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34th Synod in Session: Norman and Mary Millar Lecture

The challenge to form unconventional alliances, collaborate across boundaries and embrace our responsibilities as active citizens formed the heart of a compelling 2019 Norman and Mary Millar Lecture from Professor Anne Tiernan as the 34th Synod continued last night. Scott Guyatt reports.  Offering her thoughts against the backdrop of a Federal Election count and drawing out careful analysis of the Australian political ...

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34th Synod in Session: Day two – Now is the time to sow

The theme of “Sow” was at the heart of worship, reflection and business during the second day of Synod in Session. Journey reports. Synod in Session saw the launch of Project Plenty, a new whole-of-Synod strategic planning exercise that will shape the Synod in the future. The 18-month process will involve consultation with presbyteries and congregations and collaboration and alignment ...

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34th Synod in Session: Called to seek the kingdom

The 34th Synod at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on Friday 17 May 2019 was officially opened by the Moderator Rev David Baker. Journey reports. Moderator Rev David Baker welcomed Assembly President Dr Deirdre Palmer and Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer, as well as visitors from the Ekaristi Church in Dili, Timor-Leste, Bevinda Pinto and Isac de Jesus. A powerful Welcome to Country ...

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Sowing the seeds for the next generation

The Synod Standing Committee has approved the roll-out of a new whole-of-Synod strategic planning exercise that will shape the Synod for the years to come. James O’Callaghan reports. Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting has said that as we near the conclusion of the Together on the Way: Enriching Community journey, we are starting to develop the next ...

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On a journey of transformation

More than 120 young Uniting Church members from across Australia journeyed to Adelaide in January to deepen their faith and explore their gifts as leaders. Journey reports on NYALC 2019. The occasion was the biennial National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC) whose theme this year was L.E.A.D., standing for Live. Embrace. Act. Disciple. In welcoming the young adults on day ...

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Tackling the Bible’s tough stuff

A new podcast series from Trinity College Queensland will take on the Bible’s most controversial elements to help Christians better understand how a sacred book can contain such problematic material. Ben Rogers reports. Sex, violence, slavery, genocide … no, we’re not talking about the latest hit series on HBO or Netflix but rather the “Good Book”. For many Christians such ...

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Inspiring disciples for challenging times

The Inspired Disciples festival brings together speakers, forums and training events to inspire Uniting Church members across Queensland to answer the call to discipleship. Journey reports. The image of Jesus calling to the fishermen Simon and Andrew by the Sea of Galilee is imprinted on the heart of every generation of Christians. As Uniting Church members, it’s in our DNA—embedded ...

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Ministry in Queensland’s top end

Meet Karama Ioapo, the minister on the new Kennedy Patrol established by Frontier Services in conjunction with the North Queensland Presbytery. The patrol takes in the former Cape York Patrol and the northern half of the former Flinders Patrol. Dianne Jensen reports. Kennedy Patrol minister Rev Karama Ioapo regularly passes through what’s left of the ghost town of Cumberland on ...

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Walking on Country an unforgettable experience

General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, Rev Heather den Houting reflects on a recent ‘Walk on Country’ experience, part of the church’s commitment to working together with First Peoples. There are some experiences that take time to unfold properly into your life, and a Walking on Country experience is one of these. Our group comprised of ...

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Keeping up with Levon Kardashian

Dianne Jensen talks to Levon Kardashian, the new Multicultural Project Officer for the Presbytery of South Moreton. Levon Kardashian understands the power of cultural roots and family ties. The new Multicultural Project Officer for the Presbytery of South Moreton is an Armenian Christian born in Lebanon to an Armenian father from Lebanon and an Armenian mother from Syria, and the ...

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