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Our 30-year journey

A few of our favourite covers: Journey’s first edition (February 1986); Christmas cover (December 2006); and our most recent award-winning cover (April 2013).

This edition marks 30 years of Journey magazine. Mardi Lumsden explores the past, present and future of church communications. Leafing through newsprint is a fast-disappearing luxury. The dusty 30-year-old pages of the Journey archives are filled with stories of the church at work in the world, calling out injustice and celebrating global, national and local milestones. This is a record ...

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Shake, rattle and roll: How theological study can change your faith

Theology cartoon. Illustration by Phil Day.

There were plenty of passionate discussions around how the Uniting Church forms people in their faith at the 31st Synod in October last year. Mardi Lumsden explores how theological study deepens and even shakes your faith, and why that could be essential to your faith journey. The Uniting Church’s foundational document the Basis of Union outlines the importance of the ...

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Giving differently

Than holding Aung outside a refugee camp in Thailand. Photo by Act for Peace.

Sick of giving people socks or undies for Christmas? Mardi Lumsden explores gifts that give more than once. Christmas gift giving can be a stressful and expensive exercise, especially if purchasing for people who already have so much. A number of organisations provide alternative Christmas ideas and ways to help others when it comes to gift giving. Here are a ...

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Moving forward; keeping the charge

Members share communion during the 31st Synod closing service

The 31st Synod in Session closed five days of work and fellowship on 15 October with a worship service reminding members to “keep the charge”. Moderator David Baker reflected on the church as a flotilla; a group of ships traveling together, supporting each other. He reflected on past moderator, Kaye Ronalds’ question: “Are we there yet?” “I hope you have ...

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Celebrating the call to specified ministry

Rev Suzie Castle and Rev Andrew Gunton at the celebration of ministry at 31st Synod

Members of the 31st Queensland Synod celebrated the men and women in specified ministries and have retired, graduated or passed away since the last Synod meeting in May 2014. Synod General Secretary Rev John Cox read Isaiah 40:3-11 and Trinity College Queensland Principal Dr Aaron Ghiloni read Matthew 25:1-13 to begin the celebration of people committing their lives to the ...

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Past moderator reflects on joys and challenges

Rev Kaye Ronalds at the 31st Synod in Session

Immediate past moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds addressed the 31st Synod on 11 October to reflect on her three-year term. When Kaye began as moderator she asked the question: “Are we there yet?” On reflection she could now ask: will we ever be “there”? Kaye spoke of the privilege of representing the Uniting Church at a huge variety of events, both ...

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Gary Doyle announced as new General Secretary

New Queensland General Secretary Gary Doyle addresses the 31st Queensland Synod

Members of the 31st Synod have called Gary Doyle as the next General Secretary of the Queensland Synod. Gary is currently principal of The John Flynn College, a residential college associated with the Uniting and Lutheran churches at James Cook University in Townsville. Also a member of Aitkenvale Uniting Church, Gary believes God has prepared him for the role of ...

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Queensland’s leading lady passes the baton

Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds at the 30th Synod meeting. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Rev Kaye Ronalds will finish her three-year term as Moderator at this month’s 31st Queensland Synod meeting. Mardi Lumsden explores what others appreciated about Kaye’s time in the role. Kaye’s term as Moderator can be characterised by a comment she made at her induction service: “We need to become better at working together and remembering that there are many kinds ...

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Women’s conference seeks deeper story

The UnitingWomen conference celebrated rich and diverse stories of faith. Photos by Holly Jewell, Megan Graham and Assembly communications.

In September 500 women from across the Uniting Church in Australia gathered in Sydney for the inaugural UnitingWomen conference. Mardi Lumsden reports. The concept of a Uniting Church women’s conference is not a new one; the most recent similar event was Women Clothed with the Sun held in Brisbane in 1996. UnitingWomen’s theme, Seeking a deeper story, was expressed though ...

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Generosity meets mission

Rev Paul Clarke and artist Joy Harris. Photo taken by Holly Jewell.

The call for humans to care for creation—to be good stewards—goes back to Adam and Eve. As the Queensland Synod marks Stewardship Sunday (5 October), Mardi Lumsden explores how the modern church is living generously. So often, the word stewardship is underpinned by the need to fix the church roof or upgrade technology. Queensland Synod Moderator-elect Rev David Baker says ...

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