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Book review: Deep Time Dreaming

Billy Griffiths’ latest book Deep Time Dreaming uncovers the role archaeology has played in shaping our understanding of Australia’s vast history, particularly in relation to Indigenous culture, and what this means for contemporary relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Nick Mattiske reviews. In the 1960s the archaeologist John Mulvaney was told by the ABC that there would be “no interest” ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Formula 1 champion on life, death and religion  The life of a racing driver is a whirlwind of travel, physical training and commitment, interspersed with whatever can be fitted in to provide relaxation or further motivation. But four-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton also finds time for his faith, which is ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 6 July

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

Today I head off to UnitingCare Queensland’s head office in the City. A worship service to commission Nigel Alexander, member at The Gap Uniting Church, as Chair of the UnitingCare Queensland Board, and to spend time with the board and the executive on discerning directions for UnitingCare Queensland for the 2020–2030 years. The gospel for this week has captured my ...

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Why playgroups matter for the future of the church

Playgroups are an opportunity for churches of all sizes across Queensland to connect with young families. Redcliffe Uniting Church, which has a 40-year history of running playgroups, currently hosts groups Monday to Friday during the school term with around 100 families attending. Journey asked Pastor Rebecca Clark, Children and Families Coordinator, about this thriving ministry. How does playgroup fit into ...

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Social responsibility review – 4 July

What’s coming up NAIDOC Week 8–15 July marks NAIDOC Week. This year the NAIDOC committee have made available every poster produced from 1972 until 2018. The first poster in 1972 promoted “Aborigines Day”, which was widely accepted as a day for Australians to come together in support of improving rights for Indigenous people. Take the time to look at these ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Argentina go forward thanks to the Lord?   Business Mirror reports on Argentina’s lucky progression into the next round of the FIFA World Cup thanks to a late winner by defender Marcos Rojo against Nigeria. Argentina superstar Lionel Messi claims the team’s progression in the last 16 was thanks to God. ...

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Social responsibility review – 27 June

What’s coming up Coming of the Light Anniversary Every year the first of July is an important celebration for Torres Strait Islander peoples, marking the conversion to Christianity—a transition from a tradition of warfare to one of peace. Missionaries arrived in 1871, establishing schools on each island. On this day, Islanders of all faiths celebrate the Coming of the Light ...

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Book review: The Bible in Australia

The “Good Book” has played a crucial role in shaping Australia’s modern history, from its arrival on Australian shores via the First Fleet through to its influence on politics in the 20th century. Meredith Lake’s latest book The Bible in Australia explores the history of the nation and how the Bible has been a mainstay of Australian society, touching the ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Hit the pews for a better snooze The Christian Post reports on a University of Texas study which found people attend church and pray frequently “tend to sleep better than their less religious counterparts”. The study surveyed US adults and stated, “religion could decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 22 June

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

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the Uniting Church.  In human terms hitting 40 is about a clear-headed perspective on oneself and one’s place in the world. It’s like the 100 000 km service for one’s car; a major overhaul that sets one up for the years ahead.  Is the work you’re doing giving meaning and helping you grow?  Is ...

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