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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

When do we feel that we really belong in a church?

As part of Queensland Multicultural Month, Levon Kardashian, Multicultural Project Officer for the South Moreton Presbytery reflects on the heart’s calling, and his faith journey. A community or a congregation is formed through relationships. Discerning the direction God is calling a congregation to go, who they are or what they want to become are some of the questions people seek ...

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Social responsibility review – 16 August

What’s coming up Season of Creation – September This month of reflection and action has been prioritised by the Queensland Synod as a key social responsibility event. All congregations and communities are invited to participate through prayer, action and advocacy. The Synod of Victoria/Tasmania has an excellent series of resources for The Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 13 August

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

August in Queensland is multicultural month, where we celebrate being a multicultural society. Any cursory reading of the New Testament shows the multicultural milieu in which Jesus lived and ministered and in which the early church grew and matured. It’s a wonderful lens to see the revelation of the gospel and the life of the church. Think about the models ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 August

What’s coming up Calling all people of the Uniting Church and friends! Assembly calls us all to participate in the Climate Strike on 20 September. Why? “Climate change is the singe greatest threat to livelihoods, security and well-being of peoples across the world. The people of rural Australia, the island nations in the Pacific and the world’s poorest are being ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 5 August

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

Watching the news or political commentary on television often leaves me shaking my head.   There’s a lot of tension and conflict in our public dialogue; people set up—and quite happy to be so—in opposing corners to fight it out over an issue on the pretext that we are being informed. It reminds me more of Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tent than ...

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Social responsibility review – 2 August

What’s coming up Fairtrade Fortnight: 2-15 August Use this fortnight to learn about economic injustice and the disempowerment of farmers and workers in developing countries. Take a stand and switch to Fairtrade products – it is easy to find coffee, tea and chocolate at your local supermarket – just look for the Fairtrade mark. These products are delicious and inexpensive. ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 19 July

What’s Coming Up Earth overshoot day “Earth Overshoot Day” marks the day in the year when we, the people of earth, have already consumed as many resources as the earth can replenish in one year. Getting earlier each year. We are looking to take action together with other Christian churches on 29 July. You can find a good clip from ...

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Social responsibility review – 12 July

Coming up Six years too long July 19 marks six years since the “PNG Solution” was announced, ensuring that people seeking asylum arriving by boat after 19 July 2013 would be sent to a detention facility in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, and denied the opportunity to ever settle in Australia. The call of #SixYearsTooLong will be echoing across Australia ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 3 July

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

Earlier this week, I wrote to the Premier of Queensland about a number of issues of concern to the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. The text of this letter is below.  The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, met on the Sunshine Coast in May. This is a gathering of about 350 members and ordained ministers from across the ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 28 June

Coming up  Musgrave Park Family Fun Day  This is one of the biggest cultural celebration of its kind in Australia, taking place during NAIDOC Week on Friday 12 July from 9am–5pm at Musgrave Park, Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.   This day delivers family friendly entertainment and activities to showcase aspects of Indigenous Australian culture and heritage across various mediums of performing arts, traditional ...

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