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Walking (and reading) with Dinosaurs

While dinosaurs lie in the distant past, a couple of recent books The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs and Too Big to Walk, for those readers whose childhood fascination with dinosaurs extends into adulthood, are notable for showing that palaeontology is often entangled with personal quests and with personalities. Nick Mattiske writes. Dinosaur history is inextricable from the more ...

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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.   Christian study on prostitutes’ buddy Christianity Today profiles Josephine Butler, her faith and her advocacy work for prostitutes in the Victorian era. Raised in a strictly religious family, Butler’s father was a public advocate for ending slavery and was vocal about teaching his daughters about the horrific realities of the slave ...

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Q & A with UnitingWomen keynote speaker – Eloise Wellings

Eloise Wellings is passionate about athletics and helping those in poverty. After deciding at the age of 15 that she wanted to make running her career, she committed to training and qualified for the Olympics at the age of 16. Unfortunately, soon after qualifying, Eloise suffered a stress fracture, which continued to plague her career for the following decade. Despite ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 26 July

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

If you’d like to lift your eyes and be encouraged for a moment in the midst of life, then spend three minutes checking out this video from UnitingWorld. Having some personal experience of their work in the Solomon Islands and India, this video is a faithful representation of the church’s engagement with partner churches in our corner of God’s good ...

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Community spirit sets Raymont Residential College apart 

From the age of 15, Rockhampton local Sam Stein recognised that his immediate future was in Brisbane, where he now studies a Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology. After moving to Brisbane in 2017, The Cathedral College alumnus knew that he wanted to live in a strong community environment as opposed to a share house. ...

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Raymont Residential College provides a home away from home

Leaving his small-town roots behind, Bundaberg local Lucas Hansen, has moved to Brisbane where he now lives at Raymont Residential College while studying audio engineering at the SAE Brisbane campus. The St Luke’s alumnus didn’t know what to expect when he first moved to Brisbane in 2017. “I’m from a small country town and at first, Brisbane wasn’t what I ...

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Social responsibility review – 24 July

What’s coming up Filthy Rich and Homeless – returning soon In a special three-night event, SBS will be presenting season two of this honest and compassionate exploration of what it is like to be homeless in Australia today. The series will air from 14 to 16 August at 8:30 pm, followed by a live special at 9:30 pm on 16 ...

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Toowoomba musicians hit the right note at Raymont Residential College

When Toowoomba brothers Jeremy and Harry Egerton moved to Brisbane at the beginning of 2018 to study at the Queensland Conservatorium, they knew that musicians aren’t always the most popular neighbours. The Toowoomba Grammar alumni were looking for a strong community environment where their creative talents could flourish, but also where getting work done wouldn’t be a problem. After looking ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  The Thailand cave rescue shines light on country’s religion In early July, Thailand was at the center of the world’s attention during a multinational effort to rescue 12 boys from a flooded cave. The boys were members of the Wild Boars soccer club and had been trapped, along with their coach, ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 July

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

So we’re back from the 15th Assembly, working through the decisions made, and helping explain the discernments we made. As I said on my personal Facebook post, I was deeply encouraged this Assembly—it struck me more than past Assemblies—as the wonderful younger leadership coming into the life of the church (they say that anyone 15 years younger than oneself is ...

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