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Discipleship as core business for the church

“Can there be a shadow side—a risk—in developing a sharper focus on discipleship as core business for the church?” asks Presbytery Minister for the South Moreton Presbytery Rev David Busch. Absolutely. Two immediately come to mind. One is an exaggerated sense of effort. How easily does discipleship become all about us, what we should do, how we should live, what ...

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Book review: Art and Faith

Japanese-American painter Makoto Fujimura’s latest treatise explores the connections between art and faith, “making” in the creative sense and “making” the New Kingdom. Nick Mattiske reviews Art and Faith: A Theology of Making. Makoto Fujimura is a Japanese-American painter who thinks deeply about his vocation of artist and how this intersects with and enlivens his Christian faith. He argues that ...

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Dream Dreams

The power to dream has driven the great minds throughout the ages to create and innovate but in the context of the church what can dreaming dreams provide for the next chapter in the Uniting Church and its place in the community? UnitingCare Queensland’s Connect 100 Coordinator Scott Guyatt considers dreaming past, present and future for the church. “I have ...

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The Uniting Church a good example of unity

Morningside Uniting Church Minister Rev David Kim reflects on the theme of “Uniting in Diversity”, coinciding with Queensland Multicultural Month. The word “unity” is generally translated into a Korean word 연합 (yearn harp, in Chinese 联合). Its literal meaning is to achieve a common goal together. Partnership through MoU would be a good example. So, depending on what the common ...

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Becoming the good news in Timor—a profile on Rev Dr Mery Kolimon

The Evangelical Church of Timor’s first female Moderator, Rev Dr Mery Kolimon, has a vision for the church to be fully immersed in society and ensure the good news transforms the lives of those in the country. UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor profiles Rev Dr Mery Kolimon and explores the important work being done by the church in response to cyclones, COVID-19 ...

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Moving into the intercultural Space

Labels are a funny thing. During my time in ministry I have seen us go from “multicultural” ministry to “cross-cultural” ministry—calling them “multicultural” communities, and then moving to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities—and now we find the latest label, “Intercultural”. But what does this mean? For me, this is the closest expression of what we see in the New ...

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Uniting in diversity

Why is there theological diversity in the church? Wouldn’t it be simpler if we all agreed to hold the same beliefs—about everything? Well yes, it would be simpler. But that doesn’t mean it would be better, writes Dr Paul Jones, Principal of Trinity College Queensland.   The primary reason for theological diversity in the church is that the Bible itself, ...

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Book review: A Most Peculiar Book

As a foundational element of the Christian faith, the Bible has been read by billions, informs the wider moral and social landscape of much of the world and has been the inspiration for many a good (and bad) deed throughout history. But Kristin Swenson’s latest book on the Book tackles the complex and surprising dimensions of the Bible and offers ...

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Moderator’s Medal recipients celebrate long connection with church and community

James O’Callaghan meets Bruce and Sue Tyson, both recipients of a Moderator’s Medal in 2020 which was presented in 2021.  For Sue and Bruce Tyson of Toowoomba, the church has provided them with an outlet to meet people and help those in need. While both were baptised and confirmed—Bruce an Anglican and Sue a Presbyterian—and raised in religious households, it ...

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