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From the editor: June 2006

During the hundred years of legislated Religious Education in Queensland State Schools the changes in our community have been astounding. The increasingly multi-cultural, multi-faith and secular aspects of our society have continued to put pressure on our churches’ “right of entry” to schools and now Christian Religious Education is just one of many options available to parents when their children ...

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Living with diversity

AS THE 10th Assembly approach-es, it is apparent that the issue of living with diversity in the church will again be the focus of considerable attention and reflection, not least because further debate on sexuality and leadership will be a major item on the agenda. How much diversity is a good thing? When we look at the world around us, ...

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It’s God’s creation and our stewardship

In the Biblical tradition, and in the faith of the people of God, there is a strong, recurring emphasis on the role of God in creation. Creation declares the power and the greatness of God. The beauty and complexity of nature bear witness to the existence of God. I lost count long ago of the number of conversations I have ...

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From the editor: May 2006

It has been a learning experience reflecting on our ecological situation while watching the succession of cyclones, floods and drought beset our state of Queensland. As an observer of our ecological dilemmas and often guilt-ridden citizen I have spent too little time theologising about my relationship with the earth in which I live and it has only been in researching ...

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The real crisis is spiritual

The emerging consensus between many theologians and scientists is that we are facing a global environmental crisis and it is becoming increasingly urgent that we should begin to address the “ecocrisis” facing our modern industrial world. It is not being melodramatic to say that the future of life on our planet is at stake and there are a number of ...

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Practical action is one way forward

The evangelical Climate Initiative submits the following statement as a basis statement for engagement in the emerging battle for the environment. “The same love for God and neighbour that compels us to preach salvation through Jesus Christ, protect the unborn, preserve the family and the sanctity of marriage, and take the whole Gospel to a hurting world, also compels us ...

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Proclaiming faith through a biocentric theology

In 1990 the Queensland Synod agreed that we must respond to the environmental destruction around us in order to make any meaningful proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. Fifteen years on it’s worth asking whether we missed the boat. But it is not only the environmental crisis which we need to respond to. How many of us have really allowed the ...

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Christians called to care for the earth

SEVERAL HUNDRED people took the long trek west of Hobart to the Styx Valley, an area of primal forest featuring majestic gum trees that were old when Captain Cook sailed up Australia’s eastern coast and for several years the focal point in the forestry debate in Tasmania. Those making this journey included church goers, forest workers and conservationists. They gathered ...

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Resurrection needed

I am writing in response to the article in the April journey on re-thinking Easter by Noel Preston. Rev Dr Greg Jenks is quoted as arguing that Mark’s gospel “draws on cultural myths of the ancient world to recount a story of a ‘Divine/Crucified Hero'”. First, I wonder why Journey would promote such a story, taking up almost half a ...

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Synod memories

I appreciate all that you and your team do to produce Journey on a monthly basis. It is manifest that there is a high degree of sheer hard work and much inspiration too to achieve and sustain such a high standard. I am forwarding this message for your information and not with a view to its publication though you are ...

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