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Social Responsibility Review – 21 June

What’s coming up “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future”  That’s this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, reflecting three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement, “From the Heart”. Learn more about the theme. We are invited to walk in a movement for a better future.  This year’s beautiful poster reads, “Early dawn light ...

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Moderator’s musing – 20 June

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Voluntary Assisted Dying is a topical issue in our society. Legislation will likely soon be introduced into the Queensland Parliament, after it has already been passed in Victoria. In order for the church to develop an informed position on this topic, in late 2018, on behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, I requested an update of the ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Hellish payday looms for “Angel” service Variety reports that family-friendly entertainment streamer VidAngel could be in for a massive bill after a trial commenced to determine how much the company will have to pay for copyright infringement. The service allowed users to watch popular entertainment properties such as Game of Thrones ...

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Social Responsiblity Review – 12 June

What’s coming up  Living the Change workshops  Queensland’s Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) invites you to two free workshops on 15 June, 2–5pm, and repeated on 30 June, 2–5pm, at St Andrew’s Anglican church, Vulture St, South Brisbane. Join Mark Delaney, (author of Low Carbon and Loving It) and others from ARRCC to learn ways to reduce our ...

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Crossing the cultural divide

Rev David J Hawke explores cross-cultural mission in the 21st century by looking to historical figures and how they humbly and respectfully interacted with those yet to hear the gospel message. Our world view affects us in the same way our autonomous body functions work: silently and unnoticeably. Defining our world view is hard. It is not until we encounter ...

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Book review: “Haunted by Christ” & “The Year of our Lord 1943”

Nick Mattiske reviews two new books (by Richard Harries and Alan Jacobs) featuring acclaimed writers W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot, primarily for their work in thinking about the role of writers and artists in speaking into modernity about the deeper questions. Harries writes from within Christianity, as it were, but the various writers he discusses in the chapters of Haunted ...

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Moderators Musing – 10 June

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Just had a truly inspiring weekend. Friday night saw the wider church come together at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, where the local Christian Religious Instruction Network heard how RI has been expanded to a further 16 schools in the West Moreton district due to the network’s efforts. The dinner raised just over $40 000 for this work in the coming ...

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Social responsibility review – 31 May

How do we appreciate our world? It matters not whether we can claim Celtic roots or not; it is within all of us to look at the landscape with spiritual and physical eyes and begin to appreciate it for what it is. A growing passion for the beauty of the world in which we work can lead to a renewal ...

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Moderator’s Musing – National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week, a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. In 2019 the theme is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together in Courage”. Now, I recognise that there may be quite a few across the life of ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 27 May

The 34th Synod in Session was held at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre earlier this month, and from my perspective, there were some real positive takeaways.  The bible studies and the Norman and Mary Millar lecture, delivered by Professor Anne Tiernan lifted my frame of reference, and provided me with renewed imagination and a vison of creativity. Anne’s message about ...

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