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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social Responsiblity Review – 12 June

What’s coming up  Living the Change workshops  Queensland’s Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) invites you to two free workshops on 15 June, 2–5pm, and repeated on 30 June, 2–5pm, at St Andrew’s Anglican church, Vulture St, South Brisbane. Join Mark Delaney, (author of Low Carbon and Loving It) and others from ARRCC to learn ways to reduce our ...

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Moderators Musing – 10 June

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

Just had a truly inspiring weekend. Friday night saw the wider church come together at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, where the local Christian Religious Instruction Network heard how RI has been expanded to a further 16 schools in the West Moreton district due to the network’s efforts. The dinner raised just over $40 000 for this work in the coming ...

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Social responsibility review – 31 May

How do we appreciate our world? It matters not whether we can claim Celtic roots or not; it is within all of us to look at the landscape with spiritual and physical eyes and begin to appreciate it for what it is. A growing passion for the beauty of the world in which we work can lead to a renewal ...

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Moderator’s Musing – National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week, a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. In 2019 the theme is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together in Courage”. Now, I recognise that there may be quite a few across the life of ...

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on how we are doing as a church, to follow Jesus’ call to love God and love others, writes Erin Mawhinney.   In our modern Australian context, it sits between the anniversary of the 1967 referendum (27 May), and Mabo Day (3 June). This year’s theme is “Grounded in Truth – Walk together ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 27 May

The 34th Synod in Session was held at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre earlier this month, and from my perspective, there were some real positive takeaways.  The bible studies and the Norman and Mary Millar lecture, delivered by Professor Anne Tiernan lifted my frame of reference, and provided me with renewed imagination and a vison of creativity. Anne’s message about ...

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Social responsibility review – 23 May

What’s Coming up National Reconciliation Week This is an important annual event 27 May to 3 June for all who call Australia home. It begins with the anniversary of the successful 1967 Referendum and finishes with the High Court Mabo land rights decision. This year’s theme is “Grounded in Truth: Walk Together in Courage”. Find events near you. Resources are ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 May

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

At a time when the Queensland Synod gathers in consensus decision-making, the Australian icon of consensus politics, Bob Hawke AC, GCL, has passed away.   Irrespective of one’s political persuasion, we can all acknowledge that Bob Hawke, of congregational church background, caught the mood of the country for something better in our communal life, and delivered on it. Together with ...

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Social responsibility review – 14 May

What’s coming up May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month The Queensland Synod has identified this month as important for congregations and individuals to learn more about domestic and family violence and to create safe communities where all can flourish. Take up the Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever challenge in your community or as an individual. Free resources ...

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Social responsibility review – 24 April

Coming up Brisbane #ClimateElection Day of Action 3 May is the #ClimateElection National Day of Action at Federal MP and candidates’ offices across Australia—and they need everyone there! Demonstrators will be at Trevor Evans MP’s office in Albion from 4.00–5.30pm to demand he commits to the urgent climate action we all deserve. To change the politics of climate change we ...

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