25th Synod

Wilson steps down – urges Church to step up

 As Dr Jill Wilson steps down as the current Chairperson of the UnitingCare Board, she encouraged the Synod to continue reflecting on the changing nature of UnitingCare. “This church has an enormous amount to be proud of. The issue now is how we take it forward and what we do with it next.” Dr Wilson urged the church to think ...

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Church urged to be truly inclusive of people with disabilities

A passion for working with people with disabilities and those who feel called to minister among people with disabilities is what makes Rev Darcy Elks a compelling speaker. Presenting the Norman and Mary Millar Lecture as part of the 25th Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland, Ms Elks urged the church to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.  A ...

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Theological Education Task Group requests more time

Chair of the Theological Education Task Group Mr Rob Leivesley brought a preliminary report to the 25th meeting of the Queensland Synod. The Task Group understands the need to provide quality theological education in a financially sustainable environment and said that, while the face-to-face college environment remains important, it needs to be supplemented by other facilities which provide for self ...

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Historic links for Synod venue

Graham Leo, a Uniting Church member and Principal of Emmanuel College venue for the 25th Synod, welcomed the Uniting Church to the school’s facilities. Acknowledging the traditional and past owners of the land Mr Leo welcomed the Uniting Church on behalf of the current owners. Speaking at the start of Synod business on Saturday morning Mr Leo said that Emmanuel ...

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Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman – Sharing our life in Christ

Rev Dr David Pitman’s first order of business as the new Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia was to open the 25th Synod meeting. Dr Pitman said there was a habit of approaching meetings begrudgingly within the Uniting Church, but assured the Synod that the Uniting Church makes every effort to make meetings interesting and ...

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$2 million kicks-off new Synod Vision for Mission

Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman opened his introduction to the Queensland Synod’s Draft Strategic Vision by quoting from The Daily Mail List Email Newsletter saying, "Vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare." "This Vision is not a blueprint. It’s more a description of what new initiatives in mission might look like as new work is ...

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Farewell to fair moderator

Retiring moderator Rev Allan Kuchler gave his farewell address on the first morning of the 25th meeting of the Queensland Synod and spoke of positives and negatives of in his term as Moderator. He stated that not all experiences of his term as Moderator have been joyful. “Often expectations and reality are poles apart,” he said. “But nothing will ever take away ...

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Sensitive multicultural conversation

As he welcomes a large group of multicultural congregation visitors, the Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman reminded the Synod that in 1985 the Uniting Church made a commitment to be a multi-cultural church. He explained that we see this in many ways in the Queensland Synod in congregations which worship in other language groups, and in congregations which are made ...

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A diverse church celebrates

A trumpet fanfare and procession with children, balloons, robed ministers and massed choir opened the celebration of the 25th Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church. Uniting Church members from across Queensland joined the outgoing Moderator Rev Allan Kuchler as he welcomed and inducted the new Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman. Local aboriginal elder Graham Dylan welcomed the gathering on behalf ...

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Preaching for call and passion

Preaching at the celebration of the 25th Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church, the newly inducted Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman challenge the Synod and the congregation to affirm their calling in Christ and to seek in the power of the Spirit the renewal of their passion for Christ and for his gospel. Dr Pitman told of a conscious memory ...

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