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Navigating Monopoly

HOW DO children learn about the world of property and finance? They play games that simulate adult experiences. And one of the world’s most famous games is Monopoly. The history of Monopoly dates back to 1904 when a Quaker named Elizabeth Magie invented The Landlord’s Game in an attempt to teach people about Henry George’s single tax theory and the ...

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Following the homeless shepherd

I HAVE just listened to an early morning talkback program on Radio National. I came into the conversation during a discussion with a City Councillor from Alice Springs who was defending the Council’s decision to introduce a by-law to prohibit begging on the streets of Alice Springs. It opened up a fascinating conversation about the apparent increase of begging in ...

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Healing the sick

EXCELLENCE IN health care and promoting the health of our patients and the good of the community is part of the work of God in the world. I believe that is what we do at UnitingCare Health (UCH). Having worked in the healthcare system for almost ten years, I am grateful for our standards and access to medical care. Through ...

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Journey asks Anne Brown: What are your hopes and dreams for the Uniting Church in Australia?

INITIALLY I dreamed of churches filled with worshipping families, that all generations may know the joy and the reality of Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Times change, structures and strategies change, we change and communities change, but God is our constant. I hope that the Uniting Church in Australia embraces these changes, seeing them as opportunities to listen and discern ...

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Journey asks Rev Alistair Macrae: What are your hopes and dreams for the Uniting Church in Australia?

MY HOPE is that the Uniting Church will creatively build on the strengths and gifts it brings to the whole Church and to our community. We have a unique but complex relationship with the First Peoples of this land through the Congress. This relationship needs careful attention, honesty, patience and forgiveness if the Church is to model to the wider ...

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