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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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Sign of the Times September

This month’s pick for ‘Sign of the Times’ is Windsor Uniting Church which is clearly pitching for family outreach. To enter your ‘Sign of the Times” send your picture to journey@uccentre.ucaqld.com.au

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Congregations invited to a partnership this Christmas

Gifts of time and love are the best Christmas presents is the theme of a bold new mission strategy for Christmas 2005. The Communication Services Unit will be partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Christmas outreach in their local community.  Synod Mission Consultant Rev Dr Graham Beattie says Christmas is an ideal opportunity to invite people to ...

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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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YACMU staff grow skilled youth leaders

The South East Queensland Youth leader Training Weekend has scratched an itch for practical hands on training in youth ministry for forty youth leaders gathered from around the south east corner. Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit Director, Michael Jeffrey, was really encouraged by the level of the commitment of the leaders to their training. "There was a real buzz around ...

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Costly in the eyes of the Lord

On Tuesday 16th August, after the tragic death of Brother Roger, founder of the Taize community, a prayer was celebrated at midnight in the Church of Reconciliation, a prayer of songs, Bible readings and silence. During this prayer, Brother François, one of the eldest of the brothers of the community, spoke briefly. In the Bible, we find these words: “Costly ...

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