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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Trump’s decree to keep religion free CBN News reports on President Trump’s latest initiative to protect religious liberty and open access to government funding for faith-based organisations. The presidential executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty includes provisions that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 1 May

What’s coming up  Understanding the asylum seeker experience in the current context This QPASTT (Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma) workshop is for volunteers and people informally supporting asylum seekers. It will build understanding of the asylum seeker experience and the impact of torture, trauma, detention and ongoing uncertainty on individuals. The impact of current government ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 30 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

The royal commission into banking exposes again, like the royal commission into unions, and the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, the propensity of organisations to devolve to self-protection and self-serving behaviour. I wonder when the royal commission into the media will happen. A royal commission into political parties wouldn’t be a bad idea either. In “The ...

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Friday religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Does God have a PR problem? A recent Forbes Magazine article discusses an episode of the HBO produced Silicon Valley where the writers tackled the thorny problem of religion and its unlikely coexistence with advanced technology and science. In the episode, titled ‘Tech Evangelist,’ lead character Richard inadvertently outs a gay web ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 24 April

What’s coming up Gurrumul screening Australian’s for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) Queensland is screening the anticipated film Gurrumul on Sunday 3 June at 1.30, as a fundraising event to support their community work. The movie follows the amazing life of Indigenous Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu of the Yolngu People who, despite being blind, taught himself music and became ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 April 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

The rumours are about that the Federal Government is again looking at cutting foreign aid in the forthcoming budget. Australia made deep cuts—about 20 per cent—to foreign aid in 2012/13. Our level of foreign aid is currently at 0.22 per cent of gross national income. Hardly a tithe! I guess it is seen by politicians as an easy cut because ...

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Social Responsibility Review

What’s coming up May is National Domestic Violence and Family Prevention month, designed to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. Visit the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month website for more information. Week in review “Refugees are being starved out” The ...

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Friday’s Religion Wrap

God Bless the Child An Arizona State University Professor has examined the spiritual impact on Billie Holiday in a new book that examines the singers work and life. Holiday could sing blues like no one else sang blues, but she wasn’t primarily a blues singer. In fact, she often resented that label, as though being black had landed her in ...

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Introducing Next Gen Arise

To celebrate Queensland Youth Week, JourneyOnline speaks to Noah Kim, Next Generation Leadership Project Officer about Next Gen Arise, a Synod initiative to support young people to develop leadership, build networks and worship cooperatively.  What is Next Gen Arise? Next Gen Arise is a Synod’s initiative to support young people to develop leadership, build networks and corporately worship. It is ...

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Social Responsibility Review

What’s coming up The Death of a King The Reverend Doctor Noel Preston, AM will deliver a lecture titled “The Death of a King: an Australian reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.” on Monday, 23 April at St Matt’s Anglican Church, Holland Park. Bookings are essential. Please email stmattshp@iprimus.com.au Free Community Action Workshop The ...

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