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Social responsibility review – 6 November

What’s coming up Human Rights Day On December 10, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity! The universal declaration remains a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights to which everyone as a human being is inherently entitled—regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, ...

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Tracing our history through word and land 

LP Hartley once wrote, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” We are still unravelling the mysteries of the earth’s history and are increasingly working out through geology and other studies just how differently things were done in relation to the planet’s health. Nick Mattiske considers our history in the context of two recent books dealing with the subject.   ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  I think it’s gonna be a long long time … before little Rocket Man accepts Christ  The Christian Post explores the reasons why North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is afraid of Christianity and persecutes the faithful in the secretive nation. Open Doors USA lists North Korea as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians and says that ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 25 October

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Politicians acknowledge that all too often their words are weighed against their deeds, and they are found wanting. Earlier this week, both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition acknowledged that in moving and seconding the National Apology to those who suffered from child sexual abuse while living in institutions. They spoke with passion and conviction, and both ...

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Social responsibility review – 23 October

What’s coming up Ethical Christmas Markets – Brisbane North The inaugural Fairtrade and social enterprise Christmas markets and community discussion will be held on 11 November from 2:30 pm to 8 pm at the Lakes College. Featuring a large range of craft, clothes, food/coffee stalls, the evening will finish with a community discussion on the significance of the proposed Modern ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Egos may be bruised: Survey shows evangelicals deeply confused   Christianity Today reports on a new survey by Ligonier Ministries which explores what Americans “believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible”. The results indicate that there’s a deep confusion within the minds of American evangelicals about Christian core doctrines.   “Overall, US adults appear ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 16 October

What’s coming up National Carers Week Do you know someone who is a carer? Someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who is frail and aged. Many don’t identify as carers, and don’t realise that there are many ...

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Women farewell Brisbane with united voice

The final day of UnitingWomen 2018 featured many highlights, none more so than when Brooke Prentis, Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering and Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace, shared her keynote presentation with Aunty Jean Phillips. Brooke reflected on the NAIDOC Week 2018 theme, “Because of her, we can”. “As we heard the wisdom of Aboriginal women, it was important because ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  The (don)key to understanding the cross   ABC News explores the religious significance of the cross which appears on all donkeys, running down the spine and across the shoulders. A popular figure in fiction such as Winnie the Pooh and Shrek, the donkey is often portrayed as a hardworking and loyal animal and in Israel it ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 October

What’s coming up Mental Health Day of Prayer – Sunday 14 October New resources have been prepared to help congregations, youth groups, church councils and others to recognise and pray for mental health issues ahead of Mental Health Day of Prayer. Thanks to Rev Monique Coughlan from Bremer Brisbane Presbytery, who put together a liturgy and resources for children and ...

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