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Social responsibility review – 19 June

What’s coming up Our Journey – World Refugee Day Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) in partnership with Brisbane City Council presents this celebration of the spirit and courage of refugees – in spoken word, world music and dance at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. World Refugee Day is an annual opportunity for us all to remember that the plight of refugees has ...

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How church pioneers are setting a new course for the future

Karen Bowler from Faith Works Uniting Community in Brisbane (incorporating Eastside Trinity at Norman Park and Coorparoo) reports on the National Pioneer Gathering held at Maroochydore at the end of May. During the three days at the National Pioneer Gathering, 40 incredibly diverse people from across Australia considered why we should, and how we can, do “church” differently. The event ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Couple courts Jesus for legal aid CBC reports on a custody case involving a Canadian couple who cited Jesus Christ as their lawyer and spoke in tongues to a toy lion, claiming it was giving them “direct counsel from God”. Their baby, who the mother wanted to rename “Jesus JoyoftheLord”, was removed ...

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What is the foundation of reality?

While scientists continue to push forward into new frontiers of knowledge about physics, are they getting closer to answering the big questions about our universe’s origins or is the quest for science-based answers doomed to fail? Nick Mattiske reviews a pair of books exploring the big questions about our universe’s known knowns, unknown knowns and unknown unknowns. For some, religious ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 5 May

What’s coming up World Ocean Day will be celebrated on June 8 with people around the planet honouring the ocean. In 2018, World Ocean Day will focus on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Week in review Labor’s plan for Indigenous Affairs In a wide-ranging interview Labor leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 June

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

Sunday night gave us opportunity for about forty folk from the Uniting Church and the Muslim community to fellowship together over the meal that breaks the day’s fast in the Muslim celebration of Ramadan. It’s called an Iftar dinner, hosted by the Synod Interfaith Relations Committee with the 2018 event the second time the dinner has been hosted. It is ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Christian “Warrior” ready for battle The Christian Post profiles Father Stephen Gadberry, an Arkansas pastor competing on the American television show American Ninja Warrior, who is hoping to nab the top prize and share his faith to viewers. “Evangelizing is the primary reason for me doing this,” said Gadberry. “The Lord tells ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 May

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

The President of the Assembly and the North Queensland Presbytery came in to fierce agreement regarding the way the guest worker programme is being managed in North Queensland.  This is “just another issue” for many people who take the plentiful supply of fresh fruit and veges to our supermarkets for granted. But someone has to cut and pick that stuff. ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. “Miraculous” praise for escape from blaze The Express reports on a blaze in a Serbian church that left everything destroyed except the faces of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and Saint Peter on icons. While some were impressed by the apparent miracle there may be a more mundane reason behind the facial ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 22 May

What’s coming up Pray for our Pacific All are welcome to attend an Ecumenical Service to conclude the upcoming forum on climate change displacement, at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Ann St Brisbane, on Sunday 27 May, 11.30am. The guest speaker will be Rev Tafue Lusama, General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Tuvalu. There will be a celebration lunch to ...

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