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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social Responsibility Review – 12 February

Voluntary assisted dying: we need to hear your voice Since its inception the Uniting Church has committed itself to bringing the truth of the gospel to the situations of human life, both individually and socially. At times this commitment brings us into the challenging and difficult spaces of life where we face the vulnerability, fragility and ambiguity of existence. Last ...

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Social responsibility review – 7 February

May God bless us This prayer is a beautiful and challenging benediction and is relevant to all of us as we seek to live out our mission as followers of Jesus. Take a couple of minutes to sit with this benediction. Coming up Affected by mental health issues? A Nouwen Network encourages and supports, within and across faith communities, attitudes ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 30 January

Coming up The anniversary of the national apology to Australia’s Indigenous people Wednesday 13 February marks the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Members of the stolen generations were invited to hear this important milestone in Australia’s history first-hand in the gallery of the House of Representatives. Watch the Apology again. The Australian Parliament has resources ...

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Social Responsbility Review – 24 January 2018

Coming up Welcoming Cities Symposium Join Welcoming Cities in Brisbane 2–3 April as we bring together local, national and international practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, business innovators and civic leaders to share and discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion. Week in review Pastoral statement – update post-15th Assembly President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr ...

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Moderators Musing – 21 January

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

Australia Day has always been pretty low key at our place; a day to get some things done around the house and maybe have friends over for a pizza or a curry. It’s right that a country such as Australia take time to give thanks for what has been achieved here. We are, in many ways, the envy of the ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 14 January

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

The news out of South Australia recently means that the 15th Assembly’s decision on marriage will not be subject to suspension and review. For some that will be a great relief, as their personhood, commitments and relationships will not be put to public debate and judgement. For others, it’s a challenge to work through being in a church that accepts ...

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Synod in Session experience – Claire Nicholls

Claire Nicholls reflects on her experience as a young adult at the 33rd Synod in Session. As we all look ahead to the new year our church is preparing to meet again for Synod in Session 2019. Towards the beginning of 2017 my church council asked for nominations for the upcoming Synod in Session and at the time my work schedule ...

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Synod in Session experience – Tim Holmes

Tim Holmes of Brisbane reflects on his experience as a young person at the 33rd Synod in Session. What prompted you to nominate for Synod? How did you find the nomination process? I had been involved in Easter Madness and a few other Synod activities so I understood the role and function of the Synod body, with this I realised ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 24 December

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I trust this Christmas will be a time when you rediscover the wonder of “Emmanuel”, God is with us. I think “wonder” is one of the key – and under-appreciated Christian attributes. It puts us in a place humility, of learning, of imagination, and of being ready to engage the world, the story of faith, with an open heart and ...

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Social responsibility review – 12 December

This will be the last issue of Social Responsibility Review for 2018. Watch out for our return in the second half of January. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a just and fair New Year! What’s coming up Carols for the Earth  Come and sing ‘Carols for the Earth‘ with the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change on Saturday, ...

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