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Faith, Hope, Love… it’s Christmas

THIS DECEMBER, nearly 250 000 post cards from Uniting Churches will be making their way to communities throughout Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. The theme of the cards (Faith, Hope, Love) comes directly from the Uniting Church in Queensland’s Call: Uniting in Christ, acting with love, living with hope, witnessing in faith, working for justice. In the Synod office we are ...

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Remembering those who serve

UNITING CHURCH Minister, Rev John Saunders, is on active service as a Chaplain with the Australian Army in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, where he has been since mid-June this year. When he arrived in the Middle East it was the height of summer with temperatures between 40- 50C. By the time he leaves he will have been through a winter with ...

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QR codes look to future

QR CODES (or Quick Response codes) are twodimensional barcodes that can store more information than a regular barcode. They allow people to link to digital content such as websites or open certain functions on your phone, for example your contacts section to import data from a digital business card. They work by using your smart phone’s camera to scan the ...

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Mission for a fresh church

THE FRESH Expressions movement is creating a buzz of excitement in the Uniting Church around new kinds of mission and outreach. In essence, the movement isn’t doing anything new at all. It is almost taking mission and outreach and the activity of ‘church’ back to its fundamental roots: being Christ in the community. In 2005 the Church of England established ...

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Knitting revives body and spirit

WHAT BEGAN as a small project for two keen knitters two years ago has grown into a small army of women knitting blankets for the Hamlin Fistula Trust in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Heather Allison and Sarah Hucklesby investigated charitable organisations that could use hand knitted materials and decided on the Trust not only because of an Australian connection (the ...

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Inspired thinking

HISTORY BOOKS are full of inspired people who have shaped our world. Explorers, inventors, scientists, artists, theologians and so many others have spent countless hours growing the seeds of ideas into tangible realities. Even today the way we communicate, socialise, even the food we eat is evolving. This is not necessarily always a good thing, but one thing is for ...

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Poverty inspires justice

IT’S NOT every day you see a music video featuring the people the song is about, especially when the song is about a young Filipino prostitute. But that didn’t stop Brisbane band, Remember Seven, launch a video clip for their song Red Lit Stage in September. Indeed, the band usually goes against the norms of the music industry, not because ...

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Meditating on God

THE PRACTICES of meditation and yoga are often thought of as part of Eastern religions. Rev Dr Amos Manoharan, minister at Holland Park Central Uniting Church, south of Brisbane, disagrees. “There are some wrong notions about yoga,” he said. “Sometimes, the word yoga creates some prejudices. “Some call it a new age concept or Hinduism or devilish. There is no ...

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Reading the bible through new eyes

WE, IN THE Western World, live in a time and space that has been moulded by the concept of modernity and a scientific world view. But do we realise when we read Scripture that the places we have come from – our cultural heritage, church tradition, the understanding of the world that we have been schooled in, our family etc ...

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Shining through grey clouds

IN APRIL, in response to the flooding in Brisbane in January, a few Uniting Church members opened a support centre to help community members suff ering from grief, pain, bereavement, and life direction and relationship issues. Known as the Grey Clouds Blue Skies Support Centre, it provides free workshops, seminars, small group and one-on-one counselling by a trained, compassionate and ...

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