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Changing the national conversation

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

As you read this it’ll be one month to go. I’m writing this over two weeks before 5 June, on 16 May, and already there’s a sense of boredom and “let’s get this over with” in terms of the federal election. That’s sad really, as in the course of human history and even in the world today, to be able ...

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Dangerous ideas cause chain reaction

Unchaining dangerous ideas... Illustration: Phil Day

A new forum to explore outside-the-box thinking was a smashing success at Synod. Journey reports. Hundreds gathered for Unchained, a half-day festival held during Synod in Session to air dangerous ideas about how the Uniting Church might re-imagine itself and its place in the world. The event evolved from a suggestion first made by the moderator that the Synod needed ...

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32nd Synod: United in purpose and passion

32nd Synod. Photo: Ben Rogers

Enriching dialogue and diversity reigned at the 32nd Synod meeting (20–24 May) while future directions were confirmed. The Journey team was there to cover the event. The Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast was packed with hundreds of Uniting Church members from across Queensland. The tea urns were switched on and the blue and orange cards were ready ...

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Trading fair for the future

Edinburgh: a Fairtrade city. Photo: Supplied

One of the appealing characteristics of the Uniting Church is the passion many members have for social justice. We acknowledge that from the Old Testament prophets through Jesus’ commands that we love God and our neighbour there is concern for the poor and the disadvantaged. There are 2000 verses in the Bible which speak about the poor. Many congregations have ...

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How to run great garage sales that deliver the goods

Garage sales at Chermside Kedron Comunity, Sherwood Uniting Church and Paradise Point Uniting Church.

Every weekend someone, somewhere is having a garage sale. And who can resist the allure of finding just what you need or a hidden treasure among the piles of household items? Journey asks churches for their tips for turning trash into treasure. Garage sales can be important fundraisers for local churches as well as great opportunities to connect with the ...

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Volunteers giving and living happy

Wesley Mission Brisbane volunteers.

The 2016 National Volunteer Week theme is “Give Happy, Live Happy”, a message that resonates with Uniting Church members who volunteer in the Queensland community. Journey reports. Every year National Volunteer Week is a prominent opportunity to draw attention to the vital work volunteers do across the nation. This year’s theme for the week, from 9–15 May, continues on from ...

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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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