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Journey wins top honours

In its best ever performance, Journey took home two gold awards and a bronze award from the 2010 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards in Tasmania in September. Journey was presented the gold award for best feature (multiple authors) for the July 2009 edition which looked at the 20th anniversary of the Fitzgerald inquiry and the Church’s role as a ...

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Lives are at Stake: mandatory detention must end

THE UNITING CHURCH in Australia has called on the Australian Government to urgently review the policy of the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. The Director of UnitingJustice Australia, the Uniting Church’s national justice agency, Rev. Elenie Poulos said, “The tragic events at Villawood Detention Centre this week are a stark reminder of what the Government knows to be true: the ...

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Pinpointing property prospects

THE UNITING Church in Queensland is embarking on a process to gain a fresh understanding of how it can use property resources for mission, beginning with an online Property Assessment Tool. All congregations and faith communities with beneficial use of property have been requested to provide information in the online survey about their current property usage and how well each property ...

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Music community strikes a chord online

IN A FIRST for the Uniting Church a new online Christian community has been launched, with a focus on music and worship. The site, www.ncycmusic.com.au, allows composers and songwriters to upload songs, lyrics and chord charts and allows attendees of the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) and people in congregations to browse, listen to and download music for use in worship. ...

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NAIDOC heroes help close gap

THE THEME of the 2010 NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week in July was Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way. Journey asked two people who their unsung hero was and why. Uniting Church President Rev Alistair Macrae said his unsung hero is a representative of a whole group of unsung heroes. “His name is ...

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Flying bid to ground malaria

EVERY 30 SECONDS a child dies of malaria. Each year one million people will die of malaria. Two Victorian pilots, Ken Evers and Tim Pryse, pictured left with Jonathan from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) (centre), have completed a circumnavigation of the world to raise money for malaria programs. On the Millions against Malaria journey they visited places like New Orleans, Uganda, ...

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Will your Federal MP help make poverty history?

Voters in the seat of Ryan will have the chance to hear if their candidates for Federal Parliament want to help Make Poverty History at a forum being held at University of Queensland St Lucia Campus on Thursday 29th July 2010. Make Poverty History Spokesperson Steph Carter said the forum was a chance for voters to learn about their prospective ...

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Election heats up poverty issues

THE COUNTDOWN to this year’s federal election prompted candidates to address voters in a series of forums in June. Make Poverty History along with Micah Challenge is arranging around 60 electoral forums in marginal Federal Electorates across Australia. In Queensland, Make Poverty History forums have been held in the electorates of Moreton, Bonner, Brisbane and Dickson. More than 70 constituents ...

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Caloundra wins climate change award

ON WORLD Environment Day (5 June) Caloundra Uniting Church was announced a joint winner of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) Climate Change Award for communities. ARRCC is a multi-faith network committed to taking action on this most pressing issue of our time. Caloundra Uniting Church shares the award with the Anglican Church Diocese, Canberra/Goulburn. The ARRCC award ...

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Long walk for Bible translations

THREE FRIENDS will walk from Cairns to Stanthorpe from August to November this year to spread the word that there are 2000 languages – representing 350 million people – that still don’t have the Bible. Dave Carnell, Andrew Carnell and Andrew Sav will walk 2000km over 80 days. Mr Sav said he thought it wasn’t fair that there are so ...

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