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Pentecostals win hands down in community engagement study

Pentecostal churches were the greatest contributors to social capital in the Ipswich region, according new research completed by University of Queensland academic Dr John Harrison. “Social capital is a short hand way of describing the level of community engagement a congregation has”, Dr Harrison told Journey. “Those churches which create strong and inclusive social networks which generate friendships based on ...

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Calling for an end to violence against women

Uniting Church President Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton has urged Australians to wear a white ribbon this Friday in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). “Domestic and sexual violence devastates the lives of women in Australia and in countries around the world. White Ribbon Day provides a unique opportunity for all of us to ...

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EDUCANG welcomes new CEO

EDUCANG Ltd, a partnership in education of the Uniting and Anglican Churches, has welcomed new Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Bain. A special commissioning service of Mrs Bain to her ministry as CEO of the EDUCANG schools was held in the Living Faith Chapel at the Alpine Place Campus of Forest Lake College earlier this week. During the service, Mrs Bain ...

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Mareeba resident celebrates with the church in Bali

Leslene Woodward from Mareeba Uniting Church is in Bali under the ‘Partners in Mission’ plan teaching English as a second language and sent the following report of the 74th Anniversary Celebrations of the Christian Protestant church in Bali. The Protestant Church in Bali dates itself from 1931, when the first baptism took place. But holding the major celebration in Blimbingsari ...

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Queensland Moderator calls for less reliance on gambling revenue

The following statement has been released by the Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman in response to the State Government announcement of a planned extension of Gaming Machine operating authorities The following comment was included in the Queensland Special Fiscal and Economic Statement delivered to Parliament by the Premier and Treasurer (Hon P Beattie) last ...

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Veteran Christian broadcaster celebrates 500th episode”

Best selling author, social commentator and Senior Australian of the Year for Tasmania Mal Garvin, celebrates his 500th episode of his popular national Sunday evening radio show "The Conversation of the Nation.". Mal’s award winning and record breaking syndicated segment "The Breakthru Generation" has won him a loyal audience over 35 years and many of whom are now discovering him, ...

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Dr Gordon Moyes is epitome of effective Christian leadership says PM

Australian Prime Minister John Howard described the Rev the Hon Dr Gordon Moyes as “the epitome of effective Christian leadership” at a farewell dinner held in honour of the Wesley Mission Superintendent in Sydney last night. Mr Howard thanked Dr Moyes for “27 years of faithful achieving and dedicated service to the people of Australia and most particularly to the ...

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Attention Filmmakers

In conjunction with Stable on the Strand, Townsville’s city-wide Christmas festival, the SOS Film Competition seeks to give people the opportunity to communicate the Christian message of the Bible through a modern, entertaining medium, as well as demonstrate the relevance and role of the Bible in an increasingly technical society. Filmmakers can enter their films into the SOS Film Competition, ...

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UCA President claims that unfair dismissal laws are

The Uniting Church argued yesterday for changes in the government’s proposed workplace reforms to make them fairer. The Uniting Church President Rev Dr Dean Drayton presented evidence to the Senate’s inquiry into proposed workplace relations laws. Dr Drayton said many unemployed people may continue to fall through the cracks under the new system. "It is true that unemployment is at ...

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Respond to terror by celebrating, not rejecting

Senior representatives of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry today urged Australians to show how decent, caring and fair-minded we really are in the wake of the arrests of alleged terrorist conspirators in Melbourne and Sydney this week. Meeting in Melbourne for the November session of the UCA/ECAJ dialogue, the call followed a frank ...

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