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Meet the new Raymont Residential College Principal

The new Raymont Residential College students are not the only fresh faces to arrive in 2020, with new Principal Arend Boog commencing in early February. With degrees in engineering and philosophy, Arend says the opportunity to give back to his old residential college is what inspired the career change. “I was a resident at New College while studying at the ...

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Without equality, the church is not whole

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Rev Janet Stains looks at the pursuit of gender equality. The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day #EachforEqual moves beyond individual action and calls on everyone to work together to achieve gender equality. The pursuit for gender equality has tended to centre around the key question: Should gender equality be achieved by treating women the same ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 25 February

A senior officer of the State Government texted me the other day with a simple request. “Can you get your church to pray for Aurukun?” This is after the State Government sought the church’s help to respond to the community violence in Aurukun in early January. Hundreds of people believed they were unsafe and fled to other communities on the ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 21 February

The appalling scene of violence on the suburban streets of Brisbane a couple of days ago has sent shockwaves across the nation. And rightly so.   We were confronted with a story that we hear all to often, that we see in statistics, but that we all too successfully keep away from our sensibilities. It is an uncomfortable truth.   Yet the scene of a burnt vehicle ...

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Book review: The Wind, The Fountain and the Fire

This year’s Lent book from publisher Bloomsbury explores the Book of Psalms as Christian monk Mark Barrett takes us on a tour of the dust, the mountain, the well, the light and the tomb to help readers enhance their understanding and experience of scripture. Nick Mattiske reviews. In Lent the tradition of giving up chocolate or alcohol (something I usually ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 January

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

The highlight for me this Australia Day was going to the new Mubarak Mosque of the Ahmadayya Muslim Community. They hosted a celebration of Australia Day that was quintessentially Australian. A recognition of the First Peoples, kids singing, politicians waffling on and a sausage sizzle. Some had even come from citizenship ceremonies that morning. The heartfelt appreciation for what it ...

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Alarm bells ringing for climate action

As the debate around climate change continue to intensify over a summer of devastating fires, floods and drought, Marguerite Marshall argues now is the time to take decisive action on the issue and has some suggestions for how readers can help do their part. Christians understand that new life can spring from devastation. From the despair of Jesus’ death came ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 21 January

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

What a tumultuous summer so far. The Victorians aren’t out of the woods with their bushfire season still having time to run, but there is hope that the worst is over. As the focus shifts towards cleaning up and reconstruction, a view to the future can now be addressed. We know that the trauma of these events has a long ...

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