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Hospitals care with praying hands

Wesley Hospital clinical nurse Rachel Oxford and Pastorial Care Department Manager, Rev Murrary Fysh.

Last month Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital launched a program that will enable all UnitingCare Health hospital staff to pray for patients, no matter their job. Ashley Goetze reports. Dubbed the Praying Hands initiative, staff identified by a green and yellow Praying Hands badge can now answer prayer requests from patients as they go about their daily tasks.   “We’re the first hospital ...

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Old friend spurs memories

Michael Parkes with Benny the horse and Bob Allen. Photo by Blue Care.

The reunion of a man and his horse highlighted the importance of animal therapy in aged care, write Hayley Campbell and Albert D’Aprile. It was a magical moment one Remembrance Day when former 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop Quartermaster Bob Allen was reunited with a horse called Benny. Benny and Bob’s special relationship came to light at Blue Care ...

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UnitingWorld supports United Church in Solomons relief effort

Flash floods have displaced more than 49 000 people across the Solomon Islands

Flash flooding has caused enormous damage since torrential rain began in the Solomon Islands on Friday. So far three people have been confirmed dead and more than 49 000 people have been displaced from their homes. UnitingWorld is gathering support for the United Church in the Solomon Islands in their relief efforts. Please donate online or phone 1800 998 122. ...

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Giving out for Lent

Vicki, Joel, Brian and Zac Robinson.

The Christian tradition of giving something up for Lent could provide a new perspective on life and faith. Dianne Jensen talks to families about Lent Event. Uniting Church congregations don’t have much corporate memory when it comes to the Lenten practice of undertaking 40 days of repentance and self-denial, culminating in the joy of Easter Sunday. Frankly, it’s been a ...

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Caloundra takes action after Cyclone Ian

Judy and Alan with students of a Free Wesleyan Church School in Tonga.

When Cyclone Ian ripped through the Pacific Island nation of Tonga on 11 January, Caloundra Uniting Church member Judy Morrison’s first thoughts were with her friends on Tongatapu, the southernmost island. Ashley Goetze reports. While the category five storm left no dramatic structural damage on Tongatapu, the north island of Ha’apai, home to the Free Wesleyan Church school and kindergarten, ...

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Churches unite to form brain trust

Vebui Bala with family members (L–R) Paia Ingram, Kinibo Bala and Lilly Manega in front of St Andrew's war memorial hospital.

In an active demonstration of Christ’s love, different parts of the Uniting Church worked together to change the course of one man’s life. Ashley Goetze reports. Last October, a team of specialists from St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane performed a rare life-saving operation on Vebui Bala, a 21-year-old man from a small village in Central Province, Papua New Guinea ...

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Church solidarity after typhoon

Ormoc city in western Leyte. Shops are closed and streets are full of debris. This photo was taken by Arlynn Aquino in November 2013 after Typhoon Haiyan.

The Uniting Church is working to support the people of the Philippines through its agencies and partner churches after the devastating arrival of super typhoon Haiyan, but needs your help, writes Marnie Frost from UnitingWorld. Super typhoon Haiyan—one of the worst storms ever recorded—crossed the Philippines on Friday 8 November, killing, injuring and displacing thousands of people and destroying whole ...

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Helping hand for rural families

Emily Allpass from the Remote Family Care Centre with Bronte on the family's cattle station west of Longreach. Photo by Frontier Services

Frontier Services has a long history of serving rural and remote communities in Queensland and across Australia. Now it is entering a new era, writes Rebecca Beisler. On a remote property in the outback, you start work when the sun comes up. The next 12 hours until the sun goes down, there is work to do in the paddock or ...

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Art overcomes adversity

“A work of art is a scream of freedom”, so said environmental artist Christo. Using art to overcome the challenges of adversity is at the heart of Wesley Mission Brisbane‘s creative initiative Art from the Margins (AFTM). Journey explores. Each year AFTM offers creative support and an artistic outlet to hundreds of artists who are homeless, living with a mental ...

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Harry brothers find own home with UnitingCare Community

A video telling the stories of two brothers, Scott and Daniel and their struggle to live independently has recently been made by UnitingCare Queensland. Scott and Daniel live with Muscular Dystrophy and have experienced living in a group home where they had no choice about who they lived with, the staff that cared for them or the life they lived ...

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