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Renewing RE teachers

The Renew Conference, 10 October, focusing on how religious education nourishes our community will be hosted by Clairvoux MacKillop College in Mt Gravatt. The conference is for RE teachers, chaplains, children’s ministry and workers with keynote speaker Professor Brian Hill. Other workshop leaders include: Carole Danby (Ministry Education officer) and Wina Wintour (Youth and Children’s Ministry Team) both from the ...

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Church colleges prove more than just motels

With a combined 300 year heritage Brisbane university colleges associated with the Uniting Church in Australia are caring for over 1000 students each year in a supportive Christian environment. Principal of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland Dr Stewart Gill said that the colleges are providing more than just beds for students to sleep on. “We are offering pastorally ...

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Beenleigh party helps renovate Rarongo

Beenleigh Working Party member Mrs Rhonda Middleton believed that even they arrived, there was the sense that they were involved with something greater than renovation of some buildings at Rarongo Theological College. The group continued working on the two buildings that a work party from Pittsworth had began. This involved walls, floors, roofs plumbing and electrical work, then the painting ...

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Presbytery caring for its own

Inspired by intense feeling at the March presbytery meeting, many North Queenslanders have responded to the needs of Australia’s northern most congregation on Thursday Island. The most eastern congregation, Magnetic Island, donated over $1000 towards materials. Bruce and Rosemary Chamberlain (members of the Bowen Congregation) volunteered to help paint the church. The presbytery provided airfares. More volunteers will follow to ...

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Blue nurse tops community

Queensland Blue Care clinical nurse consultant Kay Josephs has won the inaugural Australian Council of Community Nursing Services Community Nurse of the Year award. Ms Josephs won the award for her outstanding work in the continence field. “Because talking about incontinence is such a ‘taboo’ topic, many Australians needlessly suffer in silence from this problem,” she said. “I see being ...

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Anglicans invest in Uranium, Uniting Church says “NO”!

Bloomberg.com reports that Glebe Asset Management, the Anglican Church’s investment fund has decided to remove its ban on buying uranium mining shares. Director David Andrews said that they had accepting uranium partly because of concern that the increasing use of oil and coal is contributing to pollution and global warming. Peter Thompson, marketing consultant for UCA Funds Management, said that ...

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2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards

Hinduism , Buddhism , Judaism , Christianity and Islam are compared, in the winning title for the Australian Christian Book Awards. “A spectator’s guide to world religions: an introduction to the big five” by John Dickson (Blue Bottle Books) is the 2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year. Presenting a clear, accessible, and unbiased presentation of the major faiths, the ...

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Rev Dr Ian Gillman obituary

Another founding father of the Uniting Church died on 3 July. Rev Dr Ian Gillman, aged 78, was an eminent scholar, author, teacher, preacher and liturgist. Well known for his wicked sense of humour, Dr Gillman came to Brisbane in 1962 to the Presbyterian Church’s Emmanuel College Theological Hall, having accepted the position of Professor of Theology and Lecturer in ...

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96five Cancels Mega Rush 2005 at Dreamworld

For the past three years, 96five has organized the annual Mega Rush at Dreamworld, an end –of year youth event providing young people with a safe and positive event. 96five have decided not to proceed with Mega Rush, due to Dreamworld’s association with the Big Brother program. As a station committed to family values, any association with this year’s Big ...

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Micah takes on Live8

Over one thousand people attended the live broadcast of the Live8 concert at the Southbank Piazza in Brisbane to celebrate White Armband Day on July 2. Organised by the Queensland working group of the Micah Challenge and Oxfam, the event drew people, young and not so young, to make a stand against poverty. Queensland Synod Social Responsibility Advocate Ms Heather ...

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