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Lay education takes root in Taiwanese youth

Jack Shao. Photo: Holly Jewell.

Brisbane Taiwanese Uniting Church youth mentor and Trinity College Queensland alumni, Jack Shao is encouraging the next generation of youth to undertake lay education. Ashley Thompson writes. Immigrating with his family to Australia at 14, Jack Shao has been attending the Brisbane Taiwanese congregation for 25 years. A Brisbane Boys’ College old boy, he was baptised at 17 and has ...

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Juggling for wells

The Lakes College student and Uniting Church member Conor Kikkert juggling. Photo: Ashley Thompson

Redcliffe Uniting Church’s Conor Kikkert can juggle in one hand while solving a Rubik’s Cube in the other; but it’s not this talent alone that has garnered him national media attention.  Ashley Thompson writes. You may have been surprised last November to find Conor, a conscientious and unassuming 12-year-old, busking at the Redcliffe markets and outside his school, The Lakes ...

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Moderator’s Community Service Medal: The search is on

Uniting Church in Queensland moderator David Baker, UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross, 2014 Moderator’s Community Service Medal recipient Shirley Wyatt and Maria Maloney, Wesley Hospital volunteer manager. Photo: Holly Jewell

UnitingCare Queensland is on the lookout for outstanding volunteers who reflect the UnitingCare Queensland mission. Emily Murray writes. The search is on for nominations for the 2016 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Successful nominees will have the opportunity to be presented with their medal during the Uniting Church in Queensland’s 32nd Synod meeting at Alexandra Park Conference Centre 20–24 May. UnitingCare ...

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Newlife College celebrates one year

Newlife College students Jason Mountjoy, Joshua Capuano, James Hunt. Photo by Bruce Mullan.

One year after opening, Queensland’s newest ministry college continues to grow. Journey explores. Newlife Uniting Church is celebrating the first full year of operations for its new ministry college. Newlife College ran two full semesters last year, and campus coordinator Shahn Dee is looking forward to what 2016 will bring. “We’ve just finished our first year of enrolling and teaching ...

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Giving the gift of clean water

Kama and her daughter collect water from a water point in Akula community in Gambella, Ethiopia, that is hosting over 1600 refugees of the Bruer ethnic group from South Sudan.

Every Christmas the National Council of Churches’ international aid agency Act for Peace runs the Christmas Bowl Appeal to support people around the world living through conflict and displacement. Journey reports. “Nothing could have prepared me for the shocking reality facing refugees living in Akula camp,” says Delphine Vuagnoux, who coordinates the Christmas Bowl appeal for Act for Peace. “Walking ...

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Christmas boost for isolated families

Rev Peter Blauw with members of Mareeba Uniting Church

Mareeba Uniting Church and UnitingCare Community have joined forces to deliver neighbourly support to drought-affected families in north Queensland this Christmas. Dianne Jensen reports. The Mareeba Uniting Church congregation is hoping to raise at least $3000 to provide gift vouchers to nearly 70 families served by UnitingCare Community’s North Queensland Remote Area Families Service (RAFS). Burke, Carpentaria, Doomadgee and parts ...

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Blue Care honoured with grants, hall of fame

Blue Care nurse Lista Tranter (left) with Sister Olive Smith (nee Crombie), who was the first Blue Nurse in 1953.

Not-for-profit service provider Blue Care will launch new programs to care for people with dementia. Journey reports. Blue Care has received $243 000 in grant funding to implement programs to care for people with dementia. The grant funding was awarded by a coalition of philanthropic groups: the Perpetual Foundation—John Thomas Wilson Endowment, the Gladys Myrtle Brown Charitable Trust and the ...

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Photos reveal face of Aussie poverty

Adam sells the Big Issue on his pitch near the Queen Street Mall.

Queensland’s  Anti-Poverty Week launch will unveil the surprising face of poverty in Australia. Rohan Salmond reports. For more than ten years, Anti-Poverty Week has been a reminder for Australians that poverty is a real part of their community and their world. From an Australian point of view, poverty can feel like a distant, abstract problem, but for Geoff Batkin, executive ...

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Edge 2015: Invert your thinking

UnitingCare Queensland director of mission Colleen Geyer (left) with Edge 2015 guest speaker Vicki Webster (right). Photo by Ashley Thompson.

Last month UnitingCare Queensland’s Edge Innovation Festival set out to challenge the preconceived ideas of UnitingCare Queensland staff. Ashley Thompson reports. Created with the objective to “turn your thinking upside down”, Edge is a festival of free events designed to inspire Uniting Church service groups including: UnitingCare Community, UnitingCare Health, Blue Care and the UnitingCare Group Office. Not unlike the ...

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New road for Frontier Services

Four wheel drive in the outback. Photo was supplied.

The 14th Assembly has sought to understand the reasons behind the changing circumstances of the Uniting Church’s valued remote area ministry Frontier Services. Nigel Tapp writes. Frontier Services is changing tack, re-directing its work away from aged-care to community support activities and resourcing patrol ministry. Less than a year after Frontier Services celebrated its 100th anniversary and the 13th Assembly ...

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