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Townsville Central lifts lid on fundraising

TOWNSVILLE CENTRAL City Mission is putting the fun back into fundraising and helping brighten the life of a very special young woman by taking part in Pauls recently re-launched Collect-A-Cap program. The Townsville church was recently alerted to the story of a young amputee from Papua New Guinea (PNG) named Jenny. Jenny, who lives in a remote mountainous area of ...

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Stepping stones to reconciliation

TEAR AND Scripture Union have joined forces to create the Disciples Without Borders camp to be held from 12 to 16 December on Stradbroke Island. Social justice advocates and camp directors, Lauren Ash and Christel Palmer, said the camp is about meeting Indigenous people, hearing their stories and learning about issues in the community that relate to them. This is ...

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Art celebrates belonging

THIRTEEN ARTWORKS by young people aged between five and 17 years old have been chosen to feature in the 2012 Synod calendar. Throughout 2012, the calendar aims to encourage the whole of the Uniting Church in Queensland to reflect on what it means to belong as part of the Together on the way, enriching community panel of expert judges was ...

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Expo inspires community connections

ON SATURDAY 27 August Indooroopilly Uniting Church hosted the second Bremer Brisbane Presbytery Ministry Expo, a capability-building initiative. With a common theme of developing community connections, there were around 27 displays and stalls from congregations in the Presbytery as well as the Synod and the Assembly alongside those from ecumenical and para-church organisations and agencies, such as World Vision. Speakers ...

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Young adults stretch their faith

UNITING CHURCH young adults aged 18 to 30, grappled with life’s big questions during a weekend of exploring faith, life and theology for young adults in September. The camp, entitled Consume: Sex, Money, Power … God?, was held in Maleny on 9-11 September. Organised through Trinity Theological College, it is a Moderator’s Initiative. Part of the ongoing Stretching Faith events, ...

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Enriching community together

AS THE Together on the way, enriching community journey continues Church members from all over Queensland are reflecting on the future of the Church in their own context. In the light of the Church’s 2020 Call and Vision, five areas of priority for the next two years have been identified. Priority Direction E looks at “Engaging in opportunities for intentional, ...

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Women unite in paradise

IN AUGUST, 14 people from St Andrew’s Uniting Church on Thursday Island visited Saibai Island, in the Top Western Group of islands in the Torres Strait, for a religious program organised by Lima Uku, the wife of Pastor Lindsey Uku of Sigabarduru United Church in Papua New Guinea. After much preparation and paperwork, including writing to the Chairman of Saibai ...

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Facing up to reconciliation

FOR THE past twenty-seven years the Uniting Church’s National Assembly has strengthened relationships with Indigenous people through reconciliation and discipleship. Faith development consultant for AboutFACE (Faith and Culture Exchange) and national Uniting Church faith development consultant, Rev Tom Kerr, said the program aims to broaden participants’ worldview in an Indigenous community. “The lens I see AboutFACE through is discipleship and ...

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Catalyst for change

THE TRINITY Theological College Library at the Synod office in Auchenflower, Brisbane, is now open to all members of the Uniting Church in Queensland. Not only has the physical space changed but the library now has an affi iation with the Australian Catholic University, free membership to Uniting Church members and more readily available electronic resources. Librarian, Alethea Hubley, said ...

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Pushing the peloton to worship

UNITING CHURCH members across Australia have been invited to leave their cars at home and cycle to church during the second annual Ride to Worship Week, October 7-13. The event, an initiative of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), encourages people of all faiths to help tackle climate change through a fun, healthy community activity. Sydney Uniting Church ...

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