Tag Archives: 32nd Synod

Council rezone forces future planning

Alexandra Park Conference Centre images

Alexandra Park Conference Centre is located on what could be considered one of the most prestigious pieces of land owned by the Synod, but council rezoning is forcing the Synod to consider its future. Jane Moad reports. Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, thousands of people have visited the almost ten hectare site for Synod in Session meetings, ...

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Tips for reuniting agencies and congregations

Rev Linda Hamill. Graphic by Holly Jewell.

Following her Unchained session at the 32nd Synod exploring the relationship between congregations and agencies, Rev Linda Hamill outlines some practical ways to strengthen the ties. Relationships can be an emotional minefield for some, blissfully trouble-free for others. In particular many can relate to parents raising a child to be independent and then negotiating the evolving dynamics as the parent-child ...

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Valuable takeaways from 32nd Synod

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

A big thank you to all those who participated in the 32nd Synod. One of the things you learn when being a follower of Jesus is the capacity to be surprised. So when about 120 people gathered during Synod to talk about contemplative prayer with Dr Neil Preston, who delivered the Norman and Mary Millar lecture, I was a bit ...

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Dangerous ideas cause chain reaction

Unchaining dangerous ideas... Illustration: Phil Day

A new forum to explore outside-the-box thinking was a smashing success at Synod. Journey reports. Hundreds gathered for Unchained, a half-day festival held during Synod in Session to air dangerous ideas about how the Uniting Church might re-imagine itself and its place in the world. The event evolved from a suggestion first made by the moderator that the Synod needed ...

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32nd Synod: United in purpose and passion

32nd Synod. Photo: Ben Rogers

Enriching dialogue and diversity reigned at the 32nd Synod meeting (20–24 May) while future directions were confirmed. The Journey team was there to cover the event. The Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast was packed with hundreds of Uniting Church members from across Queensland. The tea urns were switched on and the blue and orange cards were ready ...

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June 2016 Journey now available

June Journey now available

Come 2 July, Australians will be making the journey to the ballot box to decide who will represent them in Canberra. It’s easy to be cynical about the process: throughout the community there’s a serious trust deficit with our political elite, to the point where cronyism, lies and corruption elicit a shrug and an apathetic remark, “well, that’s politics for ...

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32nd Synod closes reflecting on beauty

The 32nd Synod's closing service reflects on beauty. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

The 32nd Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland has closed how it begun, in a celebration of the rich cultural diversity of the church. Rev David MacGregor opened closing worship by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which the Synod gathered, the Gubbi Gubbi people. Stillness descended over the meeting as members watched a short video called ...

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Synod adopts revised priority directions

Rev Linda Hanson addresses her concerns regarding the 2016–2020 priority directions to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

After fervent discussion the 32nd Synod has passed by consensus revised priority directions for 2016–2020. Brought forward by Rev Andrew Gunton on behalf the facilitation team, the original wording of the proposal was amended to reflect the concerns of 32nd Synod members. The originally discerned top five priorities of 32nd Synod members were to “adopt as its priority directions for ...

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Rebuilding finances for mission

Ralph Collins and Peter Cranna at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Finance, Investment and Property (FIP) Board chairperson Ralph Collins and Finance and Property Services (FAPS) director Peter Cranna addressed the 32nd Synod saying the Synod office’s finances are in a stable condition. The Synod Reserve Fund (SRF) is a reserve to cover unexpected costs or meet ongoing expenses if all other income ceased. This fund is being rebuilt, with a ...

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Living the covenant: room to grow in Indigenous connections

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress chair Rev Dennis Corowa at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Several Aboriginal and Islander Uniting Church members told 32nd Synod members of the challenges and opportunities for the church in their communities. Rev Dennis Corowa, chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and the Calvary Presbytery in Queensland, said the Uniting Church has a long history in supporting and encouraging Indigenous people. He made particular reference to the ...

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