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Synod Standing Committee Update – April 2021

Here’s a brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting—held on Thursday 1 April 2021—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held virtually.  Fit for Purpose The meeting included a workshop around “fit for purpose”, a key mission priority identified during the Plenty strategic process. Members ...

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Synod Standing Committee – March 2021

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting—held on Thursday 4 March 2021—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held in person in Toowong. 16th Assembly The Synod Standing Committee wishes to congratulate the below who have been successfully appointed as either lay ...

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Synod Standing Committee – February 2021

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting—held on Thursday 4 February 2021—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held in person at Grace College. 16th Assembly The Synod Standing Committee endorsed the nomination of both lay and ordained members of the Uniting ...

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Vale Rev Don Whebell

Rev Duncan Harrison—the third Moderator and second General Secretary of the Queensland Synod and a colleague of Don’s for more than 50 years—and Rev Bruce Johnson—retired Uniting Church Minister and Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland between 2008 and 2011—write this tribute to Rev Don Whebell who passed away on Friday 11 December 2020. Following service in the RAAF,  ...

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Synod Standing Committee – December 2020

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting—held on Thursday 3 December 2020—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held in person at UnitingCare Queensland’s office in the Brisbane CBD. Project Plenty The SSC received an update from Project Plenty after Shared Life. ...

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New chaplaincy framework will improve consistency and quality of spiritual care within Queensland Hospitals

James O’Callaghan looks at a new chaplaincy framework to be implemented within Queensland Health facilities which will open new doors for chaplains.  Our chaplains within Queensland Health facilities are in many respects the first and last spiritual care points of contact that many may have. And so, with the current framework for Integration of Pastoral Careers and Chaplains in Queensland ...

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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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