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Cancer support brings hope

Cynthia Culleton (left), one of the creators of the Wulguru Uniting Church garden, with fellow cancer centre volunteer and congregation member Barbara Coates. Photo: Brian Venten

An outreach to people affected by cancer has given the congregation at Wulguru Uniting Church in Townsville a new lease of life. Dianne Jensen reports.  When Rev Phillip Hulme came out of retirement a few years ago, the triple-cancer survivor was already thinking about ways of providing holistic support for those affected by the disease. At Wulguru Uniting Church he ...

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Mission opportunity: schools and colleges

Schools and Residential Colleges Commission executive officer Dr Daniel Pampuch delivers his report to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Executive officer of the Schools and Residential Colleges Commission Dr Daniel Pampuch outlined the importance of developing tangible links between educational institutions and the church in his report to the 32nd Synod. Citing the 18 organisations, 17 500 students and 1000 staff with whom the commission works, Daniel said “this is a very big mission field in terms of reaching ...

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Dangerous ideas brew at 32nd Synod

32nd Synod members took part in a virtual reality experience at Synod Unchained. Photo by Uniting Communications.

A new forum to explore outside-the-box thinking was a smash success at Synod. Journey reports. Hundreds gathered for Unchained, a half-day festival held during Synod in Session to air dangerous ideas about how the Uniting Church might re-imagine itself and its place in the world. The event evolved from a suggestion first made by the moderator that the Synod needed ...

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A call for open hearts and hungry shepherds

Moderator Rev David Baker addresses members. Photo: Holly Jewell

During his report to the 32nd Synod, moderator Rev David Baker highlighted the importance of relationships, leadership and vision as the church seeks to respond to the challenges of the last 40 years. He called the church to return to those ways of being “that have been life-giving since the church was formed”, quoting Jesus’ instruction to Peter to “feed ...

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Position vacant: modern missionary

Alex Baker with UnitingWorld's Diocese of Durgapur representative Nita Pyne.

Dr Livingstone, I presume? Forget images of formally clad white missionaries venturing into deepest Africa, the modern missionary could be easily mistaken for a local as they blend seamlessly into the culture of their hosts. Dianne Jensen reports. Anyone from a student to a mid-life professional to a retired tradie can become a missionary with UnitingWorld, the overseas relief and ...

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When words are not enough

Wesley Hospital chaplain Julie Mackay-Rankin (left) and Clinical Nurse Manager of Maternity Nicola McGlynn.

A Wesley Hospital chaplaincy initiative is providing Uniting Church congregations with opportunities to support bereaved parents during the darkest of times. Dianne Jensen reports. Chaplain Julie Mackay-Rankin is passionate about the role of the church in supporting people through loss. Working in consultation with the midwives, Julie helps manage the Perinatal Bereavement Program at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, and she understands ...

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Not drowning, waving: Singles and the church

Single stick men and women. Graphic by Holly Jewell.

Singles make up more than half of the people in churches, yet they are often sidelined when it comes to ministry and outreach. Dianne Jensen asks singles how we can change things. Many people go to church alone. While some have a spouse tucked up in bed with the Sunday paper or doing the soccer run, others attend by themselves ...

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Voices from the Great War

Lady Rachel Dudley’s Australian Voluntary Hospital Unit (Martha Burns standing at the front) heading for France in 1914. Photo is Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

The Lives, Links and Legacy project underway at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Brisbane city is uncovering the stories of congregation members who served in World War One. Dianne Jensen reports. When Martha Burns stepped off the yacht Greta onto French soil with Lady Rachel Dudley’s Australian Voluntary Hospital Unit in 1914, her independent ways had already flouted social conventions. ...

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From the kitchen to the pulpit

Fijian-Australian women’s advocate Lisa Meo in Brisbane. Photo: Holly Jewell

Pacific Island women are challenging a culture which excludes them from leadership in church and society. Dianne Jensen talks to education advocate Lisa Meo. Fijian-Australian Lisa Meo has been knocking on the doors of the male-dominated Pacific Island churches for a long time. The retired educator and academic has been a leading voice in challenging the theological and cultural institutions ...

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Now for something completely different

Stock image of youth and young adults.

Looking for innovative ways to connect to the broader community? Dianne Jensen finds out why mission shaped ministry may be able to help. Mission shaped ministry (MSM), the innovative course from the UK challenging the way we think about church, will be rolled out to more Queensland Uniting Church members in 2016. “A mission shaped church is a church fundamentally ...

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