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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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1300 UCAQLD: Synod available to rural congregations for the cost of a local call

In an innovative move to increase accessibility for congregation leaders outside the Brisbane metropolitan area the Synod has established a 1300 local call telephone number for people wishing to access Synod services and staff. Synod Communication Services Unit Manager Bruce Mullan explained that previously, for most Uniting Church congregations and members in Queensland, a telephone call to the Synod Office ...

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Born into the ordinary

After the birth of Christ, we need not look to the extraordinary, the spectacular or the miraculous to find God. God is now found where we live in our kitchens, at our tables, in our wounds, and in each other’s faces. That is hard to believe and always has been. When Jesus was on earth, virtually no one believed he ...

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Helping kids learn to give it away

Christmas is for the children who love the stories, carols and presents and generally bask in the family and holiday festivities but as the reflection from Donna Walck (page 16) demonstrates, Christmas is not just about “us”. Helping children focus beyond themselves during this season can be a challenge for parents. Children’s Ministry Coordinator with the Youth and Children’s Ministry ...

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Rescuing Christmas from Santa Claus

Sitting somewhere between Jesus and the tooth fairy is a jolly round man who has captured the hearts of our community. As 21st century Christians scratch their heads, what was once a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ has become a consumer binge which escalates to new heights every year thanks to K-Mart, Myer and a mailbox stuffed ...

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