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ORCA Project participants help make virtual Synod in Session a reality

People with different abilities have played a special part in the 35th Synod in Session, writes James O’Callaghan. The 35th Synod in Session will be a unique experience for members as for the first time, the meeting will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Through the ORCA Project—a program for young people with different abilities including training, work experience and ...

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“We are the light of the world” and South Sudan needs us to shine

Seven million people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan and while the world looks away, the global community of faith—including Queensland congregations—simply won’t. Cath Taylor writes. At Cooper’s Plains, Rev Moses Leth oversees the South Sudanese Nuer Faith Community, a diverse group of people from various parts of Africa who speak multiple languages including Arabic, Nuer and English. ...

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Embedding cultural practices at The Gap Kindergarten and Child Care Centre

The Gap Kindergarten and Child Care Centre has a team of dedicated childcare professionals who provide opportunities to children and families to learn more about Australia’s rich culture. To support educational activity on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and history, the centre has engaged with Cultural Inclusions, who specialise in cultural awareness, education and support in the early ...

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Candidate numbers on the rise at Trinity

Candidate numbers on the rise at Trinity

This year Trinity College Queensland has 20 candidates in the second phase of formation for ordained ministry in the Uniting Church in Australia. Dianne Jensen reports. There’s a buzz of conversation at morning tea at Trinity College Queensland, Brisbane on the first day of a formation course for candidates for ordained ministry in the Uniting Church. It’s the start of ...

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Meet Trinity College Queensland’s new principal

The Synod Standing Committee has appointed Dr Paul Jones as the new Director of Education Ministry and Principal of Trinity College Queensland.  James O’Callaghan finds out what has led Paul to where he is today, and his vision for Trinity College Queensland. When Paul Jones was doing his undergraduate studies, the vice principal of his college pulled him aside and ...

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Trinity on Tap: letting theology flow

Trinity College Queensland’s latest educational resource Trinity on Tap has opened up an accessible world of theology for the whole church and has given people a new way of learning about the Bible without stepping foot in a lecture room. Journey reports. Stuck in early morning gridlock and keen to make the most of your time as you wait for ...

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100 years of ecumenical cooperation

As the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) celebrates over 100 years of providing education to Queenslanders, the organisation is looking to the future with the release of their strategic plan for 2019 through to 2023. Journey reports. In 1918, several forward-thinking, ecumenically-minded leaders of the then Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church came together to educate young people and ...

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The ORCA Project continues to grow in the community

Wesley Mission Queensland’s ORCA Project has come a long way since it first started in late February 2018 out of Albany Creek Uniting Church. Originally created with the purpose of helping young people with disabilities enter the workforce, the ORCA (opportunities, readiness, community and abilities) Project has evolved from its humble beginnings into a platform of innovation and entrepreneurism. Stephanie ...

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Signs of hope after the deluge

Wesley Mission Queensland aged-care chaplain Louisa Yu didn’t hesitate to put up her hand when UnitingCare Queensland put out a call for crisis staff to head to flood-stricken North Queensland. Dianne Jensen reports. Louisa worked as a Red Cross volunteer after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, as well as experiencing the 2011 ...

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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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