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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social responsibility review – 3 December

Whats coming up Human Rights month There’s still time to learn more about the importance of protecting and promoting human rights this Human Rights Month—finishing on 10 December. The Queensland Human Rights Commission has resources available to help. As of 1 January 2020, Queensland will have the strongest legislated human rights protections in Australia when the second stage of the ...

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Take a moment to send your love

Ahead of the day of prayer for the bushfires on 1 December, Rev Suzy Sitton reflects on the impact of the recent events in the Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast region. From 9 and 15 November, our kitchen was covered with black ants. They marched around the ceiling, down the walls and made their way to the pantry and found the only open ...

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Community spirit heartening during bushfire disasters

Ahead of the day of prayer for the bushfires on 1 December, Duncan Barlow reflects on the impact of the recent events in the Laidley and Hatton Vale region.  An early and extreme fire season raises concerns for rural communities and towns which run right up to bushland. Laidley, while near bushland, has not normally been associated with bushfires as ...

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New pastor a great outcome for the Aurukun community

A momentous milestone in the life of the Uniting Church was marked last weekend with the commissioning of a full-time pastor in Aurukun. Pastor Lee Willis-Ardler, a graduate of the Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, brings a wealth of community development experience to the role, which Associate General Secretary for the Queensland Synod, Rev John Ruhle describes as vital.   “Firstly, this is ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 22 November

What’s coming up Solidarity Sit-Down The next Solidarity Sit-down will be held on Friday 29 November from 1–3pm, at Queen’s Gardens, Corner Elizabeth and George Streets in the Brisbane CBD. Attendees will sit shoulder to shoulder and hear from people on the frontline of the climate crisis and donates will be collected to support those impacted by and fighting the ...

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Community spirit the key to Raymont’s success, says outgoing principal

After three years, the much-respected Principal of Raymont Residential College in Brisbane, Richard Niessl is stepping down from his position. Prior to his appointment Richard was the deputy master at nearby Kings College at St Lucia. He was attracted to Raymont by the opportunity to positively influence young adults. “During the transition to adulthood, young adults are open to new ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 12 November

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I spent the weekend at the Assembly Standing Committee in Sydney. I had one eye on the work at hand and another on the unfolding bushfire situation. I spent yesterday morning at home putting some things in order should we be affected by a bushfire in the coming days. Some of us, particularly in rural and regional Australia, just can’t ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 November

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I was on the road yesterday morning and caught up with Insiders on ABC News radio. They made a big feature of the Royal Commission into Aged Care’s interim report. Amidst all the news about failure of the system, and stories of neglect, I have to say that I was feeling for the staff of our aged care services. For ...

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Solar savings at Ashgrove West

Ashgrove West Uniting Church in Brisbane’s western suburbs recently had solar panels installed and the investment is already paying dividends. The Ashgrove West site has a church and a two-storey hall that is rented out to community groups, with many activities held during the day. Church council member Calvin Hanton says that the congregation has been considering solar panels for ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 October

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

I had an inspiring time last week at “Love Wraps”, a ministry of West Ashgrove Uniting Church in Brisbane. The congregation had nominated the coordinator of the program, Robyn Carmichael, for a Moderator’s Community Service Medal.   Robyn coordinates more than 25 women who for the last 12 years have knitted rugs for those in need. She has networked throughout the ...

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