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Five things to click this week

New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. These five recent items address topics such as the Kingdom of God, Frontier Services Patrol Ministry, white supremacy, conversations on marriage, and children's prayers for the Uniting Church.

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Not losing FACE

Although this year’s About FACE program has been postponed to 2018, it remains an important Uniting Church activity and provides a unique opportunity to deepen understanding and build relationships.

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Community spirit brings new life

The Hamley Bridge Uniting Church community pulled together to plant trees at The Hideout, a property owned by the local Brown family whose land was affected by the 2015 Pinery Bushfire.

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Fighting discrimination is in our DNA

Recently, a religious organisation has called for a religious exemption to the Disability Discrimination Act, arguing that people with mental illnesses could disturb the “sacred activities” in church services. Rev Andy Calder comments.

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Here am I: volunteering at William Creek

Service to God in the outback can be like the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, says Pastor Paul Glazbrook, Patrol Minister for the Parkin-Sturt Patrol in South Australia.

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Where is God in the chaos?

“God is good in the midst of the darkness; God is good in the midst of evil. God is in the midst, no matter what is happening in the world. And he loves you, and he’s here for you.” Cath Taylor from UnitingWorld talks about finding God in the midst of chaos.

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Five things to click this week

New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. These five recent items address topics such as stewardship, how congregations contribute to the economy, modern hymns, SA photography, and religious discussions.

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Gearing up for regeneration at Grange

In recent months, Grange Uniting Church has begun to seriously consider how they will continue to serve and act as a witness in their local community. Inspired by the recent discussion of church planting, the congregation feels led to a regeneration process.

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Supporting Syrian education

With increasing numbers of refugees fleeing the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis, Uniting Church congregations in Australia and UnitingWorld partners overseas are emphasising the importance of education, particularly for refugee children living in limbo in Lebanon.

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Crisis in South Sudan

This Refugee Week (18-24 June), Rev Amel Manyon is asking Uniting Church members to reflect on what being a refugee means and the poor conditions being faced by many across the world – in their own countries and in those where they seek refuge.

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Over 200 years of community service

UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little shares her thoughts on the Uniting Church 40th anniversary and the long history of community service in Australia.

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Making moves at Meadows

Meadows Uniting Church is a small country faith community with a big vision – to see the church become a community centre where people from the local community can be encouraged and ministered to, and have their needs met.

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Reconciliation support at Strathalbyn

Helen Stacey Bunton and Freda Jaadawa Mills reflect on the two moving community events held by St Andrews Strathalbyn Uniting Church, the Strath Neighbourhood Centre and the Aboriginal Reference Group for Reconciliation Week in 2017.

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Oodles of enthusiasm at Oodnadatta

The Pilgrimage of Healing is run annually during Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June). This year the focus is on supporting young people to grow in faith, ministry and discipleship through the Congress faith community at Oodnadatta.

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Faithful witness to Christ

“Be a witness!” This was the challenge presented by Moderator of the Northern Synod, Rev Thresi Mauboy, at the opening devotion of the 2017 Indonesian National Conference held in Perth from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May. Rev Dr John Squires reports.

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Transformation through worship

The upcoming Transforming Worship conference will gather worship leaders, musicians and others to explore the formative and transformative nature of worship. New Times speaks to Ruth Duck and Stephen Burns, two keynote speakers contributing to the conference.

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A lesson for parents and the church

As Mothers Day (Sunday 14 May) approaches, Rev Steph Tai reflects on an important lesson motherhood taught her - one that she believes also applies to the church.

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What if every church engaged young people meaningfully?

The youth will inherit the future but they are also a vital part of the present. Have our churches done enough to meaningfully transition leadership and responsibility from one generation to the next? Scott Guyatt writes.

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Rain and remembrance: Anzac Day at Manna Hill

Pastor Paul Glazbrook, a Frontier Services Patrol Minister supporting remote area ministry and communities in SA, regularly shares updates about his life, travels and ministry. In this article, he reflects on Anzac Day and the service he led at Manna Hill.