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Social responsibility review – 27 June

What’s coming up Coming of the Light Anniversary Every year the first of July is an important celebration for Torres Strait Islander peoples, marking the conversion to Christianity—a transition from a tradition of warfare to one of peace. Missionaries arrived in 1871, establishing schools on each island. On this day, Islanders of all faiths celebrate the Coming of the Light ...

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Book review: The Bible in Australia

The “Good Book” has played a crucial role in shaping Australia’s modern history, from its arrival on Australian shores via the First Fleet through to its influence on politics in the 20th century. Meredith Lake’s latest book The Bible in Australia explores the history of the nation and how the Bible has been a mainstay of Australian society, touching the ...

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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.  Hit the pews for a better snooze The Christian Post reports on a University of Texas study which found people attend church and pray frequently “tend to sleep better than their less religious counterparts”. The study surveyed US adults and stated, “religion could decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 22 June

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

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the Uniting Church.  In human terms hitting 40 is about a clear-headed perspective on oneself and one’s place in the world. It’s like the 100 000 km service for one’s car; a major overhaul that sets one up for the years ahead.  Is the work you’re doing giving meaning and helping you grow?  Is ...

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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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