Author Archives: Mardi Lumsden

You asked for it: new Safe Ministry resources

iStock youth photo.

A new suite of resources to assist the church to be a safe place for children and young people was launched in March this year. Mardi Lumsden reports. The new Safe Ministry with Children resources are the result of feedback from congregations, collaboration between the Synod office, presbyteries and several committees, and a commitment that the church’s ministry with children ...

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April 2016 Journey now available

April Journey 2016 masthead. Elderly man (Everald Compton) looking at the camera through an iPad.

The award-winning film Spotlight left viewers wondering why the voices of those who were systematically abused by priests in the Boston archdiocese were not heard for so long. This is a reminder that mainstream voices can easily shout down those who do not fit our preconceptions of what is normal and desirable. This edition has a lingering theme of acknowledging ...

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Closing the great divide

Rev Dennis Corowa, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress chairperson. Photo by Rohan Salmond.

Ten years after the Close the Gap campaign began, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians still die younger and are less educated than non-Indigenous Australians. Mardi Lumsden reports. The eighth annual Close the Gap report (released 9 February) shows only two out of seven health, education and employment targets are on track. While halving child mortality by 2018 and better ...

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Our 30-year journey

A few of our favourite covers: Journey’s first edition (February 1986); Christmas cover (December 2006); and our most recent award-winning cover (April 2013).

This edition marks 30 years of Journey magazine. Mardi Lumsden explores the past, present and future of church communications. Leafing through newsprint is a fast-disappearing luxury. The dusty 30-year-old pages of the Journey archives are filled with stories of the church at work in the world, calling out injustice and celebrating global, national and local milestones. This is a record ...

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Shake, rattle and roll: How theological study can change your faith

Theology cartoon. Illustration by Phil Day.

There were plenty of passionate discussions around how the Uniting Church forms people in their faith at the 31st Synod in October last year. Mardi Lumsden explores how theological study deepens and even shakes your faith, and why that could be essential to your faith journey. The Uniting Church’s foundational document the Basis of Union outlines the importance of the ...

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Giving differently

Than holding Aung outside a refugee camp in Thailand. Photo by Act for Peace.

Sick of giving people socks or undies for Christmas? Mardi Lumsden explores gifts that give more than once. Christmas gift giving can be a stressful and expensive exercise, especially if purchasing for people who already have so much. A number of organisations provide alternative Christmas ideas and ways to help others when it comes to gift giving. Here are a ...

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Moving forward; keeping the charge

Members share communion during the 31st Synod closing service

The 31st Synod in Session closed five days of work and fellowship on 15 October with a worship service reminding members to “keep the charge”. Moderator David Baker reflected on the church as a flotilla; a group of ships traveling together, supporting each other. He reflected on past moderator, Kaye Ronalds’ question: “Are we there yet?” “I hope you have ...

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Celebrating the call to specified ministry

Rev Suzie Castle and Rev Andrew Gunton at the celebration of ministry at 31st Synod

Members of the 31st Queensland Synod celebrated the men and women in specified ministries and have retired, graduated or passed away since the last Synod meeting in May 2014. Synod General Secretary Rev John Cox read Isaiah 40:3-11 and Trinity College Queensland Principal Dr Aaron Ghiloni read Matthew 25:1-13 to begin the celebration of people committing their lives to the ...

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Past moderator reflects on joys and challenges

Rev Kaye Ronalds at the 31st Synod in Session

Immediate past moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds addressed the 31st Synod on 11 October to reflect on her three-year term. When Kaye began as moderator she asked the question: “Are we there yet?” On reflection she could now ask: will we ever be “there”? Kaye spoke of the privilege of representing the Uniting Church at a huge variety of events, both ...

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Gary Doyle announced as new General Secretary

New Queensland General Secretary Gary Doyle addresses the 31st Queensland Synod

Members of the 31st Synod have called Gary Doyle as the next General Secretary of the Queensland Synod. Gary is currently principal of The John Flynn College, a residential college associated with the Uniting and Lutheran churches at James Cook University in Townsville. Also a member of Aitkenvale Uniting Church, Gary believes God has prepared him for the role of ...

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