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Young adults: the present and future

AT the 13th Assembly meeting, delegates from the National Young Leaders Conference presented the statement, "Reconcilation People", which addressed key justice issues identified by young people within the Uniting Church. The statement was prepared in February at the National Young Adult Leaders conference, when 75 Uniting Church young people from across Australia gathered in Sydney. The conference was hosted by ...

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Australian Christian Lobby hits out at Queensland budget cuts

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern that some frontline services to Queensland's most vulnerable people are being affected by the Queensland Government's budget cuts. ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said ACL understood the need for the government to balance its budget, but was concerned some of the cuts were going too far. Ms Francis had spoken to a number ...

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Chinese Christian Council pays a visit to Brisbane

ON 22 July 2012, Indooroopilly Uniting Church in Brisbane welcomed leaders of the China Christian Council at the 6pm evening service. This first visit to Australia by the China Christian Council was arranged by UnitingWorld following an invitation by the Uniting Church of Australia past President Rev Alistair Macrae. It comes after the Uniting Church's historic visit to China in ...

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Walking on Country: sharing the belonging

"WALKING on country" is a concept which speaks to every Australian about the powerful ties that bind us to land and lore. For Indigenous people, it means literally walking on their traditional homelands, and connecting with the memories, legends and laws. Sharing that sense of belonging can transform both the teller and the listener. Members of The Gap Uniting Church ...

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When neighbours become good friends

THE ties that bind the Uniting Church in Australia to our Pacific neighbours run deep. The Australian Methodist Church began missionary work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the nineteenth century and in the Solomon Islands in 1902. And through the decades which followed and the challenges posed by conflicts, political change and natural disasters, strong links have been forged ...

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Prison chaplains celebrated

ON 22 June, Uniting Church Prison Ministry celebrated 35 years of ministry by recognising the dedication of two long serving prison chaplains. Mrs Pat Imhoff was honoured for her 25th anniversary of service and Rev George Tully for his 26th anniversary. Speaking of the calling to prison chaplaincy, Prison Ministry Coordinator Beatriz Skippen said, “Whenever we serve the needs of ...

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Trinity welcomes Dr Aaron Ghiloni

DR Aaron Ghiloni has joined Trinity Theological College as Director of Studies – Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, and Director of Field Education. Dr Ghiloni's work is in Christian theology in dialogue with the humanities and social sciences. His new book John Dewey among the Theologians is a conversation between educational theory and Christian doctrine. He teaches the college's popular "Theology ...

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“Marriage equality”: statement from the Northern Presbytery

THE upcoming 13th Assembly will feature a number of items of business relating to marriage. Although no proposal will change the existing doctrine of marriage in the Uniting Church in Australia, a range of views are held by many in the church. We present here a statement from Rev Bruce Cornish of the Northern Presbytery. A meeting of the Uniting ...

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Church members honoured on Queen’s birthday

THE Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, congratulated award recipients in The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List on Monday 11 June. The diversity of service across all fields of endeavour was recognised with a range of awards within the Australian Honours System. These awards include the contributions from the community as well as Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency ...

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Full house for reconciliation service

COLD weather did not deter enthusiastic attendance by people from all denominations at the annual Queensland Churches Together and Churches Together Indigenous Peoples Partnership (CTIPP) Service of Reconciliation. The service was held at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Enoggera, on 31 May, during National Reconciliation Week, with over one hundred people in attendance. The Malu Kiai Torres Strait Island ...

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