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Obituary for Rev Dr Noel William Preston, AM

Prominent social justice advocate, ethicist, academic, commentator and Uniting Church minister, Rev. Dr Noel Preston, died early on Thursday, October 22, after a long illness. He was 78. David Busch writes.  Noel William Preston was born on 15 December 1941 in Mareeba, North Queensland, the first of four children to Methodist minister, Rev Arthur Preston, and his wife, Clare (nee Green). Arthur ...

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Project Plenty and General Secretary reappointment highlights as 35th Synod comes to a close

James O’Callaghan reports on the third and final day of the 35th Synod in Session. The third day of the 35th Synod in Session commenced with Bible study and worship led by leaders from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. Stories were shared around Ephesians 4:15-16 and the theme of the 35th Synod “grow”. Among those who offered reflections ...

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Day one of the 35th Synod in Session ventures into uncharted territory

James O’Callaghan reports on the first day of the 35th Synod in Session. The 35th Synod in Session of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod commenced on 23 October 2020. The session was opened by Rev Andrew Gunton—who was inducted as Moderator of the Queensland Synod on 22 October 2020—before Gaja Kerry, Traditional Owner, Jaggera/Turrubal Lands performed a Welcome ...

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Rev Andrew Gunton inducted as new Queensland Synod Moderator

James O’Callaghan reports on the induction of Rev Andrew Gunton as new Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. On the evening of 22 October 2020, Rev Andrew Gunton was inducted as Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. A COVID-19 safe service was held at the Rollie Busch Chapel in the Queensland Synod office to ...

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Moderator’s contribution to the Queensland Synod acknowledged in COVID-19 safe Service of Worship

As the term of Moderator Rev David Baker nears conclusion, a Service of Worship was held to mark the occasion with a distinctly COVID-19 safe approach to proceedings. James O’Callaghan reports. A closing Service of Worship for any moderator is a significant event in the life of the church. But in the COVID-19 safe era of physical distancing, gathering limitations, ...

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The Uniting Church provides hope to Freestone community

The Freestone Uniting Church completed a remarkable turnaround earlier this year, with a rededication ceremony held to celebrate 155 years of service. James O’Callaghan reports. The small church in the Southern Downs district of Queensland was filled for their February service, a stark contrast to 2014 when it was earmarked for closure after its 150th anniversary celebrations. Rev Ansie Liebenberg—Warwick ...

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St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital nurse takes COVID-19 pandemic in her stride

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the health landscape, and roles like Infection Control Coordinator at St Andrew’s held by Lyn Cribb have been thrust into the spotlight. Journey reports.  Training, upskilling and process clarification have become a daily focus for Lyn, a nurse whose career spans 31 years working across surgical, endoscopy, theatre, oncology, Risk and Quality and infection control. Prior ...

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Remembering Rev Des Williams

Rev Des Williams (1934–2020) will be remembered for a faithful life of service to the church, including some 46 years of ministry. With service as a minister to various congregations as well as the padre of the Burke and Wills Patrol, Des’ ministry took him across the state including Noosa, Bundaberg, Mackay and Bundamba.  Born in Rockhampton, Des’ working life was dominated by work ...

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Local school students use technology to keep aged care residents connected

When COVID-19 put a stop to Bray Park High School students visiting the residents at Wesley Mission Queensland’s aged care community Anam Cara, the students and residents quickly came up with a solution. Journey reports.  The students this week started weekly Zoom calls with the residents, to help combat loneliness and isolation at a time when the residents are unable to have ...

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