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Retired Uniting Church ministers confront politicians over slashed incomes

Two retired Uniting Church ministers are taking up the cause of more than 1000 ministers and spouses whose retirement incomes were slashed by aged pension changes in January 2016. Journey reports. The federal policy change affected the treatment of income in defined benefit superannuation schemes. National Assembly estimated in December 2016 that more than 80 per cent of retired members ...

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Vale John Smith

Motorcyclist, theologian and international speaker Rev Dr John Smith passed away on 6 March 2019. A talented writer and teacher, he was a requested speaker at Christian conferences such as Green Belt in the UK. He formed the God Squad, an international motorcycle organisation that provided chaplaincy to bikie gangs such as the Bandidos, Finks, and the Rebels. His autobiography, ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Christianity gets starring role on SBS TV Blackbox reports on an upcoming television series on SBS which puts (pits?) 10 Christians in a house for a week and lets them debate the big issues relating to the faith. Christians Like Us follows on from SBS’s previous foray into religious-themed programming, Muslims ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 14 March

Coming up Murri Court – Indigenous justice? Join Reconciliation Queensland for a presentation by Diane Fingleton, former Queensland Chief Magistrate and founder of the Murri Court on Saturday 16 March, 1.00pm–3.45pm at Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton. Please RSVP by email or call Rosalie on 0448 468 618. This is a free event, bring a plate to share if ...

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Mt Louisa church opens doors to flood-affected Townville residents

When heavy monsoonal rain caused massive flooding in Townsville in early February, the new Uniting Church community church at Mt Louisa immediately opened its doors to help. Journey reports. The flooding in the North Queensland coastal city of Townsville was unprecedented, with hundreds of people evacuated and thousands of homes inundated. Members of the newly formed Mt Louisa Community Church ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 11 March

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

I picked up the latest biography of Martin Niemöller the other day, by Matthew Hockenos. Niemöller is a fascinating figure; a Lutheran pastor, formerly a WW1 U-Boat captain, a fiercely nationalistic German who reluctantly came to the conclusion Hitler was not the saviour of the German people. He teamed up with the likes of Barth and Bonhoeffer to help the ...

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International Women’s Day – Rev Jenny Coombes

Longreach minister Rev Jenny Coombes. Photo was supplied.

Rev Jenny Coombes, minister at Longreach Uniting Church writes for International Women’s Day. How long have you been involved/connected to the church? I have been connected with the church since I was a child at Sunday School. As I grew up I started teaching Sunday school—that and playing piano for services were my main connection initially. What inspired you to ...

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International Women’s Day – Rev Yvonne McRostie

As a woman, a sister, there is nothing more amazing and powerful than being with a gathering of women belting out the Helen Reddy anthem song “I am Woman”. I don’t know many women who haven’t fist-pumped the liberating words of the chorus (sing it with me women, I know you want to!). “I am strong (STRONG—fist pump), I am ...

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Social responsibility review – 6 March

What’s coming up Mindful Living in a Warming World Be inspired to take on climate change! Mindful Living (spiritual people concerned about the future of our planet) is hosting a climate change discussion to talk about how we can live mindfully. Hear from a local sustainable farmer, a young zero-waste advocate and a new mum who blockaded the Adani railing last year, and much ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Church turns to Taytay after anti-gay spray Daily Mail Australia reports on vandalism at a Brisbane church and their pop-music inspired comeback to the hate. The Metropolitan Community Church Brisbane in New Farm was the victim of a spray paint attack with hate symbols and Bible verse numbers painted over their signage. Given that the first spray paint attack was ...

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