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Sun Shines on UCAF Celebration

The Uniting Church Adult Fellowship national celebration will be held in Caloundra from 19-23 September, 2007. The theme, ‘Let the Son shine through’, reflects the Queensland experience. Keynote speaker and Bible study leader will be Theologian and author Dr Val Webb who is also an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College, Minnesota, USA; Whitley College Melbourne and United Theological College ...

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The ministry of an amazing mother

Imagine, as a family, having to feed 700 people at one sitting. It happened recently in the family of Moggill minister, Rev Deva Sugirtharaj. But when the story is told, the occasion is understandable. Because the event was about the death of an extraordinary servant of Christ in India, Deva’s mother, Sarojini. Deva was unable to make it for the ...

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Fifty faithful years

Four Uniting Church ministers this month celebrate 50 years since their ordination. Six ministers were ordained together at Albert St Methodist Church in March 1957. The four surviving ministers Rev Doug Mitchell, Rev Paul Trigge, Rev Graham Ross, and Rev Colin Baxter will celebrate with their wives and the wife of Rev Reg Hirche at Albert St Uniting Church in Brisbane ...

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Vale Margaret Frances Cayzer

14 July 1926 – 20 December 2006 Margaret was born in Brisbane and with her family traveled around Queensland with her Father’s Public Service work. While her family were part of the Presbyterian Church, through her host family in her college days (Teacher training at Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College) Margaret connected with her local Eagle Junction Congregational Church. After various ...

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Vale Samiuela Toa Finau

11 September 1934 – 5 January 2007 Samiuela Toa Finau was born on 11 September, 1934 at Hihifo, Ha’apai. He grew up there with his parents, ‘Elina and Kisina Finau, and attended Primary School in Ha’apai and then attended Tonga College from 1948 to 1953. In 1961 he studied at the Sia’atoutai Theological College and from 1962 to 1963 he ...

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Vale Elizabeth Craigie McChesney-Clark (Nee Williams)

Born 21.11.1918  Died 26.11.2006 Elizabeth Craigie McChesney-Clark was born in Swinton, Scotland, the eldest child of clergyman Benjamin Scott Williams and Helen Wallace Craigie Aitchison. After spending her school days in Leeds, Elizabeth won a scholarship to attend Cambridge University. She graduated with a Master of Arts in 1940 and completed her Cambridge Teacher’s Certificate at Selly Oak College, Birmingham ...

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Mental health brings churches together

You may never see them, but they are there, people living by themselves, depressed, anxious or confused – people battling a mental illness. A group called Group 61 has formed on Brisbane’s north-side as a multi-denominational response to mental health issues. The group supports 30 people with a team of 40 volunteers, a number of whom come from Chermside-Kedron Community Church, ...

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Synod forms multi-cross cultural committee

A new multi-cross cultural committee has been set up within the Queensland Synod. Chairperson Rev Dr Apichart Branjerdporn thanked Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman for his support in the creation of the committee. “The establishment of the committee brings joy, enlightenment and hope to the culturally and linguistically diverse people and other overseas church ministers or workers coming into our ...

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Vale Rev Rob Saunders

Minister at the Queensland Synod’s most southern congregation Banora Point Rev Robert Eric Saunders died tragically just days before his retirement in November. Born in South Australia in 1943 and brought up in the Methodist Church Rob trained to be a primary school teacher before entering the ministry. He was an effective minister who knew how to grow congregations and ...

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Vale Rev O.J. Dale

The death of Ossie Dale on Sunday, 12 November, brought to an end a vigorous and varied ministry that spanned over fifty years in first of all the Methodist Church and then in the Uniting Church. Ossie worked in the church for two years after completing his schooling at Ipswich Grammar, testing his call before he offered as a candidate ...

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