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From the editor – October 2005

Not normally a fan of Synod meetings, I have often approached them with a certain degree of caution and cynicism however, I found myself surprised and encouraged by the 25th Synod meetings at Carrara last month. A sensitive Convocation of Ministers at Ashmore on the first day of the Synod meeting set a remarkable standard of community and established the ...

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On the brink!

I’ve been reflecting over recent weeks on biblical images consistent with commencing another new phase in my life and ministry, and have found myself returning once again to one of my favourite Old Testament stories. In Joshua Chapter 3, we see the Israelites, the people of God, at a critical point in their history, as they prepare to cross over ...

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Someone forgot to tell God. I am not a good plan.

 It’s the journey, not the passport. Saying’ Jesus is Lord’ is more than a passport, it is a journey. The notion that ‘Christians are better than…’ or those songs that go ‘You made me whole…’ seem to miss the point of our humanity. Weare a work in progress. Jesus tells of the worker that had been working all day and ...

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On doctrine and the Uniting Church in Australia

Now that the Queensland Synod has passed resolutions asking the Assembly to consider amending how matters of vital importance are brought before the whole church and to clarify how we determine doctrinal matters, it seems appropriate to address some important matters raised in the debate about the nature of the church and how the church should work and to get ...

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From the Editor – September

I have to “fess up” that I have racist tendencies. Well, if not racist then at least a xenophobic predisposition. I think deep down, many of us do. It’s not something we are proud of or even like to admit but there is a comfort in the familiar and a discomfort with the stranger. Recently however, I have been increasingly ...

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Journey asks Sandy Huang of her experience of racial prejudice

I come from a Taiwanese family and when I was a teenager, my family decided to immigrate to Australia. I was excited when we arrived as everything was new: new country, new neighbours, new houses, new friends… and new schools. I started attending a high school near home hoping to make more new friends but things do not always go ...

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Offerings to God

"Offering"’ means to most Christians, "the collection". Gifts of money during public worship. These vary between a tithe and a tip. The amount isn’t a true measure. A widow at the Temple giving all, and Dives, the rich man in hell, are part of the reckoning. Suburban churches have changed. Sunday morning choir and Sunday evening worship – these have ...

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