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Trainees test the call to ministry

A year working as a Ministry Trainee in the Emerald/Fernlees Uniting Church Congregation has confirmed for Monique Mawbey that she has a call to the ordained ministry. “It has made me aware of ministries I wasn’t even sure existed and helped me discover where I think my true calling might be,” said Ms Mawbey who also said while the experience ...

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Alamoti Lavaki continues the proud ANZAC tradition

WHAT DO you say when your three year old son cries on the phone and says, “Daddy come home”? There was not much Captain (Rev) Alamoti Lavaki could say. His son was in Brisbane and he was serving with the ANZAC Battle Group in Timor Leste. It was one of those moments only soldiers understand. The Uniting Church chaplain had ...

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The Doodsons are back

Doug and Lyn Doodson have recently returned to Queensland after several years as People in Mission volunteers in Salamo, Milne Bay, PNG.  People in Mission is a program of Uniting International Mission, the Uniting Church in Australia’s work which shares in the life and mission of Partner Churches particularly in Asia and the Pacific. While glad to be back in ...

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Enid Vivia Lloyd-Anthony obituary

Enid Vivia Lloyd-Anthony 24 December 1907 – 29 March 2007 "Thank you for coming." These were the words that Auntie Viv always said when I was leaving she would add "Do come again," but on Tuesday she didn’t add them – she said "I love you" and then "Goodbye". So, she seemed to know that the end was near. In ...

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Walk for faith – an ecumenical island event

Members of Christian Churches on Bribie Island (Uniting, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Assembly of God and Christian Outreach Centre together with the Victory Church from nearby Ningi) along with friends and visitors joined together in a Walk of Faith on Good Friday morning. The event was organised by the Bribie Island Uniting Church. Bribie Island Church Council Secretary Maureen ...

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The Mary Valley remembers at Easter

REV IAIN Watt is minister in the Mary Valley area which has been threatened by the proposed construction of the Traveston Crossing Dam. Almost 12 months from the day when Premier Beattie announced almost a thousand homes will have to be resumed Mr Watt sees hope in the Easter story. “How do we pass this anniversary appropriately? We will survive ...

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Rural ministry musters courage

THE ANNUAL Rural Muster will take place from 27-29 April at the Jondaryan Woolshed. Hosted by Oakey and District Uniting Church, the muster will place particular focus on assisting Lay ministry teams. Coordinator Julie Savage said the church has taken up the challenge of working to support Lay people in rural communities. “The main aim of the 2007 Rural Muster ...

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John Mavor finally retires

REV JOHN Mavor is finally retiring at 73 years of age after a lifetime of service to the Uniting Church in Australia. Mr Mavor will wind up his role as project officer for the Pacific with Uniting International Mission in April to travel with his wife Rae. Mr Mavor’s multi-faceted career has taken numerous twists and turns. He has worked ...

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Living Waters puts it in a tank

IN A BOLD ecological move that sounds like a bad pun Living Waters Uniting Church congregation in Brisbane’s outer south-western suburbs has installed a 200,000 litre rainwater tank on their church property. Church Council Chairperson Mr Mike Kolln said the tank will help alleviate Brisbane’s water crisis by using rainwater in the toilets of their short term emergency accommodation building, ...

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President’s Easter message

Two long-sworn enemies sat down together last week and promised to work together. To see Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams sitting just a metre apart, and agreeing they could together form a joint government in Northern Ireland, was to witness a near-miracle. It’s nine years since the Good Friday agreement was signed by the warring parties of Northern Ireland and ...

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