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The Uniting Church gives Brisbane extra

The Uniting Church will feature on the Channel 9 program Brisbane Extra this evening (Tuesday 25 October), when they look at blessing the home. Ashgrove Ave (The Grove) Uniting Church and Kennedy Tce Uniting Church minister Rev Yvonne McRostie features on the program, which is to be screened at 5.30pm. Ms McRostie uses a home blessing from the new Uniting ...

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It may not look much like church

The Synod Leadership Team is moving swiftly to implement the Vision for Mission endorsed in September by the 25th Synod, and has called for expressions of interest for a Vision for Mission Facilitation Team and a Vision for Mission Advocate. Synod Secretary Rev Jenny Tymms said the Vision for Mission Facilitation Team will be a small group of creative, innovative, ...

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Anti-terror laws put Australia on a dangerous path

The Federal Government’s anti-terror legislation puts Australia on a dangerous path according to the Uniting Church President, the Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton. “While every Government has a responsibility to protect its citizens, these new laws send a clear message that the only way to do this is to erode people’s rights. They have the potential to create an atmosphere of ...

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Uniting Church review of ministry calls for feedback

At this crucial time in the life of Australia’s churches and one of the key questions to be answered is how to use ministerial resources to help the Uniting Church best carry out its Mission. Next year, members of the 11th Assembly will be asked to consider making significant changes to how the church orders its work through the specified ministries ...

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Council of Churches says Nauru aslyum seeker decision is a welcome step

The National Council of Churches (NCCA) welcomes the decision by the Immigration Minister, Senator Vanstone, to bring the vast majority of asylum seekers detained on Nauru for the past four years to Australia. “The decision shows the Minister’s flexibility and compassion for these people who suffer serious mental health problems due to long-term detention in the Pacific island processing camp. ...

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Uniting Church gave $2.4million for Tsunami relief

The Uniting Church, through our overseas development and emergency relief organisation, Uniting Church Overseas Aid, has received $A.2,413,000 in donations to assist tsunami affected areas. These funds are being distributed as follows: Sri Lanka: $A.115,000 was provided during the fi rst six months of 2006 to provide emergency relief through our partner, the Church of South India Diocese of Jaffna. ...

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Uniting HealthCare Hospital Recognised as Australia’s Best

Uniting HealthCare’s St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital received a national award in recognition of their excellence in cardiac outcomes. Benchmarked against the best in the world, St Andrew’s cardiac results earned them an Australian Private Hospital Association Award for excellence. An annual review of cardiac services has shown St Andrew’s to have a cardiac surgery mortality rate of 1.51%, indicating ...

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Earthquake – President’s prayer

O God, we pray for those in the Islamabad region who are still trapped beneath shattered buildings, those desperately searching for relatives or friends, those in grief for those they have lost, the hundreds of thousands suffering deprivation as they look on in shock at what the quaking earth has done to their homes and community. We pray for those ...

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Christian “blokes” away for the weekend

A Central Queensland group of about 15 "blokes" meet over an October weekend to drink coke, play cards and eat baked beans in good ol’ fashioned harmless christian fellowship.  Rev Andrew (Gunto) Gunton lead the group in discussions about the changing role of the christian Aussie bloke.  Meeting at a beach house in Zilzie (near Yeppoon) the blokes had a great ...

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Quick Aussie response to earthquake crisis

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Christian World Service (CWS) has launched an Emergency Appeal for Pakistan/Afghanistan Earthquake Victims. Click on the link to give online. NCCA CWS is coordinating the appeal with Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, its ecumenical partner for emergency responses. ACT member, Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, is monitoring the situation there through its offices ...

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