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Book review: On the Road with Saint Augustine

James K.A. Smith’s recent book On the Road with Saint Augustine gives readers an opportunity to see how Augustine’s timeless wisdom resonates in the 21st century and how he can be a faithful traveling companion on life’s often complicated journey. Nick Mattiske reviews.    In his book Confessions, Saint Augustine is writing not so much to convince through argument, but ...

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Synod Standing Committee – September 2020

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee meeting—held on Thursday 3 September 2020—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held by video conference due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Project Plenty As we approach Synod in Session, the Synod Standing Committee endorsed and recommended the latest ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 3 September 2020

Across the world, many denominations and churches are celebrating September as the Season of Creation. Particularly for what is now such an urbanised world, this season reminds us that God’s vision for the Kingdom is about creation, not just humanity. The aim of this time is to reconnect us to our fundamental role; to be stewards of creation. The idea ...

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With Love to the World now available on app store

Since 1976, With Love to the World has been publishing a printed booklet of devotional material but has now taken the technological leap with the launch of their mobile device app.  After a delay, With Love to the World is now available on iOS devices, via the App Store. The With Love to the World App was already available on Google Play. ...

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The Atheist and the Protestant

Fresh from his appearance on the No Humble Opinions podcast where he went head-to-head with an “atheist” on the topic of religion, Redcliffe Uniting Church’s Rev Paul Clark reflects on his experience and why he chose to take up the challenge. Entering the world of defending your faith online is a daunting space! It is fraught with danger. Indeed, some ...

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Multiculturalism within the Uniting Church

What does it mean for the Uniting Church to  call itself a multicultural church? As part of Queensland Multicultural Month, Levon Kardashian reflects on the importance of multiculturalism within the Uniting Church. Introduction I use the terms multicultural and cross-cultural interchangeably most of the time. I believe that the word of the cross, in the term “cross-cultural”, is one of ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 21 August 2020

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

During COVID-19, many of us have felt isolated from our friends and loved ones but spare a thought for our seasonal workers who have come from countries like Fiji, Tonga and other Pacific nations that have not been impacted by COVID-19 as much as we have here in Australia. They have come to Australia for an opportunity and are now ...

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Beirut crisis deeply personal for South Moreton Presbytery Multicultural Project Officer

In early August the Lebanese capital of Beirut was in crisis after two devastating explosions at the port left over 150 dead, 6000 injuries and billions in property damage. James O’Callaghan speaks with South Moreton Presbytery Multicultural Project Officer Levon Kardashian about his connection to Beirut and what the church can do to assist. By now you’ve probably seen the ...

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Synod Standing Committee update – August 2020

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee meeting—held on Thursday 6 August 2020—to inform the wider Uniting Church in Queensland community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was held virtually. The Synod Standing Committee resolved unanimously that it communicate regularly with the wider church on non-sensitive matters. ...

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Caring for the vulnerable the key take away as communion goes drive-through

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced churches to radically adjust their standard operating procedures but for Redcliffe Uniting Church there are some things that still require a safe in-person experience. Ben Rogers reports. Most people are used to getting hamburgers or fried chicken from a drive-through but with COVID-19 forcing everyone to innovate and develop creative solutions to meet safety ...

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