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Book review: Reformations

It may have a staggering page-count but Carlos Eire’s latest book Reformations tackles an epic two hundred year period during the Protestant and Catholic Reformations as the West transitioned from the Middle Ages to modernity. Nick Mattiske reviews. You don’t want to drop this massive book on your foot, but you might like to lug it back home from the ...

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Rating our family entertainment

After the Brisbane Times recently explored whether the current classification system for movies, television and video games is really working for parents, The Scoop sat down with Digital Youth Discipleship project officer Steve Molkentin to discuss movie ratings, parenting and top tips for family-friendly entertainment.   Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) honorary chief executive Barbara Biggins recently ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  New faith for true Beliebers? NME has some good news for Christian Justin Bieber fans who feel the current denominations just aren’t serving them enough Bieber-ness in their faith: rumours are the Canadian pop star may start up his own church. The exact source of the rumour is unknown but Richard Wilkins ...

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What if every church … had a think-tank?

Juggling work, family and community commitments can wear down even the most energetic of people so when do we schedule time to take a breather and let creative ideas around church flourish? Scott Guyatt contemplates what could be achieved if every church had a think-tank. Life in congregations can be incredibly busy, particularly for those with multiple leadership roles who ...

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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.  No jail for “hate crime” against dead Christian babies The Daily Mail reports on an attack against 70 Christian graves by a stonemason who escaped jail time for what some are calling a “hate crime” against Christians. Many of the destroyed memorials belonged to dead babies and the crime left the graves ...

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Multi-Cross Cultural Reference Group celebrates the 40th anniversary

On 24 June the Queensland Synod’s Multi-Cross Cultural Reference Group celebrated the Uniting Church’s 40th anniversary with a party highlighting the rich cultural diversity within the church. Akesa Racava reports.  Turning 40 has been equally important across all cultures in the Uniting Church. For our multi-cross cultural congregations it required a celebration of colour, music, dancing, feasting and worship. Beenleigh Regional Uniting Church ...

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Best and worst birthday presents part 3

With all the talk within the church about birthdays recently we thought what better time than now to ask staff members what were the best and worst birthday presents they’ve received. Here’s Scott with his memories.  The best  We had been married for only about six weeks when my birthday rolled around. There were no hints, no requests, no discussion about ...

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Breaking bread together at Iftar

In a sign of solidarity and friendship with the Muslim community of South East Queensland, the Queensland Synod has hosted its first Iftar dinner with Muslim partners. Synod research officer Sue Hutchinson reports. Ramadan is a significant and sacred time for Muslims, marked by fasting from sun-up to sunset. The Iftar meal is the daily “breaking of the fast” during ...

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Best and worst birthday presents part 2

With all the talk within the church about birthdays recently we thought what better time than now to ask staff members what were the best and worst birthday presents they’ve received. Here’s Dianne with her memories.  The best My best present memory is an easy one which even now brings a smile to my face. Here’s the background: my husband and I ...

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Best and worst birthday presents

With all the talk within the church about birthdays recently we thought what better time than now to ask staff members what were the best and worst birthday presents they’ve received. Here’s Ben with his memories.  The best I should probably list something that was romantic or sentimental from a significant other or family member but (and I’m sorry for the ...

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