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Engage Together – Intergenerational Worship Resources for Pentecost (Jun-Jul 2017)

This new and FREE resource takes as its source material the suggested readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, thus making it especially suitable for particular denominations (such as the Anglican, Lutheran and Uniting Churches) and usable by any church. Its basic approach is to take as a foundation the general principles of multi-age worship
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What is the Church?

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Rev Prof Bill Loader enjoys writing stories for his grandchildren. On his web page here, if you scroll down a long way you'll find a PDF of a simple visual story about "What is the Church?" Check it out. He's also a New Testament scholar in his spare time.

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Lectio Divina - Dr. John Westerhoff, III

Here's my teacher from Duke University in the 1980's. A remarkable man, now in his 80s, speaking about prayer,

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Harry Baker: The power of self-acceptance

Poets and doctors both save lives, just in different ways. World-champion slam poet Harry Baker shares the heartache of forfeiting the path of medicine for a self-guided career in poetry and writing. This talk is an ode to choosing to be different.

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Practices, Pedagogy, and Life Together

"Practices, Pedagogy, and Life Together" David I. Smith Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture Higher Learning 2016

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Our Church. Our Hopes.

Young leaders speak on the 40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church Young adults in the Uniting Church are not leaders for tomorrow but leaders today. 

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Resources for Supporting People with Dementia

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Faith communities have something important to offer. Not only can they help support people living with dementia and their carers – they can also help to prevent dementia from developing in the first place by promoting social interaction and healthy lifestyles. We have created a collection of inspiring examples of how faith communities from different traditions are tackling these issues and becoming dementia friendly

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Don't Forget Families

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Family relationships are key to developing character strengths
In the midst of growing national interest in strengthening children’s “soft” or social-emotional skills as critical for learning, work, and life, a new study from Search Institute highlights the power of family relationships as a critical, but often neglected, factor in the development of character strengths in children.

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Missional entrepreneurship

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Anvil is an online mission journal from the Church of England. This edition of Anvil explores the relationship between mission and enterprise. It opens up the idea that another way of thinking about mission and business is to imagine that business in and of itself can be a means of participation in God’s mission.

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Transforming Worship

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A national gathering for preachers, worship leaders, musicians, artists, poets and anyone interested in exploring the formative and transformative nature of Christian worship. 27-30 July, 2017, Adelaide SA. Hosted by the Uniting Church national Assembly.

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The Forgotten Factor: Placing Community at the Heart of Mission

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Especially in western Christianity, community has often been a neglected aspect of mission and evangelism. This compelling study offers a means of approaching mission that places community at its heart, enabling local churches to better express their missional calling.
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Faith and Belief

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New research "Faith and Belief in Australia: A national study on religion, spirituality and worldview trends."

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Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms - Fuller Studio

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On the first year anniversary of FULLER studio, we reflect on our inaugural conversation on the Psalms between author Eugene Peterson and musician Bono. In celebration, we are pleased to offer five new, exclusive videos from an additional interview conducted subsequently in New York

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Leadership Conference - AlphaTalks

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Alpha has a big conference and you can find a bunch of their videos here. Some of the stuff is great, and some is not my cup of English Breakfast. But that's OK. I'm a coffee guy, after all.

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8 characteristics of adaptive, innovative leaders

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Leading well now and into the future requires an “innovator’s mindset” that leads to the creation of new and better ideas. Listed below are eight characteristics that support a mindset of ongoing reflection, renewal and innovation.
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eSafety - Australian Government

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The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner leads online safety education for the Australian Government and protects Australian children when they experience cyberbullying by administering a complaints scheme. The Office also deals with complaints about prohibited online content.
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Media and Religion - Peter Horsfield

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This website is a collection of forty years of research, writing and speaking in the fascinating field of media and religion. Most of it has been published and is available in books, journals or academic sites, but this site brings it together in one place that is more freely accessible to the general, scholarly or student reader.
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Six Practices of the Church - Video Series

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"The goal of this series is to help leaders understand the character of our secular age, identify some specific challenges and highlight the opportunities that exist for the Church to bring hope wherever she exists." 

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Yeah, church is a "she"... Not a good sales pitch. I'm sharing this because I'm working on the whole practices thing.

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Does the Silicon Chip change who we are?

Dr John Harrison from the University of Queensland prepared this for the Spiritual Care Australia national conference.

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NATIONAL YOUTH MINISTRY CONVENTION

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We all have those times in our youth ministry where we just do not know what we should do next. Here's the perfect place for inspiration. The National Youth Ministry Convention is Australia's key youth ministry training event. 9-11 October 2017, Gold coast.

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Training for leaders, volunteers, chaplains, teachers, ministers, pastors, and anyone passionate about learning more about youth ministry. This is the largest ecumenical training event in Australia. Come and join the UCA crew!

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Kara Powell on Intergenerational Relationships

Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/), suggests that fostering intergenerational relationships is the most effective method to support the faith of young people—and invigorate entire congregations.

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