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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social responsibility review – 19 June

What’s coming up Our Journey – World Refugee Day Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) in partnership with Brisbane City Council presents this celebration of the spirit and courage of refugees – in spoken word, world music and dance at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. World Refugee Day is an annual opportunity for us all to remember that the plight of refugees has ...

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Friday religion wrap – 15 June

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  What the cake court decision means for Australia The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favour of the baker in the world’s most high-profile “gay wedding cake” case. But what does the case mean for Australia, particularly with the upcoming release of the Ruddock religious freedom report? Religious people ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 12 June

This will have momentous consequences The Government has decided to terminate the income support of many people seeking asylum waiting for their applications for refugee status to be determined. This will be rolled out in coming months. The result of this decision will be an unprecedented crisis in south-east Queensland, particularly regarding safe housing. There will be hundreds of families ...

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Walking on Country an unforgettable experience

General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, Rev Heather den Houting reflects on a recent ‘Walk on Country’ experience, part of the church’s commitment to working together with First Peoples. There are some experiences that take time to unfold properly into your life, and a Walking on Country experience is one of these. Our group comprised of ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 5 May

What’s coming up World Ocean Day will be celebrated on June 8 with people around the planet honouring the ocean. In 2018, World Ocean Day will focus on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Week in review Labor’s plan for Indigenous Affairs In a wide-ranging interview Labor leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 June

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

Sunday night gave us opportunity for about forty folk from the Uniting Church and the Muslim community to fellowship together over the meal that breaks the day’s fast in the Muslim celebration of Ramadan. It’s called an Iftar dinner, hosted by the Synod Interfaith Relations Committee with the 2018 event the second time the dinner has been hosted. It is ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 30 May 2018

What’s coming up Uniting Church and Luminous Lantern Parade Each year, Multicultural Development Australia hosts a wonderful free event to welcome new arrivals to our state – the Luminous Lantern Parade. The whole community is invited to take part and say welcome. The Queensland Synod has organised to take part in the parade this year. We invite everyone to come ...

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Why is Reconciliation important?

Brooke Prentis. Photo: Supplied

As part of National Reconciliation Week, Brooke Prentis reflects on why Reconciliation is important.  National Reconciliation Week 2018’s theme is Don’t Keep History a Mystery – Learn, Share, Grow.  An important theme.  Australians know so little about the history of this land.  I’m not talking about 230 to 248 years ago but from 65,000 years ago to present day.  I’ve ...

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Community hub bowls over the locals at Highfields

When they needed a church home, the Uniting Church congregation at Highfields outside Toowoomba decided to create a community hub. James O’Callaghan reports. Highfields Community Church has redeveloped a bowling club into a community centre in the heart of Highfields, a growing community near Toowoomba. Rev Marius Kruger says it was growth that prompted the need for the new space, ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 May

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

The President of the Assembly and the North Queensland Presbytery came in to fierce agreement regarding the way the guest worker programme is being managed in North Queensland.  This is “just another issue” for many people who take the plentiful supply of fresh fruit and veges to our supermarkets for granted. But someone has to cut and pick that stuff. ...

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