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Moderator’s Musing – 24 December

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I trust this Christmas will be a time when you rediscover the wonder of “Emmanuel”, God is with us. I think “wonder” is one of the key – and under-appreciated Christian attributes. It puts us in a place humility, of learning, of imagination, and of being ready to engage the world, the story of faith, with an open heart and ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. This will be the final Religion wrap for 2018. Thanks to everyone for reading.  Explosive truth behind site of Jesus’ baptism Christianity Today goes in-depth on the current state of Jesus’ baptism site on Jordan River’s shore and the dangerous conditions which have been the legacy of the Six-Day War when ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    God’s rules back in schools? CBN News reports that Texas State Representative Dan Flynn is pushing for teachers in public schools to be able to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms with new legislation that would prohibit the board of trustees of an independent school from banning the posting of ...

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Social responsibility review – 12 December

This will be the last issue of Social Responsibility Review for 2018. Watch out for our return in the second half of January. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a just and fair New Year! What’s coming up Carols for the Earth  Come and sing ‘Carols for the Earth‘ with the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change on Saturday, ...

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6 Christmas gift ideas that don’t cost the planet

It’s that time of year again when people rack their brains thinking of what to buy their friends and family for Christmas. UnitingWorld’s Marcus Campbell suggests six items that won’t cost the planet.  We all say Christmas isn’t about the presents, and we mean it. Ask around. It’s about family and friends, our neighbourhoods buzzing with community spirit, parents belting out Michael ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 10 December

Uber, the biggest taxi company in the world, doesn’t own a car; Trivago sells hotel rooms, but doesn’t own a hotel; disruption is everywhere. I reckon the church has been in disruption since the 1960s, with the re-emergence of the Pentecostal tradition in Australia in one part, and the influence of “the Secular City” by Harvey Cox in mainline denominations ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Surrounded by fire, this cross will inspire Fox News reports on a church’s cross which withstood intense wildfires that destroyed 95 per cent of Paradise, California. Our Savior Lutheran Church was right in the centre of  devastating wildfires that engulfed much of the town and although the 54-year-old church building and parsonage were destroyed, a simple wooden cross survived the ...

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Book review: Marathon Wheeler: Living with Physical Disability

Perseverance is the theme of Rev Heather Coombes’ book about living with physical disability, reviewed by retired Uniting Church minister Rev Christopher Ridings. Now retired, Heather Coombes reflects upon her marathon journey in a wheelchair for the purpose of enriching life for those obliged to follow a similar rocky path. Born with cerebral palsy, Heather traces her family background and ...

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Social responsibility review – 5 December

What’s coming up Prayer vigil for South Sudanese youth Brisbane’s South Sudanese Faith Community, in collaboration with St David’s Uniting Church Coopers Plains and the South Moreton Presbytery, invite you to a prayer vigil this Saturday. In past months young South Sudanese people in Melbourne have been vilified by politicians and the press, making life difficult and stressful for the ...

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A few favourite books from 2018

As the year draws to a close and the books come out for a summer read on the beach or veranda, Nick Mattiske selects a few of his favourites from 2018. What were your favourites from this year? Please let us know in the comments below. Much of the focus of Tom Wright’s career has been on the theology of ...

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