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Meet our next moderator

Meet Rev Andrew Gunton, who was named moderator-elect at the 34th Queensland Synod and will be inducted as moderator next year at the 35th Synod. Dianne Jensen reports. Moderator-Elect Rev Andrew Gunton is already a familiar face to Uniting Church members in regional and south east Queensland. Since his ordination in 2002 Andrew has served in ministerial placements in Rockhampton ...

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Project Plenty: why the time is right for renewal

Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the importance of the whole-of-church discernment process, Project Plenty. Project Plenty has commenced in earnest as the first consultation sessions are held in presbyteries and church entities across Queensland. These sessions will help us discern how we, as one church, can contribute most effectively to God’s mission in Queensland and ...

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Turning ideas into action

The Have A Go mission coaching pilot is up and running in Queensland Synod, and Director of Mission Engagement Rev Kath Behan is excited by the enthusiasm for new mission from the grassroots of the church. Dianne Jensen reports. “Hi Kath, I’ve got an idea …” Every email to Director of Mission Engagement Rev Kath Behan expressing interest in the ...

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Calvin text finds new home at Trinity College Library

A 365-year-old copy of John Calvin’s Institutes treasured by St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba has a new life at Trinity College Queensland Library. Dianne Jensen reports. A venerable tome from the historic St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba is now available to another generation at Trinity College Library in Brisbane. The 1654 copy of John Calvin’s Institutes, brought by ...

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Covenant Action Plan: a momentous milestone

James O’Callaghan looks at the newly released Covenant Action Plan and what it means for First Peoples across the Queensland Synod. At the 34th Synod in Session in May 2019, the Queensland Synod launched its inaugural Covenant Action Plan (CAP), a momentous milestone in the life of the church and another step towards genuine reconciliation. This was the culmination of ...

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Congregations encouraged to embrace solar

James O’Callaghan reports on a sustainability initiative undertaken by the Queensland Synod office which is seeing great benefits for the environment and the reduction of energy bills. More Queensland congregations are expected to take up solar power following the launch of a Synod solar scheme and the encouraging outcomes from the installation of a 100 kilowatt system at the Queensland ...

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Alex Park at the heart and soul of the church

James O’Callaghan introduces the new face who will lead Alexandra Park Conference Centre through its next chapter. Alexandra Park Conference Centre welcomed new leadership in 2019 with Danny Salzke, a former business manager for a large church facility in Toowoomba, taking the position as manager. Danny has already seen synergies between the two roles with former Toowoomba clients holding camps ...

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34th Synod in Session: Memorial Minutes honour members who have passed away

The celebration of ministries worship service at the 34th Synod at Alexandra Park included Memorial Minutes for Uniting Church members who have passed away since the last Synod in Session. The following list provides a precis of each Memorial Minute. Pauline Ann Denning (1954–2018) was trained as a nurse and worked in aged care before commencing work in the Pastoral ...

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34th Synod in Session: Day four – Creating a legacy for the future

The final day of the 34 Synod at Alexandra Park Conference Centre signalled the wrap-up of business, the presentations of agency reports and closing worship. Journey reports. Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Geoff Batkin and Rev Dr Peter Hobson Superintendent Minister presented the Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) report to Synod. Geoff began by honouring the ministry of former Superintendent Minister Rev Lyn Burden, ...

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34th Synod in Session: Day three – Planning for mission in challenging times

The third day of Synod in Session provided an opportunity to celebrate new and past ministry, to hear about developments in mission and outreach, and to consider significant proposals before Synod. Journey reports. The report of the Schools and Residential Colleges Commission (SRCC) by Chair Peter Campbell highlighted a number of achievements and challenges since the last Synod. Peter drew attention to ...

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