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Quick Aussie response to earthquake crisis

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Christian World Service (CWS) has launched an Emergency Appeal for Pakistan/Afghanistan Earthquake Victims. Click on the link to give online. NCCA CWS is coordinating the appeal with Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, its ecumenical partner for emergency responses. ACT member, Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, is monitoring the situation there through its offices ...

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Earthquake – President’s prayer

O God, we pray for those in the Islamabad region who are still trapped beneath shattered buildings, those desperately searching for relatives or friends, those in grief for those they have lost, the hundreds of thousands suffering deprivation as they look on in shock at what the quaking earth has done to their homes and community. We pray for those ...

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Christian “blokes” away for the weekend

A Central Queensland group of about 15 "blokes" meet over an October weekend to drink coke, play cards and eat baked beans in good ol’ fashioned harmless christian fellowship.  Rev Andrew (Gunto) Gunton lead the group in discussions about the changing role of the christian Aussie bloke.  Meeting at a beach house in Zilzie (near Yeppoon) the blokes had a great ...

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Industrial relations reforms disgraceful and excessive

Uniting Church leaders today condemned the Government’s proposed industrial relations reforms and the limited safeguards announced yesterday which do little to protect the rights and conditions of Australia’s most vulnerable workers. Uniting Church President, Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton, said the Government’s ‘WorkChoices’ reform package is more about choice for business than protecting the country’s workers. “We are not comforted by ...

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The Sad Truth About Happiness

by Anne Giardini (Fourth Estate, 2005, $27.95) Set in the cities and small towns of Canada, "The Sad Truth About Happiness" is a young woman’s quest for home.  Each chapter of Anne Giardini’s first novel is named after, and built upon, a detail of her narrator’s emotional house (pantry, gate, spare room etc.).  Maggie Selgrin is a single, 32 year old ...

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Church and trust: More than research results

Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman has responded to a new study which claims that more Australians trust the country’s defence force than its churches, agreeing that Christian Churches have, to a large degree, lost contact with the wider Australian public. He believes the Queensland University of Technology research, which reported that only 35 per ...

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History and honour for urban aboriginal and islander ministry

A small crowd of around 40 people gathered at West End Uniting Church in Brisbane on the first day of October to hear the history of the Queensland Uniting Church’s urban aboriginal and islander ministry since the 1970s and to honour and support the work of aboriginal leaders in ministry Aunty Jean Phillips and Mrs Elizabeth Law. Aboriginal leaders Elizabeth ...

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Supporting young families

A Christian brochure called Faith Family, distributed quarterly to more than 20,000 families, is being positively received by church communities across Australia. Faith Family is a collaborative project involving the Queensland Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit and family workers in the South Australian Synod, as well as the Lutheran and Anglican churches. The colourful four-page brochure is designed especially for ...

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Losing it. The Inside Story of the Labor Party in Opposition

Losing it. The Inside Story of the Labor Party          in OppositionAnnabel Crabb Picador, 2005, $25"Losing it" provides something of an antidote to the poison injected into the body politic by Mark Latham’s diaries. Journalist Annabel Crabb has put Labor’s malaise into perspective by taking readers behind the Party’s scenes during its time in Federal Opposition since 1996.  She describes ...

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Renewing the Passion through music

The song written especially for the 25th Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland is Renewing the Passion by renowned Queensland songwriter David MacGregor from Indooroopilly Uniting Church.  "Renewing the Passion" was the theme chosed for the 25th Synod and David’s words and music pick up the theme by calling on people to rise up with renewed passion to go out ...

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