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Celebrating the call to specified ministry

Rev Suzie Castle and Rev Andrew Gunton at the celebration of ministry at 31st Synod

Members of the 31st Queensland Synod celebrated the men and women in specified ministries and have retired, graduated or passed away since the last Synod meeting in May 2014. Synod General Secretary Rev John Cox read Isaiah 40:3-11 and Trinity College Queensland Principal Dr Aaron Ghiloni read Matthew 25:1-13 to begin the celebration of people committing their lives to the ...

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Hearts on fire at Assembly

Assembly General Secretary Rev Terence Corkin at the 31st Synod

Uniting Church Assembly General Secretary Rev Terence Corkin presented members of the 31st Synod with the Assembly report on Monday 13 October. Terence reminded the Synod of the date of the next Assembly meeting, 12–18 July 2015, and the theme Hearts on fire. The deadline for submissions for the next Assembly on the discussion on marriage has now passed and ...

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UnitingCare takes up the challenge for growth

UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross at the 1st Synod in Session.

Community services provider UnitingCare Queensland is on track to meet the challenges thrown up in an era of unprecedented change. CEO Anne Cross told the 31st Synod meeting at Alexandra Park that the organisation must continue to adapt in order to respond to the pace and extent of reforms to health, aged and community care, disability, child protection and community ...

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Five minutes with the moderator

Rev David Baker wears a sombrero to promote Trinity College Queensland's new OLE learning system at the 31st Synod in Session.

Ashley Thompson asks newly inducted Moderator Rev David Baker some light and personal questions. Ashley: What is your passion? David: My passion? Well I really love trifle. You know, because you’re eating fruit which is healthy. So yeah one of my passions is trifle. Probably another one is curries. I love making curries. A: Spicy ones? D: Yeah, yeah, yeah ...

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Past moderator reflects on joys and challenges

Rev Kaye Ronalds at the 31st Synod in Session

Immediate past moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds addressed the 31st Synod on 11 October to reflect on her three-year term. When Kaye began as moderator she asked the question: “Are we there yet?” On reflection she could now ask: will we ever be “there”? Kaye spoke of the privilege of representing the Uniting Church at a huge variety of events, both ...

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Gary Doyle announced as new General Secretary

New Queensland General Secretary Gary Doyle addresses the 31st Queensland Synod

Members of the 31st Synod have called Gary Doyle as the next General Secretary of the Queensland Synod. Gary is currently principal of The John Flynn College, a residential college associated with the Uniting and Lutheran churches at James Cook University in Townsville. Also a member of Aitkenvale Uniting Church, Gary believes God has prepared him for the role of ...

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General Secretary calls for focus in time of great change

General Secretary Rev John Cox presents the General Secretary's report at the 31st Queensland Synod in Session

Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev John Cox has presented his report to the 31st Synod in Session. “It’s a privilege to stand here and share the work of the Synod office in the General Secretary’s report.” John said the report is a snapshot and highlights a few issues the church is facing in the future. A recent review of the ...

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New Queensland Moderator resolves to keep the charge

Rev David Baker presides over communion after being inducted as Moderator at the opening of the 31st Synod in Session.

The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod has a new moderator after Rev David Baker was inducted at the opening service of the 31st Synod held at Unity College in Caloundra, beginning his term with the theme A charge to keep. In front of hundreds of people from across the life of the Uniting Church, the scarf of responsibility was ...

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Queensland’s leading lady passes the baton

Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds at the 30th Synod meeting. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Rev Kaye Ronalds will finish her three-year term as Moderator at this month’s 31st Queensland Synod meeting. Mardi Lumsden explores what others appreciated about Kaye’s time in the role. Kaye’s term as Moderator can be characterised by a comment she made at her induction service: “We need to become better at working together and remembering that there are many kinds ...

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Christians protest “state sanctioned child abuse”

Christian protesters decline to leave the Hon Peter Dutton's office. Photo by Love Makes a Way.

An ecumenical group which held a peaceful prayer vigil in federal Health Minister Peter Dutton’s office in September was removed by police. Journey reports. Eleven priests, nuns, ministers and Christian lay leaders were removed by police from the Strathpine office of federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton on 9 September. The ecumenical group was holding a peaceful prayer vigil ...

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