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Moderator’s Musing – 13 August

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

August in Queensland is multicultural month, where we celebrate being a multicultural society. Any cursory reading of the New Testament shows the multicultural milieu in which Jesus lived and ministered and in which the early church grew and matured. It’s a wonderful lens to see the revelation of the gospel and the life of the church. Think about the models ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 August

What’s coming up Calling all people of the Uniting Church and friends! Assembly calls us all to participate in the Climate Strike on 20 September. Why? “Climate change is the singe greatest threat to livelihoods, security and well-being of peoples across the world. The people of rural Australia, the island nations in the Pacific and the world’s poorest are being ...

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Book review: Angels: A Visible and Invisible History

Angels are ingrained in western culture from the cherubic depictions seen in many classic paintings to the modern conception of protective guardians hovering around us that crop up in contemporary literature and movies. Nick Mattiske reviews Peter Stanford’s latest book on the topic, Angels: A Visible and Invisible History, and considers their origins in religion and their development over time. ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 5 August

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

Watching the news or political commentary on television often leaves me shaking my head.   There’s a lot of tension and conflict in our public dialogue; people set up—and quite happy to be so—in opposing corners to fight it out over an issue on the pretext that we are being informed. It reminds me more of Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tent than ...

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Social responsibility review – 2 August

What’s coming up Fairtrade Fortnight: 2-15 August Use this fortnight to learn about economic injustice and the disempowerment of farmers and workers in developing countries. Take a stand and switch to Fairtrade products – it is easy to find coffee, tea and chocolate at your local supermarket – just look for the Fairtrade mark. These products are delicious and inexpensive. ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Harris kisses marriage (and Christianity) goodbye News.com.au reports that well-known Christian author Josh Harris, who wrote the global hit I Kissed Dating Goodbye, has announced his will be divorcing his wife of 22 years. Harris is a former mega-church pastor but it was his 1997 book I Kissed Dating Goodbye that ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 19 July

What’s Coming Up Earth overshoot day “Earth Overshoot Day” marks the day in the year when we, the people of earth, have already consumed as many resources as the earth can replenish in one year. Getting earlier each year. We are looking to take action together with other Christian churches on 29 July. You can find a good clip from ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Spiritual case for faith in space In light of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the United States’ moon landing, ABC News examines the role faith has played in the lives of those venturing into space. Most famously Buzz Aldrin, before making his moon walk, took communion and later read from John’s ...

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Social responsibility review – 12 July

Coming up Six years too long July 19 marks six years since the “PNG Solution” was announced, ensuring that people seeking asylum arriving by boat after 19 July 2013 would be sent to a detention facility in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, and denied the opportunity to ever settle in Australia. The call of #SixYearsTooLong will be echoing across Australia ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  ScoMo’s call for prayer hits the right note at Hillsong SBS News reports on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s attendance at Hillsong Conference and his belief that Australia needed more prayer and love. With over 20,000 people in attendance the prime minister used the occasion to encourage people to pray and love ...

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