Tag Archives: Uniting Church

Karana Downs supporting rural ministry

Frontier Services' Cunnamulla Patrol minister Rev Sunil Kadaparambil.

A church partnership between the Cunnamulla and Karana Downs Uniting Churches has resulted in a much-needed building upgrade. Journey reports. Last month members of Karana Downs Uniting Church, west of Brisbane, celebrated with Frontier Services Cunnamulla Patrol minister Rev Sunil Kadaparambil on the completion of a restumping project for the Cunnamulla Uniting Church. This restumping project is the result of ...

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Five ways to invite someone to church

Friendly person sticking their head out of a door. Graphic: Holly Jewell

While our primary focus should be to take the gospel message outside of these four walls, Easter presents an opportunity to welcome newcomers to church. We asked a Uniting Church teenager for some suggestions about how to invite someone to be part of the church. Show them hospitality What’s the adult equivalent of a sleepover? Do that! Invite your friend or ...

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November 2015 Journey now available

The November 2015 edition of Journey is now available to read and download. Plant a little seed “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” It’s a “Greek proverb” that’s been doing the rounds on Facebook recently (so who knows where it really comes from) but I had to think about it ...

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Breaking open the word: Lay preachers in the Uniting Church

Speech bubble graphic by Holly Jewell.

The ministry of lay preacher lies at the heart of the Uniting Church’s vision of a Christian community which celebrates the gifts of every member. Dianne Jensen reports. Caroline Holmes from Fitzroy North Rockhampton Uniting Church has clocked up 53 years of lay preaching, and she is busier than ever. She is one of an army of lay preachers who ...

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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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Strangers love this church in paradise

St Mary's by the Sea in Port Douglas. Photo by Elizabeth Clark.

When was the last time the sound of singing drew passers-by into your church? Dianne Jensen discovers why people can’t walk past St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, North Queensland. At the picturesque St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, the worship service is relayed by loudspeaker to the markets just outside. The voices from around the ...

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Letters December 2014

Rainbow colour post-it notes.

Not diversity, but unity in Christ It looks as if we should change the title of our church. Instead of the Uniting Church, it should be the Diversity Church according to what the Journey editor has written in November Journey. That may be a way for journalists to go, but those who had the vision of unity, based on the ...

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Letters October 2014

Rainbow colour post-it notes.

Watch your language I could not believe my eyes when I saw the headline on the October Journey. Are you so out of touch with the real world you no longer understand its language? But then, the Uniting Church has gone so far from the truth, anything should be expected these days! Ephesians 5:3 “But among you there must not ...

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Christian and Islamic leaders meet

Heads of Churches Muslim Meeting 20 October 2014

Uniting Church Moderator Rev David Baker was one of the Queensland Heads of Christian Churches who met with leaders of the Queensland Islamic Community in Brisbane on Monday. Mr Baker said it the meeting was called to consider ways of strengthening relations between the Christian and Islamic communities in the State and to promote respect and harmony. The meeting was ...

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#KnowYourBasis

The Basis of Union is a major part of our history and identity as a church, but Robyn Goodwin asks, does the next generation understand it or even know what it is? The Basis of Union is something Uniting Church members can be really proud of. The fact that it even exists seems pretty miraculous to me. It’s our identity document ...

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