Five things to click this week

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New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. Here are five recent items that may interest the Uniting Church SA community.

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Church as a lighthouse – rethinking stewardship

Insights Magazine

Everyone dreads hearing that word “Stewardship”. The dots are automatically joined that it is all about money, whilst this may be how it is traditionally viewed we need to rethink it as part of a bigger picture. How would we in the church respond if rather than thinking it was about keeping the church running it was about a vision of the future and walking humbly with God?” This is the question posed by Rev Tara Curlewis, Supply Minister at Turramurra Uniting Church, in Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church’s NSW/ACT Synod.


How much is a congregation worth?

ABC Radio National

Presented during the Religion and Ethics Report on ABC’s Radio National, this segment explores how places of worship contribute to the economy. Presenter Andrew West talks to Dr Ram Cnaan from Pennsylvania University about the financial benefit of congregations for worshippers and the wider community.


Five hip modern hymns

Journey Online

The Queensland Synod publication, Journey shares five contemporary Christian songs to inspire people in their worship. Released from 2015-2017, these are tunes to get feet tapping and hearts pumping.


Winning images capture moments frozen in time


A competition held in every state by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers has gathered a wide variety of photos from South Australia. Entering in a range of categories, SA’s professional photographers shared images of nature, people and pets. This InDaily article includes a gallery of some of the winning photos.


John Safran says we still need to talk about religion


“Increasingly you can’t understand Australia if you’re not going to spend some time looking at things through a religious filter,” Australian writer and media personality John Safran recently told Crosslight, the Vic/Tas Synod magazine. In this article, he speaks about the importance of discussions on religion and extremism in the current Australia context.


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Does religion do more harm than good?

A recent article based on result from an Ipsos Poll reported that two out of three Australians think that religion does more harm than good. Rev Prof Andrew Dutney explores the results of this poll and the role of the church in Australia.


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