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Moderator’s Musing – 21 February

The appalling scene of violence on the suburban streets of Brisbane a couple of days ago has sent shockwaves across the nation. And rightly so.   We were confronted with a story that we hear all to often, that we see in statistics, but that we all too successfully keep away from our sensibilities. It is an uncomfortable truth.   Yet the scene of a burnt vehicle ...

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Book review: The Wind, The Fountain and the Fire

This year’s Lent book from publisher Bloomsbury explores the Book of Psalms as Christian monk Mark Barrett takes us on a tour of the dust, the mountain, the well, the light and the tomb to help readers enhance their understanding and experience of scripture. Nick Mattiske reviews. In Lent the tradition of giving up chocolate or alcohol (something I usually ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 January

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

The highlight for me this Australia Day was going to the new Mubarak Mosque of the Ahmadayya Muslim Community. They hosted a celebration of Australia Day that was quintessentially Australian. A recognition of the First Peoples, kids singing, politicians waffling on and a sausage sizzle. Some had even come from citizenship ceremonies that morning. The heartfelt appreciation for what it ...

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Alarm bells ringing for climate action

As the debate around climate change continue to intensify over a summer of devastating fires, floods and drought, Marguerite Marshall argues now is the time to take decisive action on the issue and has some suggestions for how readers can help do their part. Christians understand that new life can spring from devastation. From the despair of Jesus’ death came ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 21 January

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

What a tumultuous summer so far. The Victorians aren’t out of the woods with their bushfire season still having time to run, but there is hope that the worst is over. As the focus shifts towards cleaning up and reconstruction, a view to the future can now be addressed. We know that the trauma of these events has a long ...

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Affirming our past and moving on with hope

To celebrate the Day of Mourning, 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 move along in the ...

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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. 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 the Sunday before Australia Day.  This was endorsed by the Fifteenth Assembly at ...

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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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