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Sexuality: What’s the big deal?

Stretching Faith

Last month, young adults across Queensland gathered to talk about holistic sexuality with Uniting Church President, Rev Dr Andrew Dutney. Ashley Goetze reports. Suggestively titled Theology between the sheets, bashfulness soon subsided in exchange for sincere questions surrounding the nation’s fixation on Biblical interpretations regarding same-sex marriage. As one young person asked, “What’s the big deal?” Uniting Church President Rev Dr Andrew Dutney answered, ...

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Committing to community in Jandowae

Judith Baskerville,Jeff Taylor and Rev Jenny Sims

Actively expressing love for others by being a positive presence in the community has become a priority for Jandowae Uniting Church. Rohan Salmond spoke with congregation minister Rev Jenny Sims. What’s happening in your congregation? There is new enthusiasm within the congregation to connect with the community. Three members of the congregation are involved in religious instruction in the school. Members are involved ...

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Grand dame of Toowoomba celebrates 150 years

Presbyterian Church, 1932. Photo by State Library Queensland

One of Queensland’s iconic city churches celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, throwing the spotlight on a remarkable period of Christian witness in the south-east region. Dianne Jensen reports. Built of local basalt and sandstone,St Stephen’s Uniting Church (formerly Presbyterian) in Toowoomba was completed in 1884. The 150th anniversary marks the establishment of the charge (parish) in 1863, although the ...

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Mission all sewn up at Elanora

Christian women coming together can be a powerful force for mission. Dianne Jensen visits a booming community program at Elanora Uniting Church. Is this the biggest craft group in Australia? Elanora Uniting Church on the Gold Coast opens its doors every Wednesday during school term to around 280 people who gather to share skills and fellowship. The Leisuretime ministry started ...

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No ordinary church

The Leichhardt Patrol is not a “congregation” in the traditional sense, but rather an initiative of the Presbytery of the Downs that provides pastoral care to rural properties as well as regional congregational bodies. Rohan Salmond spoke with patrol minister Rev Graham Slaughter. What is the Leichhardt Patrol? The Patrol covers part of the area known as the Surat Basin ...

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Mission alive in Townsville

What is your mission? Townsville Central City Mission is a strategic city church committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and ministering to human need by providing personal and family care through the ministry of word and deed. What’s happening in your church? At the moment a Joint Nomination Committee is being selected to call a minister to the ...

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Coorparoo sews seeds for mission

Some congregations look at a large grassy block and worry about the mowing roster. Others, like the members of Coorparoo Uniting Church, think about the possibilities. Dianne Jensen reports. Coorparoo is one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs. Its central location and traditional housing are prime targets for redevelopment, and green space is precious. Four years ago the congregation (then led by ...

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Mackay making links

Northside Uniting Church is located in Mackay, central Queensland, and its sister congregation is Seaforth, in a coastal village. The congregations have strong links with the community. Tara Burton spoke with congregation member Rod Kirkpatrick. How are you enriching your community? We play significant roles in local schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Hospital and nursing home visitation, including conducting chapel ...

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Faith in action: Aitkenvale inspired by Kiribati

The view from a back deck can be inspirational, as Aitkenvale Uniting Church Deck Dwellers convener Scott Heron and minister Mark Dewar told Dianne Jensen. When Aitkenvale Uniting Church members felt called to connect with a Christian congregation overseas, they sat out on a back deck and talked and prayed about it. The new group, the Deck Dwellers, was formed ...

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