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Ian Hayes heads for new ground

MR IAN Hayes, who has led the Queensland Synod’s investment strategy since 1993 as General Manager of the Uniting Church Investment Service (U.C.I.S.), will step back from the role next month to take up private consultancy work in the not-for-profit sector. Looking back over his 14 years of service Mr Hayes said, “Our U.C.I.S. strategic focus has allowed us to ...

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Bruce Binnie calls it a day

AFTER SERVING the Queensland Synod for 16 years Director of the Department for Financial and Property Services Mr Bruce Binnie said he is retiring. According to Mr Binnie he is all set to “join the grey nomad set for long service leave and then see what God calls after that”. Mr Binnie commenced work in the Synod office in 1991 ...

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Indigenous fellowship feeds mind and stomach

DEVELOPED OVER the past few years by volunteer fellowship members, the Eternal Life Fellowship’s after school drop-in centre is quickly developing into an after school homework program. Eternal Life Fellowship’s vision is to respond to the material, social and spiritual needs of the people in the Gordonvale community by providing a place of hospitality for Indigenous families and whoever drops ...

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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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