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From the Editor – September 2006

Newly appointed Chaplain with Wesley Hospital’s Department of Pastoral Care, Sue Duncan, was one person who reflected on her role as Chaplain for this month’s issue of Journey. She said, “When I can humbly meet another’s need I accept the challenge and reality of human suffering knowing that I do not travel this path alone. I go on this path ...

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Reflections from a Country Road

After a short three hour drive to Jandowae the first thing that I noticed hopping out of the car was that almost automatically it felt as if life had somehow slowed down.  The distinct din of the city was gone and the background silence was punctuated by the call of birds and the occasional car.  There was time to breathe ...

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The church on the frontier

IN A WIDE variety of life situations, our ministers and members are frequently in contact with people who have no regular relationship with a local congregation or any other activity of the church. Such interaction often occurs in response to personal, family or community crisis and offers a special opportunity to share the good news of God’s love and grace ...

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Reflections on easy baptism

Parents, with one simple proposition in mind, make a move from home to Church. “We want our baby done”. The Church, a specialty business, acts with the facility of a convenience store. It is not a question of exploring needs, but a repetition of “I want”. No refusal, and no fee. Hundreds knock on church doors each year, a busy ...

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Journey asks: How does music enrich your spiritual journey?

As a little two week old adopted baby from Sri Lanka cried and cried in her crib, her tremendously loving and amazing parents would play music through the night so she could dance herself to sleep. When shopping for shoes, it didn’t matter what colour they were or how many bows were on them…all that mattered was the sound they ...

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From the Editor – August 2006

Throughout my adolescent and adult life I have observed the continuing tension between traditional and contemporary styles of music. There is not always obvious hostility, but one doesn’t have to dig too deep to realise that everyone has their own strong opinion about what makes the best formula for worship. We are essentially creatures of habit. We like the hymns ...

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It was much more than a meeting

A GREAT DEAL of information regarding the recent Assembly has already been distributed and you will find more at www.journeyonline.com.au. As you will see elsewhere, the whole week was notable for the quite superb planning and organisation provided by members of the local Planning Team, worship leaders, light and sound technicians, Synod staff, and a not-so-small army of volunteers from ...

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From the editor: July 2006

In Christ there is no east or west, In Him no south or north; But one great fellowship of love Throughout the whole wide earth. I haven’t sung this hymn for years but I remember the words from my childhood and it has haunted me as we put this edition of Journey together. For over fifty years those who had ...

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Much more than a meeting

NEXT WEEK the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia will convene in Brisbane. An Assembly is much more than you may think, much more than a meeting, not least because people gather from across the nation and from every part of the church. The membership of the Assembly reflects that rich and exciting diversity that helps make the ...

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A Response to UCA Resolution #84

Greg Brown writes to explore why evangelicals should not just walk away from the UCA. Some (and we need to remember, not all) parts of the UCA have been in great pain since the 2003 Assembly. The furore over what has been incorrectly termed the ‘ordination of homosexuals’ decision caught many evangelicals in the church by surprise, and it is ...

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