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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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Churches pull together in Townsville flood crisis

Rev Anne Harley and Rev Bruce Cornish report on unfolding events in Townsville following the devastating floods at the end of January and early February. On Sunday 27 January it started to rain. A typical summer monsoon bringing much needed rain to the city. Twelve months ago the dam was 14 per cent and the council was pumping water from ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Common phrase lost in religious haze The ABC’s Religion & Ethics blog examines the history of the phrase “Judeo-Christian tradition” and what it means in the context of western politics. University of Queensland Emeritus Professor Philip C. Almond traces the relatively short history of the term since the early-to-mid 20th century and how it became a term “that transcended both ...

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Social responsibility review – 19 February

What’s coming up More Powerful Together International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8 March and is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality. This year’s theme is “More Powerful Together”, recognising the important role we all play as women, men, ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Bringing light to the land of the rising sun CBN News reports on the increasing suicide rate in Japan and how the nation’s Christians are responding to the crisis. According to government stats, the suicide rate among young people is the highest in 30 years and there is a growing ...

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How to help your community when disaster strikes

Everyone wants to help in a crisis. By being prepared and understanding the local disaster management plan, churches can act quickly and use their resources where they are most effective. Here’s a checklist drawn from the new Queensland Synod publication Good advice for churches, congregations and faith groups ministering in disaster-affected communities. Understand the big picture. Government agencies, volunteer groups ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 12 February

Voluntary assisted dying: we need to hear your voice Since its inception the Uniting Church has committed itself to bringing the truth of the gospel to the situations of human life, both individually and socially. At times this commitment brings us into the challenging and difficult spaces of life where we face the vulnerability, fragility and ambiguity of existence. Last ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Does The Monthly really know the faith of ScoMo? Eternity News takes The Monthly to task over their article exploring Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Christian faith. Declaring The Monthly “disastrously wrong”, journalist John Sandeman claims some of the errors should have been obvious to sub-editors and that the article’s take on Pentecostalism ...

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Social responsibility review – 7 February

May God bless us This prayer is a beautiful and challenging benediction and is relevant to all of us as we seek to live out our mission as followers of Jesus. Take a couple of minutes to sit with this benediction. Coming up Affected by mental health issues? A Nouwen Network encourages and supports, within and across faith communities, attitudes ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Sign of the times or just misinformed? The Queensland Times has news of the latest controversial sign outside the Gosford Anglican Church causing a stir in light of the national debate around pill testing at music festivals. Reading “When will we love our kids more than being right”, the sign is ...

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