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Without songs, worship would B–flat

The music flowed at Indooroopilly Uniting Church over the Australia Day long weekend with the 2018 Songwrite conference hitting all the right notes for creativity, collaboration and encouragement. David Busch reports.  Sponsored by the National Assembly’s Working Group on Worship, the Songwrite conference is now in its third iteration and this year saw 25 composers from four states attend. Indooroopilly ...

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Night time is the right time … for church

We traditionally tend to think of church attendance as a morning activity but The Gap Uniting Church has introduced Sunday night worship sessions catering for older youth and young adults. Emma Holmes writes about her experience attending “Night Church” and what newcomers can expect. “What does a dream worship service for young adults look like?” Eighteen months ago, this question ...

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Mission Control: a pioneering spirit in the church

Scott Guyatt

You may have heard the term “pioneer” before but do you know what it means in a faith context? Queensland Synod Director of Mission Scott Guyatt examines pioneering leadership and some of the ways Queensland congregations are already living out the pioneering spirit. If you’ve bounced around the missional church conversation over the last few years, you’ll have almost certainly ...

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Mind the gap

Introducing “Mind the Gap”, a column by Trinity College Queensland lecturer Simon Gomersall exploring issues around young adults, church and managing transitions from one generation to the next. Two women stood on the bow of a ship on a crisp, clear moonlight night. One surveyed the brilliance of the moon and stars reflected on the still water and, in a ...

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The BIG ACT you MUST do this Easter to really embody Jesus

At the heart of the Easter narrative is a miraculous tale of life after death, of sacrifice and renewal, but how can we practise this concept of resurrection in today’s world? Dr John Frederick—Trinity College Queensland’s New Testament Lecturer—reflects on Jesus’ miracle and how Uniting Church members can embody resurrection in their own faith communities. With the coming of Easter, ...

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5 times Jesus said “I am” and what he meant

Flip through the Book of John and you’ll find numerous times Jesus states, “I am …”, but what was he really getting at with these proclamations. Journey highlights five key times Jesus told us what he was and what he really meant by his statements. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”, not “I am the triple bypass” ...

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Book review: More than 100 of the Best

After a lifetime serving God and the Uniting Church throughout Queensland, Rev Trevor Foote has released More than 100 of the Best, a collection of sermons from his extensive archives built up from decades of preaching. Rev Bruce Raymond reviews. Preaching can be an unpredictable business. I have delivered sermons making some points which I thought were of secondary importance, ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 5 February 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Rev Graham Slaughter ministers in the Leichhardt Patrol across the central/western Darling Downs and he has been a tireless advocate for people whose lives have been disrupted and their health affected by the development of the coal seam gas industry. At his instigation, the Synod in Session has communicated to the state government our concerns about their management of this ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 30 January 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Generously funded by the estate of the late Clem Jones, the pro-euthanasia groups have begun a campaign to change the law in Queensland. The end of life, and the way life on this earth finishes, is something that challenges our modern notion that as individuals—provided we have sufficient agency, which usually means sufficient money—we have the power to choose, the ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 23 January 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

In the first of a regular column exploring the church, modern Australia and socio-political issues, Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker examines the current controversy surrounding Australia Day’s date. I’ve been thinking about the Australia Day issue. Tragically, predictably, the same old two sides have rapidly formed, each battling to take the moral higher ground from which to beat up ...

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