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Life, death and the birth that changes everything

For millions around the world the Christmas season brings no respite from a range of preventable risks such as dirty water or malaria. UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor reflects on the Christmas story, personal tragedy and how we can bring hope to those abroad who are disadvantaged. I remember the birth of my first child: three-and-a-half hours in the final stage, head ...

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Wrapping up the UnitingCare and Target Christmas appeal

With a partnership spanning over two decades, UnitingCare and Target’s Christmas Appeal has raised millions of dollars and delivered over two million gifts for Australians struggling during the Christmas period. Journey reports. For the iconic Australian retailer Target, UnitingCare Australia was a spot-on choice when it came to choosing a partner organisation for their Christmas appeal campaign. As one of ...

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Having a heck of a time out west

Volunteering with Frontier Services Outback Links provided Uniting Church members Brad and Jeanette Heck with the chance to support families doing it tough in remote areas. Dianne Jensen reports. There’s no question that Frontier Services holds a special place in the hearts of Uniting Church members. Through its network of patrol ministers and support for remote communities, Frontier Services continues ...

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Debt has no more dominion

WMQ NILS staff

Dianne Jensen finds out about the Wesley Mission Queensland No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) providing low income people with funds for essential goods and services—and how your congregation can participate. When the fridge broke down, the single parent of two boys thought she would have to rent a new one. Instead, thanks to a no-interest loan through the Wesley Mission ...

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Women given a springboard for employment

(L—R) Geoff Batkin, Anne Cross, Judy Wollin, Senator Michaelia Cash and Trevor Evans. Photo was supplied.

A new employment project developed by UnitingCare Australia in partnership with the Australian government is helping women enter the job market and early trials by UnitingCare look promising. Amy Cobb reports. Wesley Mission Queensland, UnitingCare Queensland and UnitingCare Australia welcomed the recent announcement by Federal Minister for Women and Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash of $10 million for a national rollout ...

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Confronting Revelation

Fire from the Book of Revelation. Photo from Lightstock images.

The Bible presents some uncomfortable depictions of women, particularly in the Book of Revelation. Ashley Thompson speaks with North American Biblical scholar, Dr Tina Pippin about what to do with the duality of the “women of the apocalypse”. In June, Grace College hosted Dr Tina Pippin as keynote speaker for their second annual Women’s Theology Conference—a gathering of over 40 ...

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A barnstorming fundraiser for McKay Patrol

Attendees get into the swing of things at a fundraising barn dance in Greenisland, Northern Ireland. Photo by Eric Lawson.

A reciprocal fundraising effort by a Northern Irish community brings much needed funds for the McKay Patrol. Journey reports. As a two-year appointment with the Greenisland Methodist Church in Northern Ireland draws to a close, Rev Eric Lawson was recently treated to a traditional barn dance and concert by the community as a farewell fundraiser for the McKay Patrol. For ...

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Stronger ties with the middle kingdom

Dell, a resident at Wesley Mission Brisbane Jacobs Court Aged Care Community in Sinnamon Park, Brisbane, knitting for an aged-care facility in Shandong province, China. Photo was supplied.

Dianne Jensen reports on how a partnership between the Christian church in China and the Uniting Church in Australia is flourishing at the grassroots level. An aged-care facility in a regional town in Shandong province in China seems a world away from the Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB) Jacobs Court Aged Care Community in Sinnamon Park, Brisbane. But thanks to a ...

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Cancer support brings hope

Cynthia Culleton (left), one of the creators of the Wulguru Uniting Church garden, with fellow cancer centre volunteer and congregation member Barbara Coates. Photo: Brian Venten

An outreach to people affected by cancer has given the congregation at Wulguru Uniting Church in Townsville a new lease of life. Dianne Jensen reports.  When Rev Phillip Hulme came out of retirement a few years ago, the triple-cancer survivor was already thinking about ways of providing holistic support for those affected by the disease. At Wulguru Uniting Church he ...

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