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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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Journey wins international awards

(Front row, L-R) Ashley Thompson, Mardi Lumsden and Rohan Salmond with other Uniting Church communications people at the Australasian Religious Press Association awards evening. Photo by Belinda Taylor.

Representing the Uniting Church in Queensland, Journey magazine won four prizes at the 2014 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards in Canberra over the weekend. Judges loved the redesign Journey underwent in 2013, awarding gold for best cover (April 2013) and most improved hard copy publication and silver for overall best design. Special congratulations also go to Ashley Thompson for ...

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Church calls for Queensland Container Deposit Legislation

Containers become landfill

A container deposit scheme involves a consumer paying a deposit on a beverage container at the time of purchase and later redeeming the deposit from a beverage container collector (possibly a retailer or the operator of a collection depot) by surrendering the empty beverage container. The history Container deposit legislation (CDL) is in place in South Australia and the Northern ...

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Proposed legislation poses risk to Queensland farmers

Keep out sign

Strong concerns have been expressed about some of the provisions in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 put to state parliament by Hon Andrew Cripps Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on 5 June. The Bill proposes to replace five existing pieces of legislation (which govern the energy and resources sector) with a single, common resource Act ...

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Volunteers share the chaplaincy load

Queensland Synod chaplaincy educator Lynne Gibson works with Cert IV Pastoral Care students online and in the classroom

May is the month of Chaplaincy Sunday and National Volunteer Week. Ashley Goetze speaks with two Uniting Church volunteer chaplains about their sector’s needs. Health care, aged care, education, police and emergency services, defence, tourism, human services and sport and recreation are the seven formal sectors of chaplaincy found within the Uniting Church. Need and calling draw out volunteer chaplains ...

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Coal seam gas: It’s a fracking worry

Leichhardt Patrol minister Rev Graham Slaughter.

As coal seam gas mining spreads across rural Queensland, landholders are feeling the stress.  Bruce Mullan reports. A third generation farmer from the Darling Downs looks across the land his grandfather cleared of brigalow scrub in 1908 to see his precious intensive grazing acres cut by roads, pipelines, open trenches and coal seam gas (GSG) mining development. The Chinchilla farmer, ...

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Uniting Church condemns South Sudan violence

photo by Retlaw Snellac on Flickr

The Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia strongly condemns the recent violence in South Sudan. Children were among the dozens of internally displaced persons attacked by gunmen on 17 April while sheltering at a UN site in the central South Sudanese town of Bor, capital of strife-torn Jonglei state. In recent months thousands of people are believed to ...

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Downs Presbytery calls for moratorium on CSG exploration

Coal seam gas processing facility Rosalind Park, NSW.

The Downs Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia has called for a moratorium of six months on further issue of any Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration permits and production licences. The Presbytery which covers the Darling Downs and South West Queensland region wants the moratorium so governments, communities, scientists, environmentalists, and the CSG industry can take stock of the ...

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Uniting Church Congregation condemns Galilee Basin proposal

Rev Dr David Ferguson

In a letter to the Queensland Premier the Clermont Congregation of the Uniting Church has condemned the proposal to establish the “Galilee Basin State Development Area”. This act of regulation would essentially set the area apart for the specific purpose of transporting coal from the proposed Galilee Basin mines to the coast with all other land uses allowed only if ...

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