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Time out to reflect at Lenten art exhibition

"Via Francigena – Camino from Canterbury to Rome, 2013, san Lorenzo to Ponticelli" by Lindsay Farrell.

All in God’s time is the theme of the new Lenten exhibition at the Vera Wade Gallery in Brisbane by members of the Visionaries Christian artist network. Dianne Jensen reports. The Vera Wade gallery at St Andrew’s Uniting Church presents the work of 15 Queensland artists who use a range of genres including gouache, mixed media, sculpture and photography to ...

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Mitchell, Toowoomba church partnership supports rural families

Children enjoying the facilities at the new Mitchell Early Childhood Education Centre.

An innovative partnership between Queensland Uniting Church congregations over 400 kilometres apart has resulted in a new early childhood centre serving isolated families. Dianne Jensen reports. The $1.25 million Mitchell Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) was opened in September last year on the grounds of Mitchell State School with the help of a $58 000 state government grant and the ...

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Trevor Jordan: adoption and ethics

President of Jigsaw Queensalnd, Dr Trevor Jordan.

Jigsaw Queensland President Dr Trevor Jordan knows from experience that secrecy casts a long shadow. Dianne Jensen reports. Now semi-retired from his role as an academic and consultant in professional and public ethics, Dr Trevor Jordan devotes much of his time to the Queensland branch of Jigsaw, the volunteer organisation providing a range of services to those affected by adoption. ...

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Making room for Santa

Actors Edmund Gwenn and actresses Natalie Woof and Maureen O'Hara in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox.

“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa,” asks Bart Simpson. We wince, and wonder if this is how the post- Christian world really sees us. Have Santa and Jesus coalesced into a single mythical character of indeterminate age and girth, a miracle worker who is great with kids? There is no denying that ...

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Building on a strong foundation

Bundaberg Uniting Church was inundated by flood water in early 2013 but is now refurbished and an active worshiping community once more.

The image of the 77-year-old Bundaberg Uniting Church awash with 60 cm of putrid water was a symbol for many of the devastation wrought by the January floods. It was the end of September before the congregation gathered in the refurbished church for worship, writes Dianne Jensen. The damage to the Bundaberg church property was extensive. As well as flooding the church, ...

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Bundaberg: the advent of hope

Frank Millett, Heather Donald and Rev Ray Nutley use Uniting Communications' Christmas postcards to spread the news about the Bundaberg Uniting Church Christmas services.

As Bundaberg Uniting Church members begin the familiar Advent journey, many will reflect on a year of working and waiting for a new beginning. Dianne Jensen reports. The people of Bundaberg and the nearby towns in the Wide Bay Burnett region had their lives turned upside down by the floods caused by cyclone Oswald last January. An estimated 9000 houses ...

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When I was in prison you visited me

UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain Beatriz Skippen. Photo by Dianne Jensen.

UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain Beatriz Skippen talks to Dianne Jensen about her life behind bars. Beatriz Skippen talks quietly on Monday mornings. As UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain, her Sundays are spent either speaking in churches or preaching in prisons, sometimes participating in between four and six services a day. Her day has ...

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Rural tragedy: why mental health matters

Lifeline Darling Downs rural mobile counsellor Brian Steele on the road.

Dianne Jensen talks to Lifeline Darling Downs rural mobile counsellor Brian Steele, the only men’s counsellor in the Western Downs region. The telephone call came on the weekend. A young man who had only just made an appointment to see the sole men’s counsellor in the Western Downs region had committed suicide. Lifeline Darling Downs rural mobile counsellor Brian Steele ...

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Preach your heart out

Sermon cartoon by Phil Day

Pull out the popcorn, it’s time for the sermon. Dianne Jensen explores how preaching styles have changed, and why good preaching still matters. When comedian George Burns suggested that the secret of a fine sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, with the two as close together as possible, he could not have imagined the entertainment ...

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Indigenous leaders mobilise for mission

Joya Waia (Weipa) and Ellen Hobson (Bamaga) at the 2013 Grasstree Gathering in Brisbane

Emerging Indigenous leaders and elders from across Australia are forging new partnerships through the Grasstree Gathering. Dianne Jensen reports. “Preaching in your own skin” is a catchphrase that sums up the cultural and spiritual empowerment of a people, and it resounded at the National Grasstree Gathering Emerging Indigenous Christian Leaders Conference in Brisbane. The Grasstree event in early October followed the inaugural ...

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