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Magnetic Island powers up the grid

MAGNETIC ISLAND Uniting Church is now supplying sufficient electricity to the grid from its newly installed solar panels to power nearly two houses, making it a net contributor of energy, rather than a net user. The solar power was made possible by the Townsville Solar City project. The church paid nothing for the installation and gains nothing by it, but ...

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Green church web of life

THE QUEENSLAND Synod Green Church office would like to hear stories of congregations and agencies working to help the environment. Green Church volunteer Judith Dalton said sharing stories, information and resources can encourage and empower others. She said a recent Western Australian Synod Green Church survey found 200 different activities happening to do with environmentalism and conservation. "One church even ...

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Student Life Mission at Work

OVER 60 young people from the Student Life Mission came to the Gold Coast in November to witness to Schoolies. The Burleigh Heads Uniting Church opened its doors to the students for the 10 days they were on the Gold Coast, giving them a place to meet, worship, train and coordinate their mission. The young people came from various universities ...

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Frontier Services welcomes ordination of local ‘patrol minister’

WELL KNOWN Cunnamulla Frontier Services Patrol Minister Dennis Cousens was ordained at the Darling Downs Presbytery in Toowoomba on 13 November 2010 as a Minister of the Uniting Church of Australia. Dennis has been involved in the church his whole life, firstly with the Methodist Church and then with the Uniting Church since Union in 1977. He has held a number ...

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First seniors leave Unity

THE UNITING Church’s unique school partnership with the Catholic church has taken a big step forward. The first cohort of seniors’ graduation ceremony at Unity College, Caloundra, will mark the opening of a new assembly hall. Funded through the federal government grants scheme, the multi purpose facility, with seating for 1000, was completed years ahead of the original master plan. The ...

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Vale Max Christie

On 11th October, many of us were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Max Christie. Max was a vibrant member of Mossman Uniting Church, as well as a great contributor to the wider Church. Above all, he was a faithful servant of his Lord Jesus Christ. Born in 1938, as one of six children, Max’s parents were orchardists. ...

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Celebration Time!

EACH YEAR at this time, I enjoy the privilege of attending special functions for many of our schools. It’s that time when the summer vacation is almost here and schools reflect on and celebrate the year that has passed. These events remind us of the wonderful work being done amongst our young people and the high calibre of citizen being moulded ...

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Honouring Norman Young

Some readers of Journey will remember Rev Dr (now Professor Emeritus) Norman Young, who was Deputy Master of Kings College and Lecturer in Theology in the Methodist Church from 1960 to 1963. In late November I had the opportunity to attend a Conference in Melbourne to honour Norman on the occasion of his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of ...

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Ministers on a mission from God

Trinity Theological College celebrated the graduation of six Ministers of the Word on 25 October. The group, four women and two men, look forward to sharing their diverse skills and passions with the church throughout Australia. Artist Dona Spencer said her hope for her ministry was to continue to walk the path God has chosen for her. “I hope to ...

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Grace journeys through The Gap

On the first weekend of September The Gap Uniting Church hosted a full-day seminar and evening concert with musicians Geoff Bullock and Stu Larsen called Journeys in Music and Grace. Mr Bullock and Mr Larsen are both well-known and talented song writers and The Gap Uniting Church minister Rev John Ruhle said it was a “privilege, a challenge and an ...

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