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Building men of hope and courage

I grew up in a community that was both microscopic and networked at the same time. It was a microscopic community because my family lived on lighthouse stations. At the same time it was a dynamically networked community across the whole country, with 24 manned stations and the accompanying support networks. Looking back, it was a safe community. There were ...

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Belonging to God

IN the service of Congregational Reaffirmation of Baptism, the members of the congregation are invited to trace the sign of the cross on each other and to declare as they do so: “You belong to Christ”. It is a powerful moment in which we are reminded of the identity we received at our baptism. If we allow the sign and ...

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Finding your other self

BORN in the Northern Territory, Trinity Theological College student Fa Ngaluafe speaks rather eloquently about belonging and the challenges that come with belonging to two different cultures. “Belonging is a worldwide human desire that we all seek,” she said. “It is like a missing piece within our hearts and lives which we continuously search for. “I have come to a ...

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Partners on the journey

WHEN a church calls a person in ministry it is not just that person who answers the call. A move to a new congregation or role impacts their whole family. Partners in Ministry (PIM) originated in the Methodist Church over 60 years ago to support this group of people. Queensland PIM secretary Andi Griggs said that although the group was ...

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Hope overflowing

ONE year on and the physical and emotional scars of the January 2011 floods and cyclone are still evident throughout Queensland. In an area which bore the brunt of the flood’s casualties, The Downs Presbytery Minister Sharon Kirk said she deliberately did not watch any news replays of the footage from the devastating events. “I just can’t bring myself to ...

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Searching for belonging

PEOPLE all over the world are searching for a sense of belonging. A National Church Life Survey (NCLS) report determined that inclusion is one of nine core qualities of vital church Life. The report, The Role of Innovation in Church Life and Health, released in March 2010, states that innovation inspires belonging when it comes to church attendance. “Research shows ...

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Responding to the call

ON MONDAY 17 October Playgroup Queensland staff visited the Indooroopilly Uniting Church Playgroup to help celebrate their win of the 2011 Playgroup Excellence Award (Community Playgroup) for their two groups. A fun filled morning was had by all and volunteers, Gaylynn Bailey, Erica Henley, Jill and Terry Mudie, Jann and Rex Niven and the parents were thrilled to receive a ...

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Volunteers awarded

 THE WORK of 11 remarkable individuals was celebrated in October with UnitingCare Queensland’s Moderator’s Community Service Medals. The awards were presented at the 29th Synod at Alexandra Headland on Sunday 9 October by Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds. Beryl Roylance, Carole Lyall, Dulcie Turner, Iuma Apelu, Lyn Paynedoc, Margaret Sear, Pat McMurtrie, Wendy Kent, Clyde Nicholl, Joyce Rieck, and Jeannine Moye ...

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Exploring the holy night

OF ALL the Christmas carols, ‘Cantique de Noël’ or ‘O Holy Night’ is perhaps one of the most loved. For me, it’s the only one I really enjoy. It has a soaring melody, a mood of hopeful anticipation and an unforgettable finish. There are, however, two things that are impossible about this song. The first is the impossibility of everyone ...

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1 Corinthians 13 Christmas style

IF I DECORATE my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to ...

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