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Talking about Reconciliation Week with Denise Champion

This story was first published in Eternity news by Ben McEachen.  Hi. My name is Ben and I’m deputy editor at Eternity. I’m also a Christian, a husband, dad, son and brother. I am other things as well, but what I am not is someone who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. It’s National Reconciliation Week and I am one Australian ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 1 June 2020

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

The journey to reconciliation is always fraught; facing hard truths, revisiting pain; naming what you want; letting go of what you want; feeling the temptation to defer; trusting the other; being vulnerable; doubts about the benefits; having to commit without really knowing the future. Most of the time we settle for some kind of accommodation, rather than a deep reconciliation. ...

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The Jubilee and today’s pandemic

Redcliffe Uniting Church Minister Rev Paul Clark explores the biblical rules surrounding Jubilee and wonders whether there are lessons to learn for today’s church in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are tempted to ask, “Is this a punishment from God? Where is God in this time? Is God telling us something?” Perhaps the Jubilee ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 25 May 2020

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

What will you remember 2020 for? It seems strange saying that in May, but what a year it’s been so far. This has been something that has been on my mind for a few months now. Sure, COVID-19 has had a tangible impact upon our society in general, but what has really impressed me, is how the Uniting Church here ...

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What is the next normal?

Scott Guyatt

For now the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal of social distancing, hand sanitiser and closed churches (amongst many other major changes to our lives) but as we slowly see restrictions ease, many will be asking what will life be like on the other side of the pandemic. Scott Guyatt examines the key questions and considers what the future ...

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Isolation reading recommendations

With more people staying at home there has been a renewed focus on activities people can enjoy in the comfort of their house such as cooking, watching movies, playing video games, gardening and jigsaw puzzles. But although we certainly live in the Netflix age, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a good book and so Nick Mattiske has some ...

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Vale Rev Len Bray

Rev Len Bray passed away last Friday (8 May 2020) after a long period of illness.   His life and ministry were characterised by a deep dedication to his own formation and development, the formation of Christian disciples, and the development of congregational life, particularly in areas of population growth.   He comes out of that time when young people—teenagers—were encouraged ...

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Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month reflection

Karen Prestidge

As part of domestic and family violence prevention month, Karen Prestidge describes the silent impact of coronavirus. For three months the nation has been captured by a set of statistics which have given us every indication of how well we have been addressing COVID-19. These are the daily numbers that tell us our “current status”, including not only confirmed cases ...

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Mother’s Day 2020 prayers

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker and Queensland Synod Associate General Secretary Rev John Ruhle provide these prayers for Mother’s Day.  Loving God, thank you for our mothers. For the mothers who gave birth to us; for the women who treated us as their own. In that Love is always a mixture of joy and pain, we remember with deep thanksgiving the nurture, comfort ...

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Come From Away: A Myth for our Time

In 2019 Trinity College Queensland welcomed submissions for The Religious Faith and Belief Award which was designed to encourage interaction with religious faith, culture, current affairs and how these relate to contemporary Australian society. The award-winning essay was written by  Matthew Ventura on the Broadway production Come From Away. September 11, 2001. I was only six-years-old at the time and ...

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