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Coastal Queen’s birthday honours

Two Queensland Uniting Church members were awarded Orders of Australia medals yesterday as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Burleigh Waters resident Bettye Dare was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community as an organist with the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church. Mr James Watt, also from the Sunshine Coast, was awarded an Order of Australia ...

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New name unites vision

INDOOROOPILLY UNITING Church played host for two events on 28 April celebrating the Queensland launch of UnitingWorld, formerly Uniting International Mission. People interested in the church’s global partnerships gathered to celebrate the mission of God and hear how to live out the Basis of Union’s call to be a church which transcends cultural, economic, and racial boundaries. UnitingWorld National Director ...

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Joining the journey

Meet the new Journey journalist I HAVE always marvelled at how powerful the media is whenever the phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword” comes to mind. Although the pen has been somewhat replaced by the keyboard, the concept remains. Writing is a vocation I am passionate about. As a journalist working in Papua New Guinea for 10 years, ...

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Meet the new Associate General Secretary

REV DR MARIAN Zaunbrecher, the newly-appointed Associate General Secretary of the Queensland Synod has been a minister of the Uniting Church since 1987, serving in urban and regional areas of Victoria and New South Wales. A teacher by profession, Dr Zaunbrecher has taught as a primary teacher, a multicultural teacher, a teacher for adult women in a technical college and ...

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12th Assembly Youthful Members Orientation

People from all over the country gather at the triennial Assembly to decide the future life of the church. Among them will be some of the most energetic and vibrant members of the church: our young people. Coordinated by the host synod, it’s something of a tradition for a Youthful Members Orientation to be held prior to Assembly to ensure ...

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Vale Jean Pidgeon

Born in London in 1902, Jean Pidgeon passed away in May and, in her 107th year, was perhaps the oldest member of the Uniting Church in Australia. Mrs Pidgeon and her parents moved to Dalveen in 1917, and immediately became involved in the Thulimbah Presbyterian church. Later she became involved in the Presbyterian church (later the Uniting Church) at Dalveen, ...

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Vale Marguerite Chapman

 Marguerite Chapman – a gracious woman of God I am sure that many of you will be aware that Marguerite Chapman died last Saturday (9th May). Her life and her faith were celebrated at a funeral service in Ayr on Tuesday. Marguerite was a gracious Christian woman whose faith and life touched many people both in her home towns of ...

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Help needed in Living Room

VOLUNTEERS ARE needed for the Living Room, a ministry to all people with a particular focus on people with disabilities and their carers. The Living Room is held at Ashgrove Avenue Uniting Church from 10am each Tuesday with a worship service and lunch. Trinity Wilston Minister Sue Pickering is looking for people who have gifts to share. “We need people ...

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Youth Interfaith Leadership Institute nominations open

The Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre has opened nominations for participants in their 2009 project, Youth Interfaith Leadership Institute. For four days in July, the project will bring together 30 college or university students aged 18 to 30 who have been nominated by faith and religious communities and organisations. The aim of the group is to not only deepen understanding of ...

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Making disciples of 15 nations

ON ONE SUNDAY in April, 65 people from 15 different nationalities made a public affirmation of faith at Logan Central Multicultural Uniting Church. The confirmation service, attended by around 400 people, was led by young people in the congregation, and included hymns sung in six different languages simultaneously. Minister Rev Dr Apichart Branjerdporn said the church overflowed with people and ...

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