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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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St Andrew’s staff shake a leg for Reconciliation Week

Despite the rain, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital staff turned out in great numbers to learn more about the culture and histories of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Time to Shake a Leg event on Tuesday 28 May. The event was held to help raise awareness of our journey with the Reconciliation Action Plan. “I ...

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Record number of entries for Moderators Medals

Valued volunteers from the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Queensland service groups from around the state were nominated for the Moderator's Community Service Medal in record numbers this year. A total of 46 nominations (including three couples) were made – double the numbers received for the last Moderator's Medal held in the lead up to the 29th meeting of the Queensland ...

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UnitingCare Australia budget reply response

UnitingCare Australia's National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Coalition's decision to cut the Income Support Bonus, should it form government after the Federal election in September, will deliver a significant blow to low income Australians including people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and Parenting payments. Speaking shortly after the Budget reply speech in Canberra last night, Ms Hatfield Dodds said ...

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Making a difference for people in the outback

During National Volunteer Week Frontier Services is looking for more people to lend a hand in the bush through its volunteer program, Outback Links. Each year up to 600 Outback Links volunteers travel to rural and remote parts of Australia to lighten the load and fill the gaps for people in the outback. With farmers across the country facing worsening ...

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When is it okay to want more?

If you've grown up around churches or with some kind of spiritual heritage, you're probably uncomfortable with the idea of wanting more. It sounds greedy—and who wants that when you're trying to walk in the footsteps of the one who recommended giving away even the shirt from your own back? Is it ever okay to want more? Yes, it is. ...

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