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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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Covenant—longing for more than a contract

Queensland Synod Mission Engagement Manager Steve Drinkall reflects on the theme of covenanting and what it means for today’s Uniting Church. These days we seem to have contracts for everything. We have a contract if we want to build a house, we have an employment contract at work, and we have contracts with the gym, the school, the bank and ...

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What does it mean to heal country?

For Indigenous people this week is filled with celebration as well as deep reflection, writes Rev Garry Hardingham, Presbytery Minister for the Carpentaria Presbytery. It’s a week of celebrating Indigenous culture and the values that bind Indigenous people right across this nation together. But, it is also often a time to reflect on how a culture that stood for 60 000 ...

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Faith, family and service at the forefront of OAM recipient Rev Colin Baxter’s life

James O’Callaghan meets Rev Colin Baxter of Bribie Island who received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the Uniting Church and the community, particularly as Naval Chaplain to returned veterans. Rev Colin Baxter’s OAM citation creates the picture of a man who has accomplished many things in his life. From being deployed to Japan immediately after ...

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Support group helps partners in ministry with the rewards and challenges of their unique role

For partners and spouses of ministry agents, life in the church is a unique existence that brings challenges and rewards unbeknownst to many in congregations. James O’Callaghan reports on Partners in Ministry to discover more about this unsung support system for many ministers in the Uniting Church.  Formed many decades ago, the Partners in Ministry group has been established to ...

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Wesley Day celebrated by Pilgrim People Brisbane

The Wesley family holds a notable place in the history of the Christian faith and Pilgrim People Brisbane celebrated the day with a worship service including Wesley-penned hymns, Methodist prayers and a homily on John and Charles’ work. Pilgrim People Brisbane reports. Pilgrim People Brisbane celebrated Wesley Day at their regular service of worship on Sunday 16th May 2021 at ...

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Book review: To Whom Shall We Go: Faith Responses in a Time of Crisis

While COVID-19 continues to cause devastation and disruption around the globe, a new book brings nine writers together to explore and reflect on the pandemic and how Christians may address the tragedy with spiritual advice, prayers and questions suitable for group discussions. University of Queensland Senior Research Fellow Dr Paul Tyson reviews. This book of Christian responses to our COVID-19 ...

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Book review: Twelve Rules for Living a Better Life

Whether he has been working to feed the poor, teach the underprivileged to read or assist those struggling with drug rehabilitation, pioneering social work has been at the forefront of Rev Bill Crews’ life. Now the prominent Uniting Church minister (and once labelled one of Australia’s 100 most influential people) has released a guide for better living for the secular ...

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A journey of faith and reconciliation

As part of National Reconciliation Week, Kym Korbe, reflects on her childhood and faith journey while highlighting what we can all do in order to help the reconciliation process. Ngari (hello). This year’s Reconciliation Week theme is, “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action!” As a young Aboriginal girl growing up in urbanised Meeanjin (Brisbane), I longed for the holidays ...

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