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Sarah Hands will present a workshop on Friday 28 September at UnitingWomen on “God Woven Creativity – using our gifts wisely”. Have you ever wished you were creative? Maybe you are creative but are too scared to step out and start a project. I believe we are all born creative. As Christians we serve a God who in his very ...

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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.      Lebanon is having Nun of that movie The New Arab reports on the banning of the Hollywood horror film The Nun in Lebanon after the film failed the nation’s censorship test, apparently due to its offensiveness to Christianity. Georges Asmar, who runs a media agency specialising in the region’s ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 20 September

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

Just did a run through Mary Burnett, Central Queensland and the Central West last week with Rev Peter Armstrong, UnitingCare Queensland’s Associate Director of Mission, Community Engagement. In the midst of drought that we have all been reminded about—thanks to the media paying attention to what’s happening in New South Wales—I want to add some nuancing to what we’re hearing ...

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Nathaniel Buzolic: Christian, actor and Insta influencer

This article originally appeared on Insights. Special thanks to Adrian Drayton.  While he may not be a household name, Nathaniel Buzolic’s 1.9 million followers on Instagram are both avid fans of the TV shows he has been involved with and his openness to share his faith on the social media platform. An Australian of Croatian heritage now living in Los ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 18 September

What’s coming up Mental Health Week 6–14 October This year’s theme is Value mental health. There are six steps: Be active, Keep learning, Give, Connect, Take notice and Care. Resources are available to help celebrate this important week. Find an event near you. How about organising an event in your congregation? Here’s a kit to help you. Sunday 14 October ...

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My Response to Progressive Christianity

As part of the UC Forum’s Bursary Application process, interested parties were asked to write an essay exploring issues relating to progressive Christianity and traditional orthodoxy. Successful bursary recipient Deon Naudé writes his response to progressive Christianity. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one ...

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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.  Theocracy won’t grow under PM ScoMo ABC News explores Christianity in public life after Scott Morrison, a noted evangelical, became Australia’s Prime Minister. Simon Smart writes many of Australia’s top leaders have been Christians (Julia Gillard being one big exception) and there’s very little chance the nation will be plunged into a ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 11 September

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

Over the weekend, I attended the funeral for Jim Gibson. Jim, aside from being a wonderful family man, creator of innumerable projects, and architect, was the designer of the Uniting Church in Australia logo. He also credited Rev Bob Evans, Don Hutton and church members as co-creators. These three individuals were a part of the Working Group on Paraphernalia and ...

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Teaching children how to pray

Before you could spell, when you were a small child, what did the word “prayer” mean to you? Can you remember the first time you prayed? Stephanie Controneo, former primary school chaplain at Moreton Bay College, explores spaces can open up children’s understanding of prayer. As a primary school chaplain, inviting children and staff to pray during chapel services and ...

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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.      Keep it strange if you want the change The Christian Post reports on a new book by Michael Frost which claims that eccentric actions may be key to growing the church. Keep Christianity Weird is Frost’s take on rule-breaker movements and he sees pastors using unconventional methods in their ministry ...

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