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Film review: Chasing Asylum

Still from the movie Chasing Asylum. Photo by Joel van Houdt/Chasing Asylum.

Chasing Asylum exposes the barbarity and secrecy surrounding the Australian Government’s asylum seeker policies, Sue Hutchinson gives her take on the controversial documentary which is destined to become one of the year’s most talked about films. The federal government has demanded absolute secrecy around the offshore detention of so-called boat people, so Australians have had very little idea of what really ...

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Pokémon GO: Western suburb Uniting Church’s transform into Pokémon gyms

Augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Photo property of Gilang Grimoire YouTube channel, labelled for reuse.

Released in July 2016,  free-to-play augmented reality mobile game “Pokémon GO” has taken the streets of Brisbane (and world) by storm. If you find a crowd of teenagers to thirty-somethings loitering on your church property staring at their phone, you may be amused to find your church has become a “Pokéstop” or “Pokémon gym”. A Uniting Church teenager has named Indooroopilly, ...

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Confronting Revelation

Fire from the Book of Revelation. Photo from Lightstock images.

The Bible presents some uncomfortable depictions of women, particularly in the Book of Revelation. Ashley Thompson speaks with North American Biblical scholar, Dr Tina Pippin about what to do with the duality of the “women of the apocalypse”. In June, Grace College hosted Dr Tina Pippin as keynote speaker for their second annual Women’s Theology Conference—a gathering of over 40 ...

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Expanded: Rev Dr Geoff Thompson and disturbing the Basis of Union

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson at the recent launch of his book, Trinity Theological Library, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Here in Queensland to promote his new book, Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union, Rev Dr Geoff Thompson sat down with Journey to delve deeper into issues of faith, society and the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union. Journey: If there’s one takeaway from the book, what is it? Geoff: The ...

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Seven kind deeds to build up your church community

Lots of biscuits

Journey has put together a few suggestions to mark World Kindness Day on 13 November in your church community. Visit us on Facebook to add your own ideas for random acts of kindness. Clean out the church fridge You will need a strong stomach, a calm disposition, and rubber gloves. Open the door, descend into a gentle squat (avoid locking ...

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Inequality and the power of imagining a different world

Rev Elenie Poulos on ABC's Compass

Ahead of Anti-Poverty week, director of UnitingJustice Rev Elenie Poulos has written a piece for Wesley Mission Brisbane highlighting the growing inequality in Australian society. In her article she writes about the factors driving inequality both in Australia and overseas: ” … somewhere along the way, the world was hijacked by neoliberal economic theory and now we have an extreme ...

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Overwhelming “yes” if Recognise vote were held today

Recognise campaigners. Photo by Deadly Vibe.

If a referendum vote were held today, 75 per cent of all Australians (including two in three Coalition voters) would vote yes to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nation’s Constitution. Undertaken by Polity Research for the Recognise movement in March, the research demonstrates strong backing for this change—both in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and ...

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How workplace culture can help stamp out domestic violence

Every day in Queensland, there are about 180 reports to police of domestic violence incidents. Photo from iStock.

UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross has written an opinion piece on the Conversation about what we can do at work to stop violence in our homes. Often viewed as a private matter not appropriate for the workplace, Anne recounts the stories of women who has been victimised twice by their co-workers by blaming them for “causing trouble” and bringing their “domestic” problems ...

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Alcohol, gambling advertising set to increase during prime time family viewing

Kids watching TV. Photo by Michael Cramer. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Proposed changes to the free-to-air TV code of practice will most likely lead to a significant increase in alcohol and gambling advertising during prime time family viewing. This would mean that violence, sexual content, advertisements for alcohol, gambling and M-rated movies and DVDs could be screened during earlier time slots. Potential changes to Free TV’s code of practice include allowing ...

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Uniting Church condemns death penalty again

The death penalty in Indonesia entails execution by firing squad. Photo by Jay_Ell. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

The Uniting Church in Australia has joined churches, non-governmental organisations and others in voicing concerns about Indonesia’s resumption of the death penalty. President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Andrew Dutney is one of 14 organisational leaders who have written to both the Indonesian ambassador to Australia and to the Australian minister for foreign affairs expressing grave concerns ...

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