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Affirming our past and moving on with hope

To celebrate the Day of Mourning on Sunday 19 January, Rev Saimoni Davui recalls his experiences at Mornington Island in the 1980s. We accept our present and at the same time we mourn our past. It becomes our truth and with our genuine knowledge and understanding our past and skills can begin to guide us as we rebuild, reconstruct and ...

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Day of Mourning represents a time to pause and remember

Erin Mawhinney reflects on the importance of the Day of Mourning which will be celebrated on 19 January. In the spirit of the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the Queensland Synod invites congregations to observe a Day of Mourning in their worship services this Sunday 19 January (the Sunday ...

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(Some of) Nick Mattiske’s best books from 2019

At the start of a new year, Nick Mattiske looks back on 2019’s book releases and picks some favourites. As the Trump presidency careened on through 2019 like an out-of-control cement mixer, we continued to wonder why he was elected and why he continues to be supported. In Choose You This Day Paul McGlasson compares evangelical support of Trump to the German ...

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Journey’s 2019 in review

With another year almost at an end Journey editor Ben Rogers reflects on the year that was for the magazine and highlights some of the stories you may have missed from our last four editions. Is it just me or has it felt like time has been accelerating at a faster rate over the past year? It’s as if someone ...

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Meet the new Presbytery Minister in The Downs

Rev Yvonne McRostie reflects upon her recent appointment as Presbytery Minister for The Downs Presbytery and what she hopes to achieve. Sometimes there is no explanation as to why things happen the way they do. I have come to appreciate the absurdity of life. I thought I would never move from the suburbs of the city. And then there’s this ...

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Friday’s Religion (un)wrap: Christmas mega special!

It’s the Christmas season so the Journey team thought they would unwrap a mega edition of Friday’s religion wrap for our readers. Merry Christmas and happy new year!  Jesus or Trump, who got the fairer trial? ABC News reports on the latest from American politics with one Republican politician comparing President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings to the trials of Jesus during ...

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Church central to a life-long marriage


James O’Callaghan meets Greg and Dulcie, lifelong servants of the Uniting Church who recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. According to McCrindle research published in 2019, one in three Australian marriages end in divorce, which means celebrating a 65th wedding anniversary is a landmark and cause for serious celebration. And this is just what Dulcie and Greg Turner did earlier this ...

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Climate justice the UnitingWorld way

In response to Rev Heather den Houting’s recent Journey article on climate change and the Asia Pacific, UnitingWorld’s Australian Partnership Coordinator Mardi Lumsden writes about the impact Heather’s article has had on her work and what readers can do to work towards climate justice. It was wonderful to read Rev Heather den Houting’s reflections on her time in Bali with ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 December

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I had an early Christmas present on 10 December. It was a vision both of the past and of the future, in reality! I went to the ORCA Project’s first graduation night. The ORCA Project came out of a need in the community for a transition space for young people with disabilities to develop their gifts so that they are ...

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