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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Bringing light to the land of the rising sun CBN News reports on the increasing suicide rate in Japan and how the nation’s Christians are responding to the crisis. According to government stats, the suicide rate among young people is the highest in 30 years and there is a growing ...

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How to help your community when disaster strikes

Everyone wants to help in a crisis. By being prepared and understanding the local disaster management plan, churches can act quickly and use their resources where they are most effective. Here’s a checklist drawn from the new Queensland Synod publication Good advice for churches, congregations and faith groups ministering in disaster-affected communities. Understand the big picture. Government agencies, volunteer groups ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 12 February

Voluntary assisted dying: we need to hear your voice Since its inception the Uniting Church has committed itself to bringing the truth of the gospel to the situations of human life, both individually and socially. At times this commitment brings us into the challenging and difficult spaces of life where we face the vulnerability, fragility and ambiguity of existence. Last ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Does The Monthly really know the faith of ScoMo? Eternity News takes The Monthly to task over their article exploring Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Christian faith. Declaring The Monthly “disastrously wrong”, journalist John Sandeman claims some of the errors should have been obvious to sub-editors and that the article’s take on Pentecostalism ...

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Social responsibility review – 7 February

May God bless us This prayer is a beautiful and challenging benediction and is relevant to all of us as we seek to live out our mission as followers of Jesus. Take a couple of minutes to sit with this benediction. Coming up Affected by mental health issues? A Nouwen Network encourages and supports, within and across faith communities, attitudes ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Sign of the times or just misinformed? The Queensland Times has news of the latest controversial sign outside the Gosford Anglican Church causing a stir in light of the national debate around pill testing at music festivals. Reading “When will we love our kids more than being right”, the sign is ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 30 January

Coming up The anniversary of the national apology to Australia’s Indigenous people Wednesday 13 February marks the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Members of the stolen generations were invited to hear this important milestone in Australia’s history first-hand in the gallery of the House of Representatives. Watch the Apology again. The Australian Parliament has resources ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Lady not gaga over Pence’s Christianity NBC News has news of Lady Gaga’s statements at a Las Vegas concert where she condemned US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife’s Christianity. Speaking to over 5000 fans at the MGM Park Theater, Gaga stated, “To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that ...

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Social Responsbility Review – 24 January 2018

Coming up Welcoming Cities Symposium Join Welcoming Cities in Brisbane 2–3 April as we bring together local, national and international practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, business innovators and civic leaders to share and discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion. Week in review Pastoral statement – update post-15th Assembly President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr ...

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Moderators Musing – 21 January

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

Australia Day has always been pretty low key at our place; a day to get some things done around the house and maybe have friends over for a pizza or a curry. It’s right that a country such as Australia take time to give thanks for what has been achieved here. We are, in many ways, the envy of the ...

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