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Youth revel in Easter Madness

Making mission possible for young people in rural Queensland.

The new Uniting Church youth camp Easter Madness was a great success. Journey reports Over 100 young people from across the Uniting Church in Queensland celebrated the Easter weekend together at the inaugural Easter Madness youth camp in March. The Easter Madness Appeal also meant that 13 young people, including two leaders, from rural and remote Queensland were able to ...

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Seven Synod in Session stand-outs

7 Synod in Session stand-outs

This month’s 32nd Synod in Session offers a wealth of activities to inspire and enjoy. Journey suggests seven great things to look out for. Unchained Ever had a risky or dangerous idea for our church that you weren’t quite brave enough to name? Unchained is a festival where some of those dangerous ideas will be set free. Listen and share ...

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On the road again

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Later this month some 350 people of the Uniting Church in this state will gather at Alexandra Park Conference Centre for the 32nd Synod in Session. The word “synod” comes from the Greek language: “syn”, meaning together, and “hodos”, meaning a way, a road. So a synod really is about “together on the way”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in talking about ...

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Karana Downs supporting rural ministry

Frontier Services' Cunnamulla Patrol minister Rev Sunil Kadaparambil.

A church partnership between the Cunnamulla and Karana Downs Uniting Churches has resulted in a much-needed building upgrade. Journey reports. Last month members of Karana Downs Uniting Church, west of Brisbane, celebrated with Frontier Services Cunnamulla Patrol minister Rev Sunil Kadaparambil on the completion of a restumping project for the Cunnamulla Uniting Church. This restumping project is the result of ...

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Breaking the silence

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo play a team of Boston Globe reporters. Photo by Kerry Hayes and Open Road Films.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice something everyone else doesn’t want to see. It’s one of the curiosities of human behaviour; different people, given the same information, in the same context, will interpret that information completely differently. Setting aside one’s preconceptions and reporting a story with fairness and accuracy is the core challenge of journalism. Done right, it’s a ...

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Five ways to care for your minister

Minister graphic by Holly Jewell.

Ministry is a hard gig, and it’s becoming more and more complex. Human resource consultants Meryem and Greg Brown suggest five ways that congregations can ease the daily burden. Behave Many ministers spend a lot more time than they should sorting out personality issues and resolving petty conflicts. We call our ministers to train and teach and equip us. Let ...

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Making peace starts at home

Cover of Blessed and Called to be a Blessing: Muslim-Christian Couples Sharing a Life Together by Helen Richmond. Photo by Regnum books 2015.

When Michelle and Yusef chose to embark on life together as a married couple, some things were sure to become a little complicated. For Michelle, an Australian-born Christian, and Yusef, a Muslim, one of their first experiences of balancing two different religious traditions was deciding how they would get married. And more specifically, who would conduct the service. Uniting Church ...

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Everald: Larger than life

Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton. Photo taken by Journey.

As one of Australia’s largest providers of aged care services, the Uniting Church has a huge investment in ageing … and rightly so, given our demographic profile. John Harrison talks to an 84-year-old Uniting Church elder out to make a difference. His febrile Twitter handle says it all: @EVERALDATLARGE. At 84 years of age, Aspley Uniting Church elder Everald Compton ...

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Making more mission possible

Moreton Bay College student Caitlin Ramsay and Clayfield College student Helen Watson. Photos were supplied.

A Uniting Church Foundation program supporting Year 10 Indigenous students to fulfil their educational potential is going from strength to strength. Journey reports. Two more Indigenous students have been helped to pursue their vocational goals, thanks to a second round of grants from the Uniting Church Foundation’s $10 for 10 Appeal. The Indigenous Learning Pathways project was launched in 2014 ...

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Rebuilding shattered lives in Fiji

A pastoral service on 20 March at Broadwater Road Uniting Church in Brisbane for those affected by Cyclone Winston. Photo taken by David Busch.

Fijian-Australians and Uniting Church congregations across Queensland have opened their hearts to communities in cyclone-devastated Fiji. Journey reports. Fijian-Australians could only watch and wait over the weekend of 20 February as news filtered through about the impact of Fiji’s worst cyclone. Particularly hard-hit by Cyclone Winston were the north and north western coast of Viti Levu, the south coast of ...

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