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People are dying to give their money away

There has been a worldwide increase in gifting via trusts and foundations, but Uniting Church Foundation Development Manager Ken Edwards said people are demanding more value for their charitable and religious gifts. Mr Edwards says the UC Foundation provides excellent value for benefactors because of low overheads and the absence of establishment costs and legal fees. “You don’t have to ...

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Trinity College education opportunities 2006

Trinity Theological College is offering a number of intensives and short courses over January and February 2006. Summer intensive Doctrine and Truth after Modernity, Rev Dr Geoff Thompson, 13-17 February 2006. In this course contemporary theology will be explored to show that doctrinal work is itself a creative and constructive core practice of the church with important pastoral, pedagogical, and ...

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Blue Care gives Morayfield a new home

Morayfield Community Uniting Church has found a new home at the local Blue Care centre. After worshipping at the local Blue Care centre since January 2004, the congregation placed a relocatable building on the site for worship and use as a community centre and officially dedicated it on 23 October. Rev Beryl Nielsen said, “The church is most grateful for ...

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Tips on how to bag your church

Recently I was involved in bagging our church. It was an interesting process that was undertaken without any previous experience so I give this advice to any others who are considering bagging their Church. First, not all churches need bagging. However there are some that have become, for one reason or another, unappealing to those who observe from a distance. ...

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Church calls on government to respect democratic process

The Uniting Church today expressed its disappointment at the Government’s handling of its counter-terrorism, Welfare to Work and workplace relations changes. Uniting Church President Reverend Dr Dean Drayton said the Church was concerned at the haste in which these Bills had been put to Parliament and called on the Federal Government to ensure that the integrity of the democratic process ...

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Moderator condemns capital punishment

Uniting Church Queensland Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman says execution is morally indefensible. "The execution this morning of Van Tuong Nguyen was a cruel and extreme punishment that should be the cause of deep concern to all Australians," Dr Pitman said. "Notwithstanding that Van Nguyen was guilty of a criminal offence; his execution represents a barbaric and totally unwarranted action. ...

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Uniting Church President responds to Santoro’s slam

Queensland Liberal Senator Santo Santoro attacked the Uniting Church for publicly opposing the Howard Government’s industrial relations reforms. Senator Santoro said Uniting Church president Dean Drayton had run "the Labor line" when appearing before a recent Senate committee hearing into the Work Choices Bill, which encourages greater use of contracts and dilutes unfair dismissal laws. His attack was made during ...

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School packs for the Solomons project on air

"Queensland families are just breathing a sigh of relief as children finish school for the year.  For one group it’s already time to start thinking about next year. "Imagine sending your children off to schools without electricity, glass in the windows or even chalk for the teacher to write on the blackboard. That’s life in the Solomon Islands, where hundreds ...

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Telling stories in a digital age

We now live immersed in a post-literate, digital culture. It’s global, interactive and visual and desperately needs to hear the stories of God in its current languages: multi-sensory, pictorial, non-linear, musical and experiential. That’s storytelling. In June 2006 the Network Of Biblical Storytellers (NOBS) will hold The Gathering 2006 , the 6th National Biblical Storytelling weekend at  Port Hacking in ...

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Taize Brother proves to be a light in the darkness

Just weeks after the stabbing death of Taize founder Brother Roger, Taize Brother Ghislain brought the unique form of worship to Australia. Br Ghislain said despite the community being rocked by the death, things were progressing as normally as possible. “Br Roger prepared us for a long time to be able to continue after he had gone. The pain is ...

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