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Enduring the yoke of COVID-19

Carpentaria Presbytery Minister Rev Garry Hardingham reflects on recent news coming from Victoria of another COVID-19 outbreak and looks to Jeremiah 28 for understanding our own predicament of enduring the COVID-19 yoke.  Over the last few days I have been enthralled by the story of Jeremiah and Hananiah from the book of Jeremiah, chapter 28. I see such richness in its ...

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Preaching through silence during disasters

St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba Minister Rev Dr Linda Hamill has recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary, St Paul Minnesota, USA, with a focus on preaching after disaster and disaster-related ministry. James O’Callaghan spoke to Linda about her work. It seems like every week there is a new disaster that has impacted our ...

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Why give when there’s so much need at home?

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact the Australian economy, UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor explores how the Christian faith shapes attitudes towards globally-focused generosity. With millions out of work in Australia and the economy flailing, we put a simple question to a couple of Queenslanders: “In the midst of so much need here in Australia, why do you continue to support ...

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The Jubilee and today’s pandemic

Redcliffe Uniting Church Minister Rev Paul Clark explores the biblical rules surrounding Jubilee and wonders whether there are lessons to learn for today’s church in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are tempted to ask, “Is this a punishment from God? Where is God in this time? Is God telling us something?” Perhaps the Jubilee ...

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What is the next normal?

Scott Guyatt

For now the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal of social distancing, hand sanitiser and closed churches (amongst many other major changes to our lives) but as we slowly see restrictions ease, many will be asking what will life be like on the other side of the pandemic. Scott Guyatt examines the key questions and considers what the future ...

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St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital nurse takes COVID-19 pandemic in her stride

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the health landscape, and roles like Infection Control Coordinator at St Andrew’s held by Lyn Cribb have been thrust into the spotlight. Journey reports.  Training, upskilling and process clarification have become a daily focus for Lyn, a nurse whose career spans 31 years working across surgical, endoscopy, theatre, oncology, Risk and Quality and infection control. Prior ...

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Putting pen to paper for pandemic connections

While text message and email have become the ubiquitous method of choice for communicating, St David’s Neighbourhood Centre has turned to pen and paper as a fresh way of keeping young and old connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karen Shapcott—St David’s Neighbourhood Centre Community Connections Coordinator—writes. St David’s Uniting Church and St David’s Neighbourhood Centre were hosting intergenerational programs long ...

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Farewell to Haigslea Uniting Church after 109 years of service

With over 100 years in existence the Haigslea Uniting Church was all set to close its doors in late March with a service of dissolution but the COVID-19 pandemic changed all those plans. Despite pandemic-related restrictions, the church still took steps to thank those in the church community with a farewell video. James O’Callaghan reports. After 109 years, the Haigslea ...

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Online learning and fellowship despite the distancing

As educational institutions transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity College Queensland is no exception, and despite the social distancing online learning and fellowship continues for the staff and students. Trinity’s Systematic Theology Lecturer Dr Victoria Lorrimar writes.  No doubt this is about the 112th article you’ve read on how Christians ought to respond to COVID-19. What else can ...

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Church and community during a pandemic

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) CEO Rosie Kendall explores the way in which the Christian faith can respond to this time of crisis with faith and showing love to the community. Humans are fundamentally relational beings, dependent and incomplete by design; no one can be who they truly are in isolation. But Australia is a socially fragmented society. The average Aussie ...

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