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Uniting Church Moderator damns government treatment

Queensland’s moderator is supporting residents who will be displaced by the proposed Traveston Crossing dam in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Moderator of the Uniting Church Rev Dr David Pitman met with effected residents at Imbil on Thursday evening and toured the central Mary Valley on Friday to meet local people and gain a more complete understanding of the issues. Dr ...

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Randy Stonehill: still loud and loving it

When Randy Stonehill was nominated to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame he had two responses. At first he said, “Wow!” After a moment he added, “Am I that old?” Performing since 17 years of age, Randy is a pioneer of contemporary Christian music who has pointed hundreds of thousands to the risen Jesus for the past 37 years. ...

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Uniting Church may damn the state government over Mary River

Keen to hear the concerns of local people the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland will be attending a community meeting in Imbil on Thursday night to hear the stories of people who may be affected if the construction of the proposed Mary River Dam goes ahead. Uniting Church minister Rev Iain Watt who provides pastoral and church services ...

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24-hour church and a remarkable saint

It was just after ten on a blustery Beaconsfield night, seven or eight days into the dramatic saga of the mining rescue, when a young man stepped tentatively into the little, red-brick Uniting Church. I guessed he was a miner: a big, burley bloke with big hands to match his bulking frame. He had a few tattoos, working boots and ...

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Government opts out of R.E.

Almost 100 years after Queensland voters passed a referendum guaranteeing time for religious instruction in Queensland schools, the Queensland Government has announced that religious education in all State Schools will be offered on an “opt in” rather than “opt out” basis. The 1910 Referendum to enshrine Religious Education as part of Queensland State School programs was one of only two ...

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Government listens to churches: No change to RE

Education Minister, Rod Welford, announced today that the Government would not be proceeding with proposed amendments to religious education provisions in the Education Bill currently before State Parliament. Mr Welford said there would be no change to current arrangements regarding religious instruction in state schools. "I have listened to the concerns expressed by a number of Christian organisations and it ...

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The tears of God still fall for Port Arthur

Ten years on, the terrible events of Sunday, April 28 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania still numb the feelings of many Australians. At the time waves of disbelief and grief washed over the peaceful and tranquil holiday isle of Tasmania. Dr Christine Gapes former faculty member of United Theological College, Australian Catholic University, ...

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Life and Faith on the Edge in Tuvalu

It’s considered good manners in this very polite and very Christian country for a visiting Palagi (Westerner, outsider) to attend Church on Sundays, so I’m standing outside the largest church of Tuvalu’s Te Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu on Funafuti Atoll, the nine island country’s capital, in my sandals, Sulu, white shirt and blue tie, watching locals in their Sunday best, carrying ...

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Veterans centre one vision for church’s mission

PLANS FOR a church-based community centre for veterans, their spouses and families is just one of the new vision for mission initiatives of the Queensland Synod. The Uniting Church Veterans Family Centre will provide a range of professional services, community activities and personal support for veterans and their families, in the first church-based project of its kind in Australia. Borneo ...

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