26th Synod

No General Secretary appointed yet

The 26th Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church was thrown into confusion when the recommendation of the Nominating Selection Committee for the appointment of a new General Secretary was not confirmed. The Committee which included two former Moderators reported that it had interviewed four applicants for the position and was bringing its preferred candidate as a unanimous recommendation. The General ...

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Worship focused at Synod

The 26th Synod’s theme was interpreted visually in a developing image on a Worship Focus Table placed in front of the Synod throughout the meeting. The Worship Focus Table was put together by Caroline Holmes Jenni Farquhar, and Sharon Kirk. Caroline Holmes explained to Journey that the table evolved over the five days of Synod and focused on Dare to ...

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Great faithfulness acknowledged

On Sunday 19 May, the Synod paused in proceedings to celebrate people in ministry, those who have retired, those who have passed away and those who have been ordained since the last Synod meeting. General Secretary Rev Jenny Timms and the Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman congratulated retiring ministers, 17 in all, and welcomed eight new ministers. Retiring ministers were ...

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Another huge Synod contest but with a winner this time

Members of the 26th Synod meeting at Alexandra Headland took a lunch break on Sunday to enter combat in the City vs. Country annual Charles Farnsworth Memorial Touch Football clash. The Farnsworth Trophy was named for a mythological student of Trinity Theological College and a grudge match was expected after a strongly contested draw at the 25th Queensland Synod at ...

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Schools help Synod celebrate

The Synod celebration held on Saturday evening, 19 May, was an extravaganza complete with pyrotechnics showcasing talented young people from three Uniting Church schools (Calvary Christian College, Moreton Bay College, and Forest Lake College). To celebrate the 30th birthday of Uniting Church the stage was decorated with brightly coloured banners displaying the Synod theme: “Dare to discover, dream, design, and ...

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Sound recordings available from the 26th Queensland Synod of the Uniting

To hear these recordings either click on the "HERE" link or right click your mouse and choose "Save target as". Moderator’s report to the Synod: In his opening address to the 26th Synod meeting of the Queensland Synod the Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman highlighted missional leadership, the future of congregations and the Australian political climate as key issues for ...

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Church goes green

The Queensland Synod has made a commitment to reducing the its greenhouse gas emissions. In a decision this morning the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church moved to act in response to the threat of climate change. In recognising the threat climate change poses to our nation and the world, the Queensland Synod has committed itself to reducing greenhouse gas ...

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Synod receives proposals for major education development

Theological Education Task Group chairperson Rev Bruce Johnson addressed the Queensland Synod meeting on Friday 18 May proposing a theological education network with two areas of focus. “We envisage one integrated institution (provisionally called Network for Christian Formation, NCF), with two arms, Trinity Theological College offering training which may lead to Bachelor’s and Postgraduate qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework ...

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Unitingcare justifies hydrotherapy pool decision

UnitingCare Director Anne Cross assured the Queensland Synod that the future of the Uniting Church’s Community Services work was looking bright, and acknowledged the difficulties She commended the work of the heads of UnitingCare agencies Blue Care, Lifeline Community Care, Uniting Health care, UnitingCare Centre for Social Justice, and Crossroads and said UnitingCare was “looking forward and move forward with ...

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Moderator’s Medals for marvellous church members

Eight people have been awarded Moderator’s community service medals at the 26th Synod of the Queensland Uniting Church. Three of the medal awardees were present at the Synod meeting at Alexandra Headland on Saturday 19 May. Gloria Malone who has been a volunteer at Blue Care and Lifeline for the past 18 years. Ms Malone was recognised for her work ...

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