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October 2016 Journey now available

October 2016 Journey masthead.

This edition we’re unveiling some new sections which we hope bring a fresh dimension to the magazine: “Humans of UCA”, a look at the wide spectrum of people that make up the church, and “Whatever happened to”, a trip down memory lane to examine faith-themed concepts that may have been given heavy focus in the past but have since been ...

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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. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. Salvation Army Major Geoff Freind has died after being assaulted in Malawi during a preaching tour Earlier this week The Salvation Army released a statement announcing their concern for the well-being ...

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What the church needs to learn from Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is taking the world by storm. Photo: Pokémon GO YouTube channel, Niantic

The augmented reality app sweeping the world is sending a lot of people to church. Mardi Lumsden offers some lessons the church needs to learn from the phenomenon. Your buildings are landmarks, but you need to get out more PokéStops, gyms etc. are decided by a database of user-supplied data created for a previous game by the same company. It uses players’ ...

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Expanded: Rev Dr Geoff Thompson and disturbing the Basis of Union

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson at the recent launch of his book, Trinity Theological Library, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Here in Queensland to promote his new book, Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union, Rev Dr Geoff Thompson sat down with Journey to delve deeper into issues of faith, society and the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union. Journey: If there’s one takeaway from the book, what is it? Geoff: The ...

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Film review: God Willing

God Willing (2015) still. Photo property of Palace Films.

There’s a distinctly European flavour to God Willing (Se Dio vuole), the 2015 Italian comedy about love and faith which won Best New Director for writer-director Edoardo Falcone at the recent Italian Oscars. Dianne Jensen reviews this subtle commentary on the search for meaning in a post-Christian society. The lifestyle of the dysfunctional family at the heart of this film ...

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Seven things to do before we turn 40

40th birthday approaches. Photo: Supplied

Having trouble coping with an upcoming four zero birthday? The Uniting Church in Australia will hit the big 40 milestone in 2017 and Journey has put together some things to do before we cut the cake. Celebrate how far we’ve come! We are Australia’s first home-grown church, formed with a dangerous, creative mission to journey as pilgrims. Over nearly four decades we ...

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Adrian Plass: Honest to God

Adrian Plass; "The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend" (Hodder & Stoughton). Photo: Supplied.

At the tail end of a two-month speaking tour of Australia, Ashley Thompson catches up with British author and poet Adrian Plass to reflect on his last 29 years of unintended ministry. It’s been almost 30 years since Adrian Plass broke through the silence of church niceties with brutal, hilarious honesty. Bracing for “evangelicals with pitchforks” upon the release of ...

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Everald: Larger than life

Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton. Photo taken by Journey.

As one of Australia’s largest providers of aged care services, the Uniting Church has a huge investment in ageing … and rightly so, given our demographic profile. John Harrison talks to an 84-year-old Uniting Church elder out to make a difference. His febrile Twitter handle says it all: @EVERALDATLARGE. At 84 years of age, Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton ...

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October 2015 Journey now available

The October edition of Journey magazine is now available to download. The heart of community When I was in Sunday School, it was drilled into me that church is not a building, it is a community. Church can happen anywhere, “wherever two or three are gathered in my name”. It is a body and a family which grows and changes, reflecting Christ’s love ...

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Five ways to pursue happiness

Smiley faces. Graphic by Holly Jewell.

It’s official, belonging to a faith community contributes to health and happiness. In fact, the keys to the good life identified by mental health experts pretty much echo the Biblical imperatives to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Here are five top tips for happiness: Give Generosity is beneficial to your physical and mental health. Making someone ...

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