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Tides and offerings

THE ENORMOUS clean up is well under way in Central and South-East Queensland and the Downs Presbytery after the region experienced the worst flooding in 30 years. Thousands of volunteers have turned out to scrape mud off flood affected properties. Volunteers also fed those cleaning. Long road to recoveryDespite tragedy communities have banded together on the long road to recovery. ...

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Stages of disaster recovery

THE FLOODS, and now cyclone, which have affected so many people in Queensland have touched the hearts and minds of Australians in an outpouring of grief and concern. The media has brought saturation coverage of every aspect of the event; yet in the months and years that follow, the process of recovery will continue unseen. What is that process, and how ...

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Thousands of local community groups backbone of flood recovery

Thousands of local organisations that are part of the not for profit community sector have thrown themselves into helping people recover from flooding throughout Queensland. “Local community organisations have been active at a time when many would have normally scaled down for the summer break,” says QCOSS Director Jill Lang. “Workers and volunteers involved with neighbourhood centres and other local ...

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Flood liturgy for use in worship

Amidst the devastation of the Queensland floods, some Queensland Uniting Church members have prepared a liturgy and prayers of intercession for use in worship. Please download them in PowerPoint format here. Lament written by Jennifer Farquhar, Secretary, Presbytery of Central Qld. PowerPoints compiled by Karyl Davison, Rural Ministry Coordinator, Presbytery of Central Qld, and the Queensland Synod Communication Services Unit. ...

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Extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary emotions: Lifeline offers tips to manage

Natural disasters can be very challenging for people directly affected and, as it’s such an extraordinary circumstance, it’s very useful for people to have tips on how to manage, both physically and emotionally. Lifeline Gold Coast General Manager Peter Loughnane said our challenge as individuals and as a community is to ensure we look after ourselves, our families, our friends ...

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Flood round up: Churches help in time of need

As clouds gather and waters recede the true impact of the flooding in Queensland is slowly coming to light. Uniting Churches throughout the State have been working with other churches and organisations to provide for effected communities. The Church at workIn Brisbane’s western suburbs the Moggill Uniting Church was set up as an evacuation centre providing food and company for ...

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Sod turning milestone on journey to reduce homelessness in Brisbane

The turning of the first sod at the Brisbane Common Ground project in South Brisbane marks another milestone in the mission to provide supportive housing to people who have been left on the streets for far too long. The 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign with local businesses, community groups and volunteers created a baseline register of 265 people on the ...

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Uniting Church in Australia FLOOD APPEAL

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Like me you will have been following the news reports about the devastation caused by the flooding across many towns in Queensland. I have tried to keep informed about what is happening in those places where we have Uniting Church people. I have been greatly impressed with the way people from our churches are ...

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Finding answers to old questions

Journey finishes its exploration of Brian McLaren’s 10 questions which he says are transforming the church. This final question looks at the future. How do we explore the previous nine questions without creating division? IN HIS BOOK A New Kind of Christianity Brian McLaren posed 10 questions to help people join the quest for a new and better kind of ...

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Heart and soul lead the way

ZILLMERE UNITING Church member Georgia Corowa is certainly good at juggling many roles. The Churches Together Indigenous People’s Partnership (CTIPP) officer has just returned from a tour to Vanuatu performing with Singaot Sista, a group of acclaimed female Indigenous singers-songwriters from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Sudan. The Queensland Churches Together (QTC) Indigenous advisory role is something of a ...

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