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Finding peace in politics

Brad Chapman is a self-professed high school dropout. The 22 year-old left school as a young entrepreneur to run his own mortgage broking company on the Gold Coast. Here is a young Christian who is exploring the world where religion meets politics. As a teenager, Mr Chapman became interested in both Christianity and politics. Now he finds himself actively participating ...

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Cyclone Larry: a message from the Moderator

My brothers and sisters in Christ, In the aftermath of Cyclone Larry, I feel it is important to communicate with our people regarding the situation in North Queensland. You will be well aware through extensive media reports that the cyclone has caused widespread devastation of property and crops. I have this morning spoken with Glen Loutitt, our minister in Innisfail, ...

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Amazed by School Packs response

As the School Packs for the Solomons project gains momentum, the goal of filling 800-1000 backpacks is drawing close.  “We have been overwhelmed by the response,” said project coordinator Heather den Houting. “This project appears to have touched a nerve in the church and community, and people are responding above and beyond all expectations. “The stories we are hearing about ...

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Vision for Mission Advocate sees a future for the church

Rev Duncan Macleod has been appointed to the new Vision for Mission Advocate position by the Queensland Synod. Synod Secretary Rev Jenny Tymms said the appointment of a Vision for Mission Advocate is part of the Synod’s strategy to seed new mission ventures which will build intentional relationships with people of the wider community. “We are looking to establish new ...

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Should God get a vote?

With family values, abortion and intelligent design firmly on the political agenda the Australian community is reassessing the role of religion in Australia’s political life. While conventional wisdom was never to mix faith and politics, both the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer have participated in media saturated attendances at the Hillsong Church in Sydney, and the Family First party with ...

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Agents of Grace – Lenten Studies 2006

An all new series of Lenten resources is being offered from the Queensland Synod for use by congregations for group study and/or personal reflection during Lent or at some other time during the year. The Agents of Grace resource is offered to Uniting Church congregations in Queensland as a four-page full colour "lift-out" in the March issue of Journey. They are ...

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Moderator plans a makeover

With the 11th National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia to be held in Brisbane in July, there is continuing speculation about the follow-up to the Resolution 84 decisions of 2003. The resolution, which deals with sexuality and leadership within the Uniting Church, has been hotly debated and has caused a divide in the membership of the Uniting Church ...

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16 years to call Australia home

After 16 years of living with the constant threat of deportation to a country where he had been a political prisoner, Ephrem Dehne Wold-Mariam has finally been granted a permanent Australian Visa. At the age of 63 and with deteriorating health, Mr Wold-Mariam has been granted a permanent Employer Nominated Migration Visa (Subclass 856). This visa allows him to work ...

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Flipping out over Pancake Day

Staff at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane are preparing for their fourth annual Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday, 28 February. Over 220 organisations throughout Queensland are joining St Andrew’s and have registered to cook, flip and sell pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to help raise funds for UnitingCare Queensland’s agencies. This year comedienne Corinne Grant (Rove Live, The Glasshouse) ...

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Deacons: still serving God on the edge

There are almost 80 ordained deacons serving in the Uniting Church across Australia but most congregation members have never met a deacon and have no idea what they do. St Stephen was the first recorded deacon in AD 34 but his daring preaching of Christ led him to become the first Christian martyr. Another early deacon was St Laurence, known ...

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