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Basis of Union points to the future

Queensland born Rev Dr Andrew Dutney is Principal of Parkin-Wesley Theological College in Adelaide and Lecturer in Historical and Systematic Theology. Dr Dutney is one of Australia’s most respected commentators on the Basis of Union and he reflects for Journey on its importance for the church after 30 years. As the data from the 2006 National Church Life Survey begins ...

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New book analyses ‘Alpha’ phenomenon

Adverts on the backs of buses, in taxis, on billboards and in newspapers for "Alpha courses", a popular introduction to the essentials of Christianity, are familiar to many people in Britain and further afield. Alpha’s organisers claim that more than 8 million people worldwide have now attended one of their courses, and that more than 7000 churches in Britain and ...

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Moderator: Government turns back the clock

This statement was released today by the Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman in response to the Federal Government announcement regarding Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory. The announcement by the Prime Minister regarding intervention by the Federal Government into the critical situation of child abuse in indigenous communities is a matter for grave concern. ...

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Moderator on 30th Anniversary: Still a pilgrim people

The Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman spoke at a dinner in Mackay this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. This is the text of his address. This is a very significant year for a number of reasons. 300 years ago, Charles Wesley, brother of John and hymn writer ...

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Fraudsters prey on the trust of church members

When Australian Capital Reserve was placed in voluntary administration two weeks ago it was the life savings of mum and dad investors, up to $330 million worth, that were at greatest risk. Real estate agent Sam Pogson and many of the company’s founders are members of the Christadelphian church, pointing again to how vulnerable churches are to a scam known ...

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Paraphernalia process produced a lasting legacy

In 1975 a Brisbane based group of 12 people drawn from representatives of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches was given the task of coming up with, among other things, the logo for what would be known as the Uniting Church. Called the “Committee on Paraphernalia and Titles”, the group was also charged with deciding the name of the intended ...

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Have we lost ourselves along the way?

ULTIMATELY, IT matters little whether the Uniting Church in Australia is in fact the first ‘home-grown’, truly indigenous expression of Australian Christianity. The only question that should concern us now is, have we been faithful to what has been entrusted to us? Thirty years ago, the Uniting Church had the chance to liberate itself from the tyranny of ecclesiastical inertia, ...

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Church Union was greeted with celebration and sadness

“THE UNITING Church burst onto the Australian political and ecumenical scene with renewed energy for presenting a relevant Christian message in the Australian context,” said ethicist and retired Uniting Church Minister Rev Dr Noel Preston. While those who led the union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches were singing songs of praise in the streets of Sydney, not everyone ...

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A pastoral letter from the Moderator regarding the 26th Synod

Dear friends in Christ, The 26th Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland concluded on Tuesday of this week. We enjoyed great fellowship, inspiring worship, a wonderful Synod celebration marking the 30th anniversary of our Church, and the generous hospitality of the Alexandra Park staff. The Synod received a number of major reports relating to the future of Theological Education, ...

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26th Synod calls a new Moderator from the bathroom

Rev Bruce Johnson currently minister of Broadwater Road Uniting Church in Mansfield, Brisbane has been elected by the 26th Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church to be its next Moderator. Synod members were highly amused that Mr Johnson was visiting the bathroom when his appointment was announced and greeting his belated entry to the auditorium with a standing ovation. Mr ...

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