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Shalom looking forward

THE CRYSTAL Creek campus of Shalom College is getting a makeover. The campus, used for Indigenous young people disengaged from mainstream education, is an outdoor education centre half way between Townsville and Ingham. The main campus of Shalom College, a K-12 boarding and day school supported by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, is located in the western suburbs ...

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Pushing the boundaries of service

WITH AMNESTY International groups, Lifeline door knocks, Youngcare support groups and countless other activities in schools, it seems as though young people are passionate and active in supporting those less fortunate than themselves. Many schools make an effort to support their local community, but some schools are able to take that passion one step further. After a trip to Tonga ...

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Brave Scots praised for fire escape

STAFF AND students of Scots PGC College in Warwick have been praised for their quick response to an early morning fire that destroyed one of the junior boys’ boarding houses in June. The alarm was raised just before 3am on Saturday 13 June when one 14-year-old boy saw flames next to the bed of his roommate. He woke his roommate ...

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Wii a winner in aged and community care

A Blue Care evaluation report has revealed widespread enthusiasm among staff about the physical and psychosocial benefits of Nintendo Wii use in aged and community care services. Data collected from 53 Blue Care services throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales has shown young disabled clients and able elderly clients benefit most from the use of the technology. Blue Care ...

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Younger singles attracted to US ‘mega-churches’, survey finds

New York, 11 June U.S. "mega-churches" – predominately large Protestant or Pentecostal churches, many without denominational affiliation – attract more younger and unmarried members than smaller and more established Protestant churches, a new study concludes. A survey issued on 9 June of 24 900 people who attend services at 12 U.S. mega-churches, found that almost two-thirds (62 percent) of those ...

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Having faith in teachers

By Mardi Lumsden PEOPLE GO into teaching professions for many reasons. Perhaps they were inspired by a great teacher or determined that they could do better than a teacher they didn’t like. But coming in contact with so many young people every day creates a special duty for teachers. It is more than a duty of care. For many, it ...

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Easy as 1,2,3: the Church’s role in education

What does it mean to be a Christian School (or Church school) and is there a difference? Is it about an educational organisation based on values such as care and respect, or is it something more than that? With more than 12 000 Queensland students and almost 2000 staff going through the gates of just the Uniting Church schools each ...

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Making plans for revolution

A fresh exploration of the Beatitudes of Jesus is emerging as a grass roots international movement, starting in Queensland. Plan Be author Dave Andrews worked with the Bible Society Queensland to launch a new collection of resources at Easterfest in Toowoomba. The We Can Be concept is based on a modified version of the serenity prayer: “Lord, grant me the ...

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From Unchecked Greed to Prophetic Visioning

“Unchecked greed” and “extreme capitalism” are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis, said Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia. In March Ms Poulos visited Matanzas, on the northern coast of Cuba, as a member of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), an advisory body of the World Council of Churches. The CCIA, which advocates on ...

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UnitingWorld responds to crisis in Sri Lanka

UnitingWorld has today launched an emergency appeal to respond to the ‘humanitarian crisis’ unfolding in Sri Lanka. This appeal is in response to desperate pleas for assistance from Uniting Church partners in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Uniting Church members following the recent military victory over the LTTE. Within the Church, Tamil and Sinhalese members have spoken of their anguish ...

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