Author Archives: Rohan Salmond

Maleny branches out with Christmas tree festival

Maleny Uniting Church, Christmas tree festival. Photos were supplied.

Traditional Christmas celebrations complete with nativity scenes and religious carols might be too much for people used to an increasingly-secular Christmas, so Maleny Uniting Church is using the humble Christmas tree to bridge the gap between church and the wider community. Rohan Salmond reports. Christmas time is a great opportunity to share the love and hope of Jesus with people ...

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Ring in the changes

Phil Smith. Photo by Rohan Salmond.

After a career in media Phil Smith has found himself lay pastor to a kind of faith community not often found in the Uniting Church. Rohan Salmond talks to him about faith, ecumenism and the future of church. “I have just turned 53 and really would not have expected to be in this activity in this season of my life,” ...

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Defying gravity: How to escape from Earth

A space station from the movie Interstellar. Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The world is dying. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is set in a world where crop blight and rapidly changing temperatures has caused the United States to become a dust bowl, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Space flight has officially been abandoned as wasteful and pointless, so former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) runs a corn farm (the only ...

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December Journey now available

December Journey masthead. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Most of us know the feeling of relief finding a car park brings after driving around and around for what feels like forever during the Christmas shopping spree. The Synod Christmas postcard theme this year is Find refuge this Christmas, and at its best, this is what coming to church feels like—finally, a space for me!—especially if other places have ...

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Love your neighbour

(Left to right) Philippa Core, Dr Nora Amath, Rev Heather Griffin, Rev Suzy Sitton. Photos by Rohan Salmond.

Since the activities of the so-called Islamic State have made the news, anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia has been at an all-time high. Rohan Salmond speaks to some interfaith activists working to build understanding across religious lines. A black silhouette wielding a knife stands over a man kneeling in an orange jumpsuit. It’s an image so powerful it has reached around ...

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November Journey now available

November 2014 Journey master head.

The November edition of Journey magazine is now available in PDF. You can download this edition and all previous editions back to 2005 on the download page. Strength in diversity It’s sometimes said that the diversity within the Uniting Church is both its biggest strength and biggest weakness. Wikipedia describes the theological perspectives in the Uniting Church as “broad”, going on to list them ...

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Uniting Church future open for discussion

Members of the 31st Synod gather to discuss the future of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod

After three days of structured business, the 31st Synod is moving to a time of open space to discuss the question, “Our church is on life support; what’s our call now?” The open space discussions come after a sobering report from Mission Engagement Project officer Scott Guyatt which indicated that if current trends continue, the Uniting Church in Queensland will ...

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Hearts on fire at Assembly

Assembly General Secretary Rev Terence Corkin at the 31st Synod

Uniting Church Assembly General Secretary Rev Terence Corkin presented members of the 31st Synod with the Assembly report on Monday 13 October. Terence reminded the Synod of the date of the next Assembly meeting, 12–18 July 2015, and the theme Hearts on fire. The deadline for submissions for the next Assembly on the discussion on marriage has now passed and ...

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General Secretary calls for focus in time of great change

General Secretary Rev John Cox presents the General Secretary's report at the 31st Queensland Synod in Session

Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev John Cox has presented his report to the 31st Synod in Session. “It’s a privilege to stand here and share the work of the Synod office in the General Secretary’s report.” John said the report is a snapshot and highlights a few issues the church is facing in the future. A recent review of the ...

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New Queensland Moderator resolves to keep the charge

Rev David Baker presides over communion after being inducted as Moderator at the opening of the 31st Synod in Session.

The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod has a new moderator after Rev David Baker was inducted at the opening service of the 31st Synod held at Unity College in Caloundra, beginning his term with the theme A charge to keep. In front of hundreds of people from across the life of the Uniting Church, the scarf of responsibility was ...

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