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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Shifting Christian cinema’s focus to mainstream appeal Buzzfeed News puts the spotlight on Christian cinema and its growing mainstream appeal, and ponders how the Christian movie industry will fare when it has traditionally been “fuelled by a sense of neglect”? In 2018 I Can Only Imagine, a biopic about Christian musician ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Don’t be a fool; religion has a place in school  The Sydney Morning Herald has an opinion piece arguing that religious education still has a place in Australian schools despite critics waging an ideological war to have it removed. Christian SRE CEO Murray Norman examines the Census data and finds that while ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 30 April

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

So Easter Madness “went off” and it was a wonderful time of discipleship, fellowship, and worship for 180 young people. I popped in on the Sunday to have a yarn with those who wanted to talk about “the big questions”. One came to me that I didn’t expect: “Was Jesus ripped?”. I needed a bit of help. “Ripped”? “Yeah, you ...

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Social responsibility review – 24 April

Coming up Brisbane #ClimateElection Day of Action 3 May is the #ClimateElection National Day of Action at Federal MP and candidates’ offices across Australia—and they need everyone there! Demonstrators will be at Trevor Evans MP’s office in Albion from 4.00–5.30pm to demand he commits to the urgent climate action we all deserve. To change the politics of climate change we ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 23 April

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called Australians to the polls, with Lions and Rotary barbecues around the country firing up and serving democracy sausages for all on 18 May. There are many markers—from yarns over a coffee to well-funded surveys—that tell us we are experiencing an increased level of anxiety and cynicism about our political system. Australians want a government ...

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Social responsibility review – 12 April

What’s coming up Justice for refugees; peace not war; bring them here. Join other people of faith on Palm Sunday to stand up for refugees. In the run up to the federal election, the Palm Sunday rally and march will help tell all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees. Look out for Sue Hutchinson and the ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team explores the stories that got us talking this week.  Yoga’s link to homosexuality a bit of a stretch Newsweek reports on Russian prison authorities’ decision to reinstate yoga classes after an initial ban due to theological concerns the practice could lead to homosexuality. Theological professor Alexander Dvorkin raised the issue when he wrote that yoga “could cause ...

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Social responsibility review – 4 April

What’s coming up Annual Palm Sunday Rally This year’s Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees will be held on Sunday 14 April, from 2-4 pm, at Speakers corner, outside Queensland Parliament, corner George and Alice Streets. Speakers will include Aran Mylvaganam, co-founder of Tamil Council of Australia and Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Griffith University. The themes are “Justice for refugees; ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 1 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

My Year 10 English teacher Miss Sweeney set us a question in an exam: “Conflict is the essence of all drama. Discuss”. That aphorism has stayed with me for 46 years! I’ve often reflected on how I might answer it again. It’s helped me make sense of how the mass media posits what its various agencies present to us. Income ...

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Social responsbility review – 27 March

“Hope has two beautiful daughters—anger at the way things are, and courage to see they do not remain that way.”   –Augustine of Hippo What’s coming up Faith and climate Interested in theology and climate change? Then here are a couple of events for you! Both feature Dr Mick Popo meteorologist, theologian and writer. Firstly on 5 April from 6.30pm to ...

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