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Blue Care opens Ashgrove Men’s Shed

BLUE Care Rangeview, which provides respite and social support in Ashgrove, celebrated its 25th anniversary and the opening of its new $150,000 Men's Shed on Friday 2 November. Attending the event were Queensland Premier and Member for Ashgrove, Campbell Newman; Federal Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice; Perpetual Philanthropic Services General Manager, Andrew Thomas; and Blue Care Executives, staff and friends. ...

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Worship across cultures

ACCORDING to Leslene Woodward, worshipping in other cultures, buildings and even religions can broaden perspectives on what it means to be in relationship with God. Ms Woodward, a librarian from north Queensland who has volunteered with UnitingWorld in Bali, India and Kiribati over the past 10 years, has experienced the richness of worship in many different spaces and learnt valuable ...

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Patrolling the frontiers of the future

WHAT are the new frontiers of ministry, in both remote and urban settings? It's always been personal relationships that encourage people to explore faith. Australia's 2011 census figures show that the category of no religion has grown. If you're a member of a congregation you've probably seen empty pews standing forlorn and the struggle to finance the upkeep of buildings, ...

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Caring for the carers

THE Pastoral Care Department of The Wesley Hospital has long been known for its care and support for patients and their families, but is perhaps less well known for supporting the more than 2000 staff on campus. For the most part, these staff are recognisable and accessible, and therefore readily supported. However, over 400 theatre staff work tirelessly in that ...

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Productivity Commission draft electricity report heralds a brighter future

UNITINGCARE Australia has welcomed the timely release in Anti-Poverty Week of the Productivity Commission's draft report on Electricity Network Regulatory Frameworks. National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said the report highlights the inequity of current regulatory arrangements and it recommends focusing on the needs of domestic consumers. "Energy prices have almost doubled in the last five years. "This hike, which is ...

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Get in early for Christmas volunteering

EVERY Christmas, Wesley Mission Brisbane provides a big old-fashioned sit-down lunch and entertainment for people who are homeless and disadvantaged right in the middle of King George Square. But what's unique about the Wesley Mission Christmas Day lunch is that it's for everyone – a place and time for "streeties" and anyone else who lives in Brisbane to share a ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes efforts to cut red tape

UNITINGCARE Australia welcomed the federal government's commitment on Wednesday 17 October to reduce unnecessary and redundant paperwork for the not-for-profit sector. National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says that adopting the "report once, use often" principle, which will commence shortly, is an important first step in ensuring that government agencies take responsibility for reducing unnecessary reporting obligations on the sector. "It ...

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Flynn’s great outback dream 100 years on

One hundred years ago today, on 26 September 1912, one of Australia's greatest pioneering ventures began. The man on the $20 note, John Flynn, embarked on his dream to build a network of care for people across the outback with the establishment of the Australian Inland Mission (AIM). More than 1000 people from across the country will gather in Melbourne ...

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Mission responsible

THOSE who love travelling in Asia but feel concerned about the negative impact of tourism on local environments, livelihoods and cultural traditions can now turn to Responsible Travel, an initiative by the Commission for Mission of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. I always felt guilty at enjoying being a tourist while so many people lived in desperate poverty, and ...

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Powering theological education in the Solomons

PAST Director of Pilgrim Learning Community Rev Dr Rob Bos is taking up the challenge in his retirement of training ministers in the Solomon Islands. He has just left for a one month teaching stint at Seghe Theological Seminary in the Solomons, where he will focus on how Scripture can be used to respond to issues affecting Solomon Islanders today. ...

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