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Region’s top religions revealed … it’s not what you think

“Max Fleet THE Northern Rivers is losing faith while turning toward an “unlikely” religion, Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt has revealed.” hints thechronicle.com.au. LOSING FAITH: 2011 AND 2016 census data reveals a decline in Tradtitional Regions and a rise in Atheism and Pentacostalism accorss the Northern Rivers.”Pentecostals are the 11th largest religious religious group in […]

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Why does god get the credit?

“Or is it just dedicated, selfless, skilled work at play to save lives?” argues thechronicle.com.au. Nothing baffles me more than the immediate thanks given to god after a loved one survives a delicate surgery or hopeless situation.The fact they survived was all down to god and simply had to be a miracle.It wasn’t down to […]

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Ancient Aboriginal wisdom healing modern wounds

““Healing Circle Work is based on ancient aboriginal healing practices and while it is not a therapeutic program, participants experience their own transformational outcomes,” she said.” says thechronicle.com.au. ANCIENT Aboriginal healing practises are transforming the lives of both indigenous and non-indigenous adults, with the latest program participant’s set to start next year with new-found optimism.The […]

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Sunshine Coast youth: God is in the house

“CityEdge youth pastor Nick Bothe said many teenagers on the Coast were hit hard by bullying at school and loneliness.” says thechronicle.com.au. Youth themselves, he said, may just go along to youth nights because it was fun but sub-consciously it could be because it was a safe place where they felt they belonged.It’s youth church […]

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Reflecting on our relationship with God

“My thoughts then are revolving around this: our desire is often to push God away, to elevate God so far above us, that God becomes irrelevant to our daily lives.” notices thechronicle.com.au. This tradition may not be accurate, but it does represent an important movement in the history of our thinking about God. God on […]

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Tributes flow for much-loved Coast priest Fr John Dobson

“EARLIER: THE Sunshine Coast Catholic community is mourning the loss of long-serving parish priest and community member Fr John Dobson.” argues thechronicle.com.au. The Caloundra Catholic community is mourning the loss of long-serving parish priest and community member Fr John Dobson.Inga Williams USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill has expressed his condolences to the family and friends […]

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$200k raised to rebuild Toowoomba mosque

“THE Sydney Islamic community have donated close to $200,000 towards rebuilding the Garden City mosque during a week-long fundraising effort.” asserts thechronicle.com.au. Enjoying the fundraising lunch in Sydney are (back row, from left) Sheikh Youssef Hassan (from Sydney) and Professor Shahjahan Khan with (front row, from left) Sheikh Shady AlSuleiman (from Sydney) and Imam Abdul […]

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ScoMo should tread very carefully with religion laws

“Picture: AAP/Kelly Barnes Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement he will introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to take to the next election pitches directly to his conservative base.” claims thechronicle.com.au. Unlike other protections against discrimination – which look to limit the ability to discriminate – a Religious Discrimination Act would embed the right to do exactly […]

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Show some mercy to the non-believers: Opinion

“Rather than teach the concept of allegory, the ironically named Sisters of Mercy insisted, between relatively harsh punishments for questioning the word of God, that the story was real.” argues thechronicle.com.au. And, according to the Constitution, here in Australia there must be a separation of church and state.I expect no reward after I cark it; […]

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Cruise ‘punished’ fellow Scientologists

““Scientologists are told that Tom Cruise is saving the world single-handedly, so he is considered a deity within Scientology.” claims thechronicle.com.au. Remini, 48, told the Daily Beast that Cruise – one of the church’s highest ranking members – received special treatment by Scientologists.She also claimed an official inside the church told her Miscavige ordered Cruise […]