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Calvin text finds new home at Trinity College Library

A 365-year-old copy of John Calvin’s Institutes treasured by St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba has a new life at Trinity College Queensland Library. Dianne Jensen reports. A venerable tome from the historic St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba is now available to another generation at Trinity College Library in Brisbane. The 1654 copy of John Calvin’s Institutes, brought by ...

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Come as you are, it’s SurfChurch!

Welcome to Bargara Beach and SurfChurch, where you’ll find the minister in her wet suit leading a paddle-out or preaching barefoot on the sand. Dianne Jensen reports. Once a month the Coral Coast Uniting Church SurfChurch crew and Rev Jennifer Lynn don their T-shirts and head for Bargara Beach. They put up the church flag and set up the sound ...

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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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Deep roots and open arms make Bulimba a church for all

Multigenerational ministry at Bulimba Uniting Church is ensuring a healthy and engaged congregation at one of Brisbane’s oldest churches. Dianne Jensen reports. The beautiful white timber Uniting Church at the roundabout leading to Bulimba village is an easy Brisbane landmark to spot. This venerable church, which has served the community since 1866, is home to a small but thriving congregation ...

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Kick-starting kids’ ministry

Churches across Queensland are stepping out in faith to explore innovative ways to connect with local communities and to nurture children and families. Dianne Jensen reports. Children’s pictures of Jesus usually depict him as smiling, with arms outstretched. Their bright daubs capture a child-like wonder at the divine, a reassurance that faith will be passed on to the next generation. ...

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Growing old gratefully: Gertie Booth

Tea roses in her wedding bouquet, washing and curling her hair in rags on Saturday night, and going to the Methodist Temperance Hall on Sundays. Gertrude (Gertie) Booth, who will turn 107 on 14 June, has clear memories from times long gone. Dianne Jensen reports. The diminutive and chatty Gertie Booth, born in 1911, attends Elanora Uniting Church on the ...

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Keeping up with Levon Kardashian

Dianne Jensen talks to Levon Kardashian, the new Multicultural Project Officer for the Presbytery of South Moreton. Levon Kardashian understands the power of cultural roots and family ties. The new Multicultural Project Officer for the Presbytery of South Moreton is an Armenian Christian born in Lebanon to an Armenian father from Lebanon and an Armenian mother from Syria, and the ...

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Songs from the heart

St Andrew’s, Yeppoon uses the power of song to bring joy to people living with life-limiting conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Dianne Jensen reports. The familiar music cuts through the fog of dementia, nudging at long-lost memories. For the first time in many years, the elderly man slipped his arms around his wife and they began to dance. ...

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Euthanasia: the debate which won’t die

Now that the subject of euthanasia is back on the national agenda, Dianne Jensen looks at Christian perspectives on this challenging issue. We all hope for a good death. A peaceful passing surrounded by and reconciled with those we love. And in this era of personalised medicine, it seems right that we should be able to avoid the suffering and ...

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