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New leadership for Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress

The 2018 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) National Conference saw participants from across Australia gather to reflect on the theme of healing and celebrate the Congress’ vision for the future. Journey reports. Aboriginal and Islander members in the Uniting Church boosted resources for youth work, mission and evangelism at their triennial national conference held in Geelong over six ...

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Whole-of-church commitment required on safety

Uniting Church members are being called on to do their part to make our church, agencies and schools the safest they can be for children and all people in our care. Journey reports. The Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse handed down its 17 volume report on 15 December 2017, bringing the landmark inquiry to a close after almost five ...

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Beyond the Commonwealth Games with Christ

In April, elite athletes from around the world will descend upon the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. James O’Callaghan looks at some of the activities Beyond Gold Gold Coast (GC) has planned to ensure the legacy of the games lasts beyond the closing ceremony. A partnership between local churches and mission agencies, Beyond Gold GC aims to maximise ...

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Without songs, worship would B–flat

The music flowed at Indooroopilly Uniting Church over the Australia Day long weekend with the 2018 Songwrite conference hitting all the right notes for creativity, collaboration and encouragement. David Busch reports.  Sponsored by the National Assembly’s Working Group on Worship, the Songwrite conference is now in its third iteration and this year saw 25 composers from four states attend. Indooroopilly ...

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Interim Redress Scheme to right the wrongs

Following early recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Queensland Synod developed and implemented its Interim Redress Scheme. During the first six months of this scheme, the survivors have been reporting positive outcomes, Journey reports. Designed to be a genuine alternative for survivors not seeking common law damages, the Queensland Synod’s Interim Redress Scheme ...

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Moderator’s pastoral statement on Cyclone Debbie

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Queensland and New South Wales as they face the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Nature has a way of reminding us that we are not at the centre of things and that the environments we physically construct can’t necessarily withstand with nature. Yet today, tomorrow and the next day, the wider Australian ...

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Apology and child safety pledge as scale of Uniting Church abuse revealed

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart SC at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Photo: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Uniting Church leaders appearing before the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse have pledged to survivors to make the church the safest place it can be for children. Journey reports. President Stuart McMillan assured the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney on 10 March that the Uniting Church would continue to apply the lessons learned from the Commission’s work. “As church ...

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NCYC 2017: Uniting cultures with passion

Young delegates enjoy a live musical performance at Yurora 2017. Photo: Josh Wyatt

This year’s Yurora National Christian Youth Convention saw hundreds of young people travel to Stanwell Tops, NSW for a week of worship, workshops and more. Ben Tupou reports. A triennial event held by the Uniting Church, the youth convention hosted delegates aged 16 to 25 from around Australia and at least six different countries worldwide. Yurora 2017’s purpose was to ...

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Filling the Christmas bowl with generosity

Christmas Bowl appeal

For over 67 years, the Christmas Bowl has been a way for compassionate Christians to express the love of Christ to those in great need around the globe, with this year’s appeal focused on drought-stricken Zimbabwean farmers. Jess Xavier reports. Giving is such an important part of Christian living and last year generous Uniting Church members in Queensland raised over ...

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Ready, set, jump!

(Left to right) Paul Simpson from Pittwater Uniting Church, New South Wales, and Mike Wardrop, intergenerational discipleship developer, South Australian Synod. Photo by Dianne Jensen.

It will take a leap of faith for our churches to grow. That’s the message from the inaugural Uniting Leaders conference held at the end of August at Newlife Uniting Church, Robina. Dianne Jensen reports. Lay and ordained leaders across the generations were encouraged to step up and out into new models of leadership at the three-day Uniting Leaders conference ...

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