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Queensland Synod News

If the hat fits, wear it

AT Camp Cobbold, people wear different hats. The city kids wear baseball caps, and the country kids wear big old Akubras. Some kids have never played cricket, and some have never mustered cattle using a helicopter. Both groups have travelled a long way to reach this idyllic spot in the Cobbold Gorge, six hours drive from Townsville. The mothers from ...

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State of the Synod

HOW are we, the Uniting Church in Queensland, travelling towards our Vision 2020? This is a good question to ask at just over a year since we gathered for the 29th Synod meeting. THE role of Moderator provides me with an opportunity to visit many places. Some places have enthusiastically embraced the call to be Uniting in Christ, acting with ...

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Drawing on theology

IN THE midst of the secular we are touched by the sacred. My aim in painting is to reflect our human experience of spirit, life and wonder. These experiences do not originate with us: we speak of being overwhelmed, grabbed, or seized by them. Is that not also what religion is at its core? God is in the midst of ...

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Journey shines with creativity

THE Journey team won two awards at the recent Australasian Religious Press Association Awards for Excellence held in Wellington, New Zealand on 8 September. The 2011 What Are You Hungry For? Easter video took out the creativity award from a field of professional communications teams from across Australia and New Zealand. Judges praised the high quality and thoughtfulness of the ...

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Summer Madness unleashes

"FITTING in" is not a phrase that sits well with Az Hamilton, former 96five family radio announcer, Compassion Australia advocate and founder of youth social justice project Just Motivation. The organisers of the Queensland Synod youth camp Summer Madness went in search of a guest speaker to inspire and motivate high school–aged youth, aiming to find someone local and relatable ...

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Playtime is booming

ANY parent can testify to the impact of the arrival of a new member of the family. Add distance, broken relationships or health problems, and parenting can be a hard road to travel. Rachel Mudge, a new mother who worships at Aitkenvale Uniting Church in Townsville, has observed many of the issues first hand from her role as a teacher. ...

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Encountering diverse India

A group of 13 people representing Trinity Wilston Uniting Church, Brisbane, returned recently from our second visit to our partner church, the Church of South India. The party was made up not only from the church congregation but also from community members and local business people, giving a great opportunity for people from the wider Wilston community to see the ...

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Kids’ art explores discipleship

WITH 2013 as the year of discipleship, 58 young people from around Queensland submitted artwork for the 2013 Calendar Art competition exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in the 21st century. Judges Moderator Rev Kaye Ronalds, artist Rev Geraldine Wheeler and Art from the Margins coordinator Tony Anderton were impressed by the thought and the creativity ...

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Young leaders stretch wings

TEN young adults came together from around Queensland for the third annual Stretching Faith theology weekend held from 7 to 9 September at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast. Kate Wilson, who was supported by the Central Queensland Presbytery to travel from Mackay for the weekend, was enthusiastic about the opportunity. "It's networking, it's learning, and stretching my ...

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Together on the way update

LATELY I have been on the road visiting Presbytery meetings, attending the Assembly meeting and talking to people about our shared journey: Together on the way, enriching community. When people ask me how we are travelling, I ask them what they have been doing. They have told me many inspiring stories about living out the church's Call and Vision 2020. ...

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