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Living out the call in a changing world

General Secretary of the Queensland Synod Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the recently released Mission Impact Report and the challenges and opportunities facing the Synod office and the wider church. Our church is a broad and complex organisation seeking to live out its call in a time of change. The Mission Impact Report, released in October, highlights the work ...

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Project Plenty – Hundreds of Voices Heard

Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the listening phase of the Project Plenty discernment process. Over the past six months, more than 600 people from across the life of the church have attended consultation and engagement sessions throughout Queensland. We have heard that people care deeply about the Uniting Church and want to see it prosper into the future. That ...

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Walking together on country

As part of the Queensland Synod’s ongoing commitment towards genuine reconciliation and its recently launched Covenant Action Plan (CAP), various Second Peoples from Queensland’s southeast visited Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) for a walk on country. Queensland Synod CAP Project Officer Erin Mawhinney reports. On the Queen’s birthday holiday in early October, 17 people from the Uniting Church, the Uniting Aboriginal ...

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New faces in ministry

A passion for learning and a heart for listening Cindy Howie was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is currently on leave from her teaching appointment and is studying at Trinity College Queensland. I was in Year 7 when we moved to Brisbane from Africa. The highlight was to be reunited with my beloved grandmother. Nearly every time I go past ...

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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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