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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Mike gets Pence-ive about faith CBN News reports US Vice President Mike Pence‘s comments in response to claims by popular television show The View that his hearing Jesus Christ was akin to mental illness. The View co-host Joy Behar remarked, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus ...

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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.  Lent for Gen Y: junk food and tweets get the goodbye ABC News explores Lent for millennials and what they’ll be giving up for the season. While some have chosen to abstain from drinking alcohol to mark the occasion, many young Christians are choosing to boycott social media, junk food and even ...

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Reconnecting with stories that matter

Easter cartoon

Phil Day’s cartoon above highlights the juxtaposition the church in many parts of the west is finding itself in relation to the broader western society. I recently noticed one hotel in Brisbane advertising a family-friendly Easter, with Easter egg hunts, special menus, the whole nine yards. While there are powerful commercial and ideological interests at play now in the Easter ...

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The times they are a-changin’

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

The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is the passage of ordinary time; hours, days, months, years, however we measure that mysterious quality. Kairos is the idea of time as being of significance; that quality of a period of time that holds a more profound significance than any other time. “It was the right time,” ...

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Five things about Lent explained

5 things about Lent explained. Photo: Supplied

Lent is a special time in the church’s calendar for prayer, reflection and repentance. Journey uncovers five things you may not have known about the period and its traditions. Why do we call it Lent?  The term “Lent” has its roots in the Old English words lencten (spring season) and lenctentid (springtide) which also are associated with the “lengthening days” ...

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Getting ready to get ready for Easter

Reverend Father Anastasios Bozikis. Photo: by Rohan Salmond.

Lent is a season binding Christians together no matter their church tradition, but it is observed very differently depending on where you go. What does it look like for the Uniting Church to observe Lent? Rohan Salmond explores. For more than 1000 years Christians everywhere have observed Lent, an annual 40-day time of fasting and reflection in preparation for Easter. ...

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March Journey now available

March Journey masthead

Are we there yet? The March edition of Journey is available to read and download. The Uniting Church is very, very fond of travel imagery. From the Basis of Union’s declaration that “the Church is a pilgrim people” to the Queensland Synod’s Together on the way, enriching community journey to the masthead of this very magazine, it’s a sentiment you will find ...

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April Journey now available

The April 2014 edition of Journey is now available!

The April edition of Journey magazine is now available in PDF. You can download this edition and all previous editions back to 2005 on the download page. Remember the Easter promise In the hyper-commercialised lead-up to Easter, it can be easy to forget that Easter eggs are more than about chocolate—they are a promise. Traditionally they were chickens’ eggs which, just like ...

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Fast track for prayer

Uniting Church Queensland Synod Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds

A lady came to visit my office this week and told me about the work she was doing as a pastor in her community. She said that when things get tough they move into a time of fasting and prayer. They fasted for three days like Queen Esther. The police came past the church and said, “Keep praying, we haven’t ...

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Travel guides for the Lenten journey

Lent for Everyone, by NT Wright; Lent Event and The Last Week, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

For many Uniting Church members Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and for participating in Bible study. Lent gives us a special focus in the journey towards Easter as we observe the death of Christ and the celebration of resurrection, writes Neil Thorpe. In the early Church, Lent was a time of preparation for the baptisms which would take ...

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