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Oxley members get their hands dirty

Oxley Uniting Church members, in Brisbane, and ncyc11 volunteers (pictured right) took to the streets distributing bread and 400 bags of ice to those without power. Seven Oxley Uniting Church families were flooded. The congregation set up an impromptu creche/child drop-in centre for parents needing to clean flooded homes, offered food and drinks to the community and volunteers, and acted ...

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Meet our next moderator

Meet Rev Andrew Gunton, who was named moderator-elect at the 34th Queensland Synod and will be inducted as moderator next year at the 35th Synod. Dianne Jensen reports. Moderator-Elect Rev Andrew Gunton is already a familiar face to Uniting Church members in regional and south east Queensland. Since his ordination in 2002 Andrew has served in ministerial placements in Rockhampton ...

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The 34th Synod in Session: Let us sow, so others might reap

While the rest of the nation voted, the Queensland Synod was sowing the seeds for the future. Journey recaps the 34th Synod in Session. What legacy will we leave for the next generation? When the 34th Queensland Synod of Australia’s first homegrown church met at Alexandra Park Conference Centre from 17 to 20 May, there was a palpable sense that this ...

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34th Synod in Session: Memorial Minutes honour members who have passed away

The celebration of ministries worship service at the 34th Synod at Alexandra Park included Memorial Minutes for Uniting Church members who have passed away since the last Synod in Session. The following list provides a precis of each Memorial Minute. Pauline Ann Denning (1954–2018) was trained as a nurse and worked in aged care before commencing work in the Pastoral ...

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34th Synod in Session: Day two – Now is the time to sow

The theme of “Sow” was at the heart of worship, reflection and business during the second day of Synod in Session. Journey reports. Synod in Session saw the launch of Project Plenty, a new whole-of-Synod strategic planning exercise that will shape the Synod in the future. The 18-month process will involve consultation with presbyteries and congregations and collaboration and alignment ...

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Releasing the church for change

Journey asked three young Uniting Church members for their radical game-changing idea to create a vibrant contemporary Christian community. Here’s what they said.  Joshua Harbort My name is Joshua Harbort, I attend Rosewood Uniting Church and I am a PhD student at the University of Queensland in the field of biophysics. Besides my interests in the future of church and ...

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Saving the past for the future

Saving the past for the future. Photo: Supplied

A 40th birthday is a time for getting out the family photos and telling stories. Dianne Jensen explores why preserving our church history is vital to the future of the Uniting Church in Australia. There’s treasure to be found in the nooks and crannies of our churches. Scrapbooks from the Great War, photographs of the church that was sold before ...

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The minister’s partner: life beyond the fish bowl

(Clockwise), Dr Joan and Rev David Baker; Penny, Dr Amy, Rev Harlee and Sally Cooper; Peter and Rev Jenny Coombes; Ben, Lyndelle, Ellie and Rev Andrew Gunton; Rev Ian and Pam Kerr. Photos were supplied.

It’s 2016, the working world has changed and “traditional” marriage roles no longer exist. Ashley Thompson explores what it means to be today’s face of the minister’s partner. It was difficult to find people willing to speak to Journey about the challenges of being a minister’s spouse. Understandably, those who aren’t retired were not comfortable publicly voicing the strains ministry ...

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Christ in the classroom

Megan Thomson leads RI at Oxley State School in June. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Each week hundreds of Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim volunteers provide religious instruction to students in Queensland state primary schools. Should objections to one particular program lead to unprecedented intervention from Education Queensland? Mardi Lumsden explores. In early June, religious instruction (RI) at Windsor State School in Brisbane’s north was suspended for the third time since 2014. Principal Matthew ...

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