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Hope through learning for a lost generation

The war is over and the children of Liberia are going back to school.  After 14 years of conflict, teachers and pupils in the poor West African nation face considerable challenges in getting education back on track. Educational programs developed by Mercy Ships are being used in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Education, during the current assignment by volunteer ...

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Queensland Moderator’s Christmas Message

Dear Friends in Christ, We come to celebrate once more the timeless message of Christmas. Sadly, yet again, we are conscious of the conflicts and struggles that divide our world and inflict suffering on so many people. Even here in the “lucky country”, in recent days, the ugly face of prejudice and racism has confronted us with the dark side ...

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Top NRL referee takes on Queenslands top SU job

Australia’s number one whistle blower Tim Mander is set to make the transition from a career with the NRL to blowing the whistle on youth issues. Just months after being named the world’s number one referee and with a bible college degree under his belt Tim Mander will take on the role of CEO for one of Australia’s leading Christian ...

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Schools and soldiers are targets of Pacific peace program

Riven by civil strife since the 1987 coup, Fiji’s major divisions are between the Methodist dominated Fijian majority and a Hindu Indian minority.  An ecumenical agency funded by Australian Churches through the Christmas Bowl appeal has been acting as an agent of reconciliation, and running programs for young people and members of the military. Director of the Ecumenical Centre for ...

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UCA-Korean missionary links remembered

The lives of eight Australian missionaries who died while serving in Korea will be forever remembered in a permanent memorial that was recently dedicated at Chang-Shin Christian College in Korea. The eight missionaries were part of a group of more than 120 who have served in Korea from 1889 to the present day with the Presbyterian and the Uniting Church ...

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New trainees out to test their call

Three young adults are commencing a year of service to the church under the Queensland Synod’s traineeship program. Gavin Core has just finished year 12 as school captain at Emerald High School and has been anticipating taking up a traineeship for the last 12 months. Gavin will be working alongside the local high school chaplain as well as Emerald Uniting ...

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Getting hands dirty in the Greenhouse

A small group of young adults from the TEA Party project (Toowong Early Adults) have been road-testing some of the training activities from the Greenhouse project. Greenhouse project coordinator Mark Cornford has appreciated the opportunity to have a “real” group of young adult volunteer to try the Greenhouse process. “Greenhouse is about mission and the Toowong young adults were prepared ...

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Camels, cake and cooperation make Christmas come alive

Uniting Churches across Queensland are building connections with the wider community this Christmas with Christmas tree festivals, carol services and advent workshops. One of the most spectacular is the “Stable on the Strand” project in Townsville.  From humble beginnings in 1999 with a simple nativity scene at Mt Louisa Uniting Church, “Stable on the Strand” has grown to be a ...

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Congregations to link to Assembly theme

In the lead-up to the 11th Assembly of the Uniting Church congregations and faith groups have been invited to reflect on their local mission using a series of short, small group studies prepared by the Assembly President and President-elect. God’s Word, God’s World, Towards the 11th Assembly is designed for reflection around the Assembly theme by small groups or for ...

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Family fun for free

The third annual Toombul District Community Fun Day held on 5 November was the biggest yet with more than 4000 people attending. With games, rides, crafts, face painting, kids carpentry, balloon sculpting, entertainment food and much more it is no surprise the day was a success. The surprise however, was that everything was free. Sponsorship from the Brisbane Airport Corporation ...

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