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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Moderator’s Musing – 21 January

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

What a tumultuous summer so far. The Victorians aren’t out of the woods with their bushfire season still having time to run, but there is hope that the worst is over. As the focus shifts towards cleaning up and reconstruction, a view to the future can now be addressed. We know that the trauma of these events has a long ...

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Affirming our past and moving on with hope

To celebrate the Day of Mourning on Sunday 19 January, Rev Saimoni Davui recalls his experiences at Mornington Island in the 1980s. We accept our present and at the same time we mourn our past. It becomes our truth and with our genuine knowledge and understanding our past and skills can begin to guide us as we rebuild, reconstruct and ...

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Day of Mourning represents a time to pause and remember

Erin Mawhinney reflects on the importance of the Day of Mourning which will be celebrated on 19 January. In the spirit of the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the Queensland Synod invites congregations to observe a Day of Mourning in their worship services this Sunday 19 January (the Sunday ...

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Meet the new Presbytery Minister in The Downs

Rev Yvonne McRostie reflects upon her recent appointment as Presbytery Minister for The Downs Presbytery and what she hopes to achieve. Sometimes there is no explanation as to why things happen the way they do. I have come to appreciate the absurdity of life. I thought I would never move from the suburbs of the city. And then there’s this ...

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Church central to a life-long marriage

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James O’Callaghan meets Greg and Dulcie, lifelong servants of the Uniting Church who recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. According to McCrindle research published in 2019, one in three Australian marriages end in divorce, which means celebrating a 65th wedding anniversary is a landmark and cause for serious celebration. And this is just what Dulcie and Greg Turner did earlier this ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 December

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I had an early Christmas present on 10 December. It was a vision both of the past and of the future, in reality! I went to the ORCA Project’s first graduation night. The ORCA Project came out of a need in the community for a transition space for young people with disabilities to develop their gifts so that they are ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 December

What’s coming up Service of Solace (Blue Christmas) Christmas can be a challenging time for a number of people: loved ones lost, difficult memories, hearts that are broken and loneliness. On 15 December Albert Street Uniting Church is holding a Service of Solace at 11am. This service is designed to help people grieve, to remember, to let go and be ...

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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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