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Moderator’s Community Service Medal: The search is on

Uniting Church in Queensland moderator David Baker, UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross, 2014 Moderator’s Community Service Medal recipient Shirley Wyatt and Maria Maloney, Wesley Hospital volunteer manager. Photo: Holly Jewell

UnitingCare Queensland is on the lookout for outstanding volunteers who reflect the UnitingCare Queensland mission. Emily Murray writes. The search is on for nominations for the 2016 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Successful nominees will have the opportunity to be presented with their medal during the Uniting Church in Queensland’s 32nd Synod meeting at Alexandra Park Conference Centre 20–24 May. UnitingCare ...

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Solidarity forever

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.” 1 Corinthians 15:20 If there’s one word that encapsulates the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, it is, for me, the word “solidarity”. The seasons of this time in the Christian year emphasise solidarity: Christmas, the season of “Emmanuel”—God with us; Epiphany, ...

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Letters March 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Super exemption call self-serving I was interested to read about Uniting Church ministers wanting to be exempt from the government’s changes to superannuation (“Not so super: Retirement incomes slashed”, February 2016, page five). What makes them think that they are alone in this? Many of us will be affected by the changes. Let’s all be exempt! This change is a measure ...

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Less talking, more leading

A still of Rev Ralph Mayhew from a YouTube video promoting his new book.

Christian leadership isn’t about becoming a household name. Rev Ralph Mayhew looks at the need to develop new leaders in the Uniting Church. Christian leadership is always about minimising ourselves while seeking to maximise Christ. It stands in contrast to other models of leadership, where leadership is about becoming known in order to change the world. A Christian leader can ...

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Newlife College celebrates one year

Newlife College students Jason Mountjoy, Joshua Capuano, James Hunt. Photo by Bruce Mullan.

One year after opening, Queensland’s newest ministry college continues to grow. Journey explores. Newlife Uniting Church is celebrating the first full year of operations for its new ministry college. Newlife College ran two full semesters last year, and campus coordinator Shahn Dee is looking forward to what 2016 will bring. “We’ve just finished our first year of enrolling and teaching ...

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Not so super: Retirement incomes slashed

An old couple working out their finances.

More than 1000 retired Uniting Church ministers have had their retirement incomes slashed by Federal Government superannuation changes that came into effect on 1 January. Matt Pulford reports. Changes to the tax treatment of defined benefit super schemes mean more than 80 per cent of retired members in the Uniting Church Beneficiary Fund are losing thousands of dollars a year, ...

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Letters February 2016

Letters to the editor graphic by Uniting Communications.

Palestine resolution It was reported in the Australian, (“Uniting Church in Australia faces backlash on anti-Israel boycott”, Tuesday 15 December, page 3) that the Uniting Church Assembly had decided to embrace the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Uniting Church president, Stuart McMillan, said the church had “encouraged members to be informed and to consider personally boycotting” goods produced “within ...

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In whatever you do, be a leader

A cartoon on Christian leadership by Phil Day.

Greetings for the new year; I trust and pray that you will know God’s leading and blessing in it. There are some articles on leadership in this month’s Journey. Leadership is one of those constant, big buzzwords. It seems, in the West, everyone is crying out for it, yet those who are in positions of authority across many of the ...

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Thai’d together on mission

Toowong Uniting Church members on mission in Thailand, December 2015.

Over the Christmas and New Year period, five members of Toowong Uniting Church embarked on a short term mission trip to Thailand. Grace Branjerdporn reflects. The mission trip was called Thai’d Together to represent the sense of collaboration and cooperation that the team wanted to have with the local churches in Thailand. With only 1.2 per cent of the population identifying ...

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Our sporting heart

Rev Tim Winslade

There’s something almost spiritual about how we gather to watch sport. Now, just as the cricket season begins, Rev Tim Winslade writes about how sport gives us an opportunity to reflect Christ to the nation. Twelve months is a long time in the world of sport. On 27 November 2014 we were shocked at the tragic death of a young ...

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