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Film review: Tabloid

Joyce McKinney is the subject of Tabloid, an Errol Morris documentary. Photo: Antidote Film

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has never been afraid to tackle the tough stuff in his films: say, corruption (The Thin Blue Line), warfare (The Fog of War), torture (Standard Operating Procedure) or the death penalty (Mr Death). He’s tangoed with the wily Donald Rumsfeld over the politics of the Iraq invasion in The Unknown Known and investigated the ...

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Three online tools to assist your ministry

Women with smartphone and laptop.

The following text has been adapted from an acceptance speech delivered by Ashley Thompson for the 2016 Ramon Williams Australasian Religious Press Association Scholarship award. When I was five I wanted to be a writer. More specifically I wanted to be Anne Shirley, Jo March, Betsy Ray and later, Rory Gilmore. As the daughter of two teachers, I was encouraged, nurtured ...

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Redcliffe parents welcomed to the jungle

Dr Brenda Heyworth speaks at a Parenting Breakfast event at Redcliffe. Photo: Cynthia Paternott

Redcliffe parents were recently treated to a Parenting Breakfast talk by renowned Australian child and family psychologist and author Dr Brenda Heyworth, as part of the Building Strong Families partnership program between UnitingCare Community and Redcliffe Uniting Church. Journey previously reported on Building Strong Families—which brought Bob the Builder to Redcliffe to celebrate the launch—in its July edition. Now with the ...

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What’s in a name change?

(L—R) Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Geoff Batkin, Queensland Synod general secretary Rev Heather den Houting and director of property and finance Peter Cranna at the launch. Photo by Wesley Mission Queensland.

On 24 August, community-service provider Wesley Mission Queensland hosted a launch event on the Wesley House rooftop in Brisbane City to celebrate its name change from Wesley Mission Brisbane. But what’s in a name change and why does it matter? Journey reports. For over 100 years Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) has reached out to Queenslanders, striving to make a difference. ...

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Promoting change through Pacific prayers

Pray for Our Pacific. Photo: 350pacific.org

The Pray for Our Pacific campaign from 3–11 September is encouraging Australian faith communities to host a special service or event to highlight the region’s ongoing challenges of climate change and environmental damage. Pacific Island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, face a range of environmental threats such as cyclones, floods and droughts. Thousands have ...

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Religious instruction in the classroom: an update

Megan Thomson and Holly Jewell lead RI at Oxley State School in June. Photo: Mardi Lumsden

In the July 2016 edition of Journey, we explored the issue of religious instruction (RI) taught in Queensland state primary schools. It was a hot-topic following various media reports on RI and a school principal suspending the program at a Brisbane state school. A state government review into the management of RI in state schools and the Connect RI curriculum ...

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What if every church … had a playground?

What if every church had a playground? Photo: Supplied

In the first edition of an ongoing exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt explores the possibilities of what could happen if every church embraced a particular concept or innovation. This month: the kids’ playground. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16) The ...

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Book review: Built for Change

"Built For Change" by Rev Dr Steve Taylor. Photo: Supplied

Rev Dr Steve Taylor’s latest book explores the practical theology of innovation with a focus on collaboration and leadership. Rev Peter Armstrong reviews. What better place to read Rev Dr Steve Taylor’s latest book Built for Change than at a Downhill Mountain Bike Competition. Over the last five to ten years DHing (aka “downhilling”) has been a significant innovation from ...

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Film review: Ghostbusters

(L—R) Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon star in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters (2016). Photo property of Sony Pictures.

I didn’t think I’d have to write this review because I was so sure everybody else would. But with an extremely generous Rotten Tomatoes score of 73 per cent and Mediacritic rating of 60 per cent, it is clear many Ghostbusters (2016) reviewers have assessed this film purely on its political merit and without regard for its forgettable narrative, tacky ...

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Expanded: Ken Ham in his own words

Ken Ham at the Ark Encounter in North America. Photo was supplied.

When you construct a gargantuan $100 million Noah’s ark replica in the heart of America’s “Bible belt”, chances are you’ll gain attention. Lots of it. Ken Ham is the controversial driving force behind the Ark Encounter and sure enough, the media has flocked to Kentucky, North America to cover his impressive feat of taking the specifications in Genesis 6:15 and ...

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