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Social responsibility review – 22 March

Royal Commission – people with disability Do you or someone close to you have a disability? Have you or they experienced violence, abuse, neglect or been exploited? Have your say on the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This public consultation runs from 13 March until 28 March. ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Cash splash on religious security after terror attack The Conversation reports on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of $55 million for enhanced security measures at religious premises. In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, Morrison spoke of tribalism and managing differences but was ready to put money towards ensuring that religious ...

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Book review: Two Elephants in the Room

As mainline Christianity declines in Australia what does the future hold for Christians in this nation and more broadly in western societies? Rodney Eivers reviews John Bodycomb’s latest and last book Two Elephants in the Room and ponders the way forward for Christians and especially, the Uniting Church. Written and published by John Bodycomb in the years leading up to ...

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Climate Change … But Were Afraid To Ask

In recent news schoolchildren around the world have been striking to draw attention to climate change issues as scientists continue to send warnings about the catastrophic emergency facing the planet. Marguerite Marshall explores the current state of climate science and answers common questions regarding Australia’s part to play, the costs involved with greening our economy and what everyday Christians can ...

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Confessions in the wake of tragedy

In the days following the horrendous events in the two mosques of Christchurch I have struggled to make sense of my internal responses. I have visited Christchurch before and after the earthquake and felt for the people who are trying to re-build their city on shaky ground. There was the immediate feeling of empathy and horror that several hundred people ...

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Retired Uniting Church ministers confront politicians over slashed incomes

Two retired Uniting Church ministers are taking up the cause of more than 1000 ministers and spouses whose retirement incomes were slashed by aged pension changes in January 2016. Journey reports. The federal policy change affected the treatment of income in defined benefit superannuation schemes. National Assembly estimated in December 2016 that more than 80 per cent of retired members ...

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Vale John Smith

Motorcyclist, theologian and international speaker Rev Dr John Smith passed away on 6 March 2019. A talented writer and teacher, he was a requested speaker at Christian conferences such as Green Belt in the UK. He formed the God Squad, an international motorcycle organisation that provided chaplaincy to bikie gangs such as the Bandidos, Finks, and the Rebels. His autobiography, ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Christianity gets starring role on SBS TV Blackbox reports on an upcoming television series on SBS which puts (pits?) 10 Christians in a house for a week and lets them debate the big issues relating to the faith. Christians Like Us follows on from SBS’s previous foray into religious-themed programming, Muslims ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 14 March

Coming up Murri Court – Indigenous justice? Join Reconciliation Queensland for a presentation by Diane Fingleton, former Queensland Chief Magistrate and founder of the Murri Court on Saturday 16 March, 1.00pm–3.45pm at Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton. Please RSVP by email or call Rosalie on 0448 468 618. This is a free event, bring a plate to share if ...

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Mt Louisa church opens doors to flood-affected Townville residents

When heavy monsoonal rain caused massive flooding in Townsville in early February, the new Uniting Church community church at Mt Louisa immediately opened its doors to help. Journey reports. The flooding in the North Queensland coastal city of Townsville was unprecedented, with hundreds of people evacuated and thousands of homes inundated. Members of the newly formed Mt Louisa Community Church ...

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