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Christmas: it’s Good News

I did it again this week! On a whim, I typed the words “good news” into the search engine of my computer and was directed to 860,000,000 internet web sites. One of the best is a site called The Good News Network. It is entirely devoted to collecting good news stories from around the world. If you are wearied by ...

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From the Editor – December 2006

A pregnant girl travels with her fiancé to the distant city of Bethlehem to pay their taxes and she gives birth to a son in less than adequate circumstances. A fat old man in a red suit comes down the chimney with a bag of presents. What Jesus and Santa Claus have in common is that they represent unconditional love: ...

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Favourite Saints

JOURNEY ASKED people to name a favourite saint or hero. George MacLeod, the founder of Iona Community (1938), became a campaigner for nuclear disarmament. His life story continues to inspire my commitment to holistic worship, social justice and ecumenism. Duncan Macleod,Vision for Mission Advocate Padre Meraj Masihi who in the late 70s and early 80s was pastor to the small ...

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Reflecting on marriage and its discontents

I VIVIDLY remember, a couple of years ago, driving my kids home from school. My oldest son wanted to listen to Triple M. The music wasn’t great (not enough actual rock), but I went along with it anyway. To my surprise – it was, after all, mid-afternoon – an ad came on the radio for Naughty but Nice, the popular ...

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From the Editor – November 2006

All right, I admit it. I hate Halloween and all the garbage that goes with it. Each 31 October I put a sign on our front door that says “No Tricks and No Treats”. I don’t have to buy any lollies but I do have to wash the smashed egg off the front of the house next morning. Not only ...

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Where are our saints and heroes?

I SUBSCRIBE to The Bulletin as one way of keeping in touch with news and events around the world. I read the October 10th issue with a growing sense of unease. It included the following stories: the alarming increase in the number of Australians addicted to methamphetamines (known as “ice”); a crisis within the indigenous community at Maningrida over allegations ...

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Moderator – Confessing Congregations – where to from here?

After considerable thought, I have chosen to make a statement in this issue of Journey regarding the proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC). At this point in time we do not have all the information we need, but my comment here is based on the material that has been made available so far and on my participation in a dialogue ...

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From the Editor – October 2006

With Australians spending more than $3.5 billion a year on weddings celebrations it’s no wonder parents quake with anxiety. A reception for 70 people can cost $10,000, the dress $2,500, flowers $400, wedding cars $1,200 and a honeymoon to Fiji $5,000. It doesn’t take long for the cash register to ring up $30,000 or more; something in the league of ...

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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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