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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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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Texans pray: Send Ghost away Arty metal band Ghost are set to tour Texas and not everyone is that thrilled, according to Consequence of Sound. Numerous members of the Midland, Texas community are gathering for prayers to seek God’s protection against what they see as devilish spiritual forces accompanying the ...

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Social responsibility review – 20 November

What’s coming up Advocate for gender equality and safety Join multi-faith and human rights groups on Friday 23 November at 4.30 pm for a public event in Brisbane City to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Starting at Emma Miller Place, the walk will move via Queens Park, to Speaker’s Corner at Parliament House. Everyone ...

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Upheaval

One man’s permanent departure from a congregation over theological differences in marriage got Liz Schneidewin thinking about faith, change and the power of words to inflict deep hurt. Yesterday, a man who I had never met left the church. I was sitting with my cherished friends, chatting comfortably about which stall I would man for the upcoming Christmas markets when ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Yoga: healthy pursuit with a demonic route? Christian Examiner has news of a Missouri megachurch pastor and his warnings about yoga, specifically that “positions associated with exercise and meditation activity were designed to ‘open you up to demonic power’”. Pastor John Lindell told his 10 000 member congregation in a sermon, ...

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King’s supports rural and regional Queensland

In 2019, King’s College at The University of Queensland will award over $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries to support those in financial need, particularly students from rural and regional Queensland. The College will also launch a new catering operation to provide students with greater choice and financial advantage. Master of King’s College, Greg Eddy said the initiatives were a response ...

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Social responsibility review – 14 November

What’s coming up From Waste war to recycling reboot This is National Recycling Week, but, any time is a good time to commit to good recycling practices. Think, what recycling does your congregation do? Every time we recycle correctly, we reduce what goes into land fill, and help the planet. Check out events near you or put up this “Golden ...

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Living the change for our environment

While the ongoing effects of climate change continue to bring devastating consequences for the planet, what can Christians do to mobilise and force change for a better tomorrow? Marguerite Marshall writes. Christians have led many important social movements including the anti-slave trade, apartheid and black equality in North America and now we have a new and urgent challenge. Last month’s ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Sex ed fills CoE with dread   The Telegraph reports on United Kingdom government plans for sexual education which has the Church of England concerned that religion could be “ghettoised”. From 2020, English secondary schools will be forced to teach relationship and sex education (RSE) but the church believes that the proposed guidelines “problematise religion” and “exceptionalise people of ...

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