Author Archives: Rohan Salmond

Brisbane’s faith leaders welcome Dalai Lama, agent of peace

Brisbane's civic and religious leaders gather in St Stephen's Cathedral with the Dalai Lama.

A visit from the Dalai Lama brought Brisbane’s civic and religious leaders together in June at a multifaith service of prayer for world peace. Rohan Salmond reports. The moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod has gathered with the Dalai Lama along with Brisbane’s other religious and civic leaders at St Stephen’s Cathedral for a multifaith service of prayers for ...

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July Journey now available

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Church, assemble! On 12 July, the Uniting Church Assembly will gather in Perth to discuss a range of issues affecting the church at the national level. It’s an exciting time for the church; the Assembly meeting is held in a different city every three years, so every meeting has a different flavour. The last time the Assembly met in Perth ...

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8 Assembly topics to look out for

The 2015 Assembly meeting will be held from 12 - 18 July at the University of Western Australia

Deciphering the 60+ Assembly proposals and reports before the meeting is a challenge even for the Assembly’s members. Check out some of the highlights and get the jump on the meeting. Anglican–Uniting Church dialogue Assembly Standing Committee commends the adoption of the Weaving a New Cloth document, which advocates local cooperation between Anglican and Uniting churches throughout Australia. The Royal ...

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Multiculturalism: Are we there yet?

Left: Deaconess Terani Lima. Right: David Busch and Rev Dennis Corowa. Photos by Rohan Salmond.

The upcoming Assembly in Perth marks 30 years since the Uniting Church committed to being a multicultural church. Rohan Salmond explores how far we’ve come and where we are going. Thirty years ago Calvin and Hobbes first appeared in newspapers, the Nintendo Entertainment System was launched in the United States, the wreck of the RMS Titanic was discovered and Live ...

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“A lot of love” between Aussie and Kiwi churches

Trans-Tasman church leaders gathering.

Church leaders from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in Brisbane last month. Rohan Salmond reports. The annual trans-Tasman gathering of church leaders took place in Brisbane in April, bringing together the six moderators from Uniting Church synods, the president of the Uniting Church Assembly, the president of the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the moderator of the Presbyterian ...

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Worshipping together as one

Special guest Pat Morgan sings at the combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery service in Townsville.

A historic combined worship service of Calvary Presbytery and North Queensland Presbytery has taken place in Townsville, furthering the reconciliation journey. Rohan Salmond writes. A combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery worship service was held in Townsville on the last day of May for National Reconciliation Week. Calvary Presbytery, a non-geographical grouping of Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) congregations, has ...

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Paris meeting to set climate future

a coal fired electric power plant

There is a chance the global community can act for a more secure climate future. Marguerite Marshall explores. This December representatives from almost 200 countries will meet in Paris to try and solve perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced—climate change. According to NASA, 97 per cent of the world’s climate scientists say humans are causing climate change and if ...

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June Journey now available

A church for all God’s people There’s a lot of thought going on at the moment as to how the Uniting Church can do things differently in order to adapt to demographic changes in the broader community. It’s a topic that sparked a lot of conversation during Open Space at the 31st Synod in Session last year. It’s not a ...

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Supporting young parents

A mother and child playing together outside. Photo is a stock image.

Parenthood is full of challenges and rewards, but sometimes young parents can feel isolated and in need of support. Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Young Parents Support Program nurtures young families who need it most. Rohan Salmond reports. For people 25 years and under, becoming a parent can come as a huge upheaval to their way of life. A new baby does ...

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In search for a community of Christ

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, Thomas Nelson Publishers (2015) $19.99.

Rachel Held Evans is a young, thoughtful, hyperconnected woman of faith—and she has a troubled relationship with church. Having grown up in, then left, an evangelical nondenominational church, she is broadly representative of a generation of millennials that have grown up in churches but now in adulthood struggle with the baggage heaped upon them by their received traditions. Research suggests ...

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