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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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Energy report names Queensland Church

IN THE 2009-10 National Greenhouse and Energy Report, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q.) is listed as having a significant impact on the environment, having reported its energy consumption to be more than 500 Terajoules. The Uniting Church in Queensland reports its energy consumption as a group (the Property Trust), supplying the consumption information from UnitingCare, Wesley Mission ...

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Focusing on the journey

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. Focus Group C is working on “developing sustainable, mission oriented ...

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Church farewells family

IN THE early hours of 24 August, a house fire in Slacks Creek, Brisbane, took the lives of members of three generations of a family who are associated with the Logan Central Multicultural Uniting Church, in Brisbane’s south. News reports suggest it was one of the worst house fires in Australian history. Moderator, Rev Bruce Johnson, said it was a ...

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Students find unity in solidarity

STUDENTS AND staff from Caloundra’s Unity College took an opportunity to live Gospel values in an unusual circumstance in the July school holidays. From a society that promotes careers, possessions, and personal development, eight teenagers and three leaders were welcomed in Tonga to live in village homes where community has priority. While the cultural experiences were spectacular and educational, the ...

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Boy’s Brigade in Pacific partnership

EMMANUEL UNITING Church at Enoggera has established an unusual partnership with the Noro Church in the Solomon Islands. Discussions with Uniting World followed visits to each church; Rev David Fender visited Noro and then Rev David Vakipide spent six weeks at Emmanuel. One evening in Brisbane Rev Vakipide visited the 46th Brisbane Boys’ Brigade Company and announced that he had ...

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Quiet achiever receives recognition

NOMINATIONS FOR the 2011 Moderator’s Community Service Medal close on 19 August so get in now if you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Uniting Church’s mission in community service in Queensland. Logan volunteer and quiet achiever Viliami (Willie) Afeaki was presented with a Moderator’s Medal in 2010. He was nominated by Rev Dr Apichart Branjerdporn, ...

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