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Author Archives: James O'Callaghan

Social Responsibility Review – 16 October

What’s coming up National Carers Week Do you know someone who is a carer? Someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who is frail and aged. Many don’t identify as carers, and don’t realise that there are many ...

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Women farewell Brisbane with united voice

The final day of UnitingWomen 2018 featured many highlights, none more so than when Brooke Prentis, Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering and Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace, shared her keynote presentation with Aunty Jean Phillips. Brooke reflected on the NAIDOC Week 2018 theme, “Because of her, we can”. “As we heard the wisdom of Aboriginal women, it was important because ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 October

What’s coming up Mental Health Day of Prayer – Sunday 14 October New resources have been prepared to help congregations, youth groups, church councils and others to recognise and pray for mental health issues ahead of Mental Health Day of Prayer. Thanks to Rev Monique Coughlan from Bremer Brisbane Presbytery, who put together a liturgy and resources for children and ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Trump… Holy president?   The Guardian reports that the new film by Mark Taylor establishes that Donald Trump’s election was an act of God. It was really surprising when the billionaire and polemic reality TV star became the US president back in 2016, and some even considered it as a miracle. ...

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A personal touch at new Auchenflower Cafe

Residents and visitors to Brisbane’s inner western suburbs looking for a friendly, accessible place to meet for breakfast on a Saturday morning now have a new option. The recently refurbished Jay’s Café, the food heart of Raymont Residential College and the Uniting Church Centre at 60 Bayliss Street, Auchenflower, has opened its doors to the public and will extend its ...

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Making space for the next generation of leaders

The UnitingWomen 2018 panel “Beyond Wonder Women: What now for the next generation of women leaders in the church?” explored leadership from a range of perspectives. Here’s some of the responses from five women in leadership positions in the Uniting Church. Rev Sharon Hollis (Assembly President-elect and current Moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania) Within the Uniting Church ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 2 October

What’s coming up Everybody’s mental health is important This Saturday (6 October) marks the beginning of Mental Health Week. Here is a link to events around Queensland and resources. This year there are two Sundays in Mental Health Week, giving congregations several options to recognise and pray for mental health. For a long time, there has been a real and painful ...

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Singing from the heart

Attendees at UnitingWomen 2018 were spellbound by an impromptu performance of a song in the Meriam language from the Eastern Torres Strait following one of the Friday workshops. Led by Ruth Ghee, a dozen or so Uniting Church women from across Australia sang the haunting harmonies and performed the actions they had learnt at the “Singing our past and our ...

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UnitingWorld making a difference to women in the Pacific

Members of the UnitingWorld Australian partnership team addressed the UnitingWomen 2018 conference, highlighting some of the work the organisation is doing in the Pacific region and beyond. As part of the presentation, the crowd was introduced to Martha Yamsiu from the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, one of many women who are making a difference by highlighting the issues around violence ...

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In the darkest places, God is with us

Artist Lyn Diefenbach’s UnitingWomen 2018 keynote address “Opening the treasure box” was an invitation to explore the joyful and painful memories which make up our lives. And in doing so, to recognise that God can weave our brokenness into wholeness. As she spoke to the audience of Uniting women of all ages from across Australia, Lyn created an artwork in ...

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