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6 Christmas gift ideas that don’t cost the planet

It’s that time of year again when people rack their brains thinking of what to buy their friends and family for Christmas. UnitingWorld’s Marcus Campbell suggests six items that won’t cost the planet.  We all say Christmas isn’t about the presents, and we mean it. Ask around. It’s about family and friends, our neighbourhoods buzzing with community spirit, parents belting out Michael ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 10 December

Uber, the biggest taxi company in the world, doesn’t own a car; Trivago sells hotel rooms, but doesn’t own a hotel; disruption is everywhere. I reckon the church has been in disruption since the 1960s, with the re-emergence of the Pentecostal tradition in Australia in one part, and the influence of “the Secular City” by Harvey Cox in mainline denominations ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Surrounded by fire, this cross will inspire Fox News reports on a church’s cross which withstood intense wildfires that destroyed 95 per cent of Paradise, California. Our Savior Lutheran Church was right in the centre of  devastating wildfires that engulfed much of the town and although the 54-year-old church building and parsonage were destroyed, a simple wooden cross survived the ...

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Book review: Marathon Wheeler: Living with Physical Disability

Perseverance is the theme of Rev Heather Coombes’ book about living with physical disability, reviewed by retired Uniting Church minister Rev Christopher Ridings. Now retired, Heather Coombes reflects upon her marathon journey in a wheelchair for the purpose of enriching life for those obliged to follow a similar rocky path. Born with cerebral palsy, Heather traces her family background and ...

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Social responsibility review – 5 December

What’s coming up Prayer vigil for South Sudanese youth Brisbane’s South Sudanese Faith Community, in collaboration with St David’s Uniting Church Coopers Plains and the South Moreton Presbytery, invite you to a prayer vigil this Saturday. In past months young South Sudanese people in Melbourne have been vilified by politicians and the press, making life difficult and stressful for the ...

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A few favourite books from 2018

As the year draws to a close and the books come out for a summer read on the beach or veranda, Nick Mattiske selects a few of his favourites from 2018. What were your favourites from this year? Please let us know in the comments below. Much of the focus of Tom Wright’s career has been on the theology of ...

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Another way of being human in the world

This International Day of Persons with Disability, Sue Hutchinson, the Queensland Synod’s Research and Policy Officer, spoke with Eileen Glass, of the L’Arche Community in Australia, about life in L’Arche and the new movie being released in 2019. When Eileen Glass walks into a L’Arche household anywhere in the world, she feels like she’s at home. Eileen is an Australian ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    The devil flows through Celine’s clothes?  The Christian Post has news of a senior Catholic priest/exorcist who sees the devil in Celine Dion’s new gender-neutral kids’ clothing line. Msgr John Esseff who was once the spiritual director to Saint Teresa of Calcutta, spoke to The National Catholic Register about “the way this gender ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 27 November

What’s coming up Empowering people with disability International Day of People with Disability is 3 December. Roughly 15 per cent of our global population or about 1 billion people around the world live with a disability. Resources are available for communities, schools, workplaces etc. to get involved. More ideas are available here. Please remember when you are planning: “Nothing about ...

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Where to with the wisdom we wove?

Reflections on UnitingWomen 2018 by Jenny Prior I started a new hobby this year. It happened quite spontaneously. Wandering along market stalls, I paused to watch a lady weaving a string bag with plant fibres. “Would you like to make a string bag?” she asked. “We will be making these at our next workshop. Leave your email and I will ...

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