Give your life a Spring clean
Oct19

Give your life a Spring clean

Article by Carey Hauri. As the cold gives way to the warmth of Spring we get the urge to open our doors and windows and sweep out the cobwebs and clutter of Winter.  Life coach Carey Hauri invites us to do the same with our lives. In our busy, demanding daily lives, there is often little time left for rest, reflection and refreshment.  The result?  We feel tired, drained, stressed and anxious.  Our spiritual, physical and mental...

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Faith and politics: Christian voices in the public square
Oct16

Faith and politics: Christian voices in the public square

Article by Tim Hein. I am an ordained Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia. I am also the Elected Councillor in local government, at the City of Mitcham in South Australia. I was asked recently how I justify my two positions in light of the doctrine of the separation of church and state. How can I be both an ordained Minister, and an elected representative in Local Government? It’s a fair question, and goes to the...

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The power of mentoring: when friendship snowballs into community
Sep18

The power of mentoring: when friendship snowballs into community

Article by Linda Jordan. For many years now the question of what can and should be done for globally displaced people has been asked and largely unanswered. The causes of displacement are complex. But whose responsibility is it to do something for these people? Is it ours? And what can we do anyway? No single one of us is ever going to solve the problem. But we are certainly not powerless. Georgie Tucker, a young occupational...

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Sep07

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Article by Annette Spurr. Carolann’s life began on the devastated, post World War II streets of London, when Londoners still shook with fear at every loud noise, believing that war could reignite at any given moment. In fact, the government of the day encouraged Londoners to take up cigarettes and alcohol to self-medicate. It was into this environment that Carolann was born. The result of a failed abortion, as her mother reminded her...

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Your teenager needs to know that you like them!
Sep04

Your teenager needs to know that you like them!

Article by Sharon Witt. In my first two years of teaching High School students, I will happily admit now that I had little idea how to relate to teenagers, let alone those with bad attitudes, negative self-image and distaste for being in school and having to learn. Talk about a steep learning curve! As you would expect of a young, naïve twenty two year old graduate, I made many mistakes in those early days when dealing with the...

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