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Prayer for Beirut

As recovery efforts begin in the wake of a devastating explosion in Beirut, South Moreton Presbytery Multicultural Project Officer Levon Kardashian writes about his personal connection to the city and offers prayers (both in long and short form) for those impacted by the tragedy.  On Tuesday 4 August 2020 an explosion shook Beirut and all of Lebanon. The tremor of the ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 August 2020

There’s a function on mobile phones that gives them a name; usually the name of the owner. I’ve seen some odd names for phones; I was sitting in a public space somewhere and my phone popped up telling me what hotspot wi-fis were available. One was named “ASIO Surveillance Van 86”. Those who were familiar with “Get Smart” will get the ...

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The Covenant Agreement: Part of our DNA

To commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1994 that the Uniting Church in Australia formalised its commitment to walk together in solidarity with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), Rev Richard Cassady and Erin Mawhinney took the time to remember our shared history and our heritage of faith. We spoke of the Rev Charles Harris story (who ...

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Enduring the yoke of COVID-19

Carpentaria Presbytery Minister Rev Garry Hardingham reflects on recent news coming from Victoria of another COVID-19 outbreak and looks to Jeremiah 28 for understanding our own predicament of enduring the COVID-19 yoke.  Over the last few days I have been enthralled by the story of Jeremiah and Hananiah from the book of Jeremiah, chapter 28. I see such richness in its ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 23 June 2020

“Smelling your oats” is a phrase I used to hear from my dad. It came from the days when you headed for home on a horse after a day’s work; the horse knew what heading for home meant—oats. So all of a sudden, the pace picked up, new energy was found, and there had to be a bit of reining ...

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Margaret’s contribution to the performing arts celebrated

Margaret Harvison of Mackay recently received an Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her contribution to the performing arts. James O’Callaghan reports. In addition to the performing arts, the Uniting Church—particularly St Paul’s Mackay—has been the other constant over the course of Margaret Harvison’s life. “I’ve always had a strong ...

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Toowoomba resident receives OAM for community service

James O’Callaghan meets Sheena Liley of Toowoomba, recipient of an Order of Australia Medal in 2020.  Sheena Liley of Toowoomba was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for “services to the community of Toowoomba” as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Sheena has spent most of the past 25 years supporting volunteer causes, two of which are particularly close ...

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Preaching through silence during disasters

St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba Minister Rev Dr Linda Hamill has recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary, St Paul Minnesota, USA, with a focus on preaching after disaster and disaster-related ministry. James O’Callaghan spoke to Linda about her work. It seems like every week there is a new disaster that has impacted our ...

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Book review: The Immeasurable World: Journeys into Desert Places

The desert is frequently featured in our art and popular culture (usually) as a distant and unforgiving place, but it is also a major component of earth’s geographic character and affects around a sixth of the population. Nick Mattiske reviews William Atkins’ recent book The Immeasurable World which journeys into desert life. Oceans cover a lot of the earth’s surface, ...

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Why give when there’s so much need at home?

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact the Australian economy, UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor explores how the Christian faith shapes attitudes towards globally-focused generosity. With millions out of work in Australia and the economy flailing, we put a simple question to a couple of Queenslanders: “In the midst of so much need here in Australia, why do you continue to support ...

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