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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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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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