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Reuniting scholars

ON SATURDAY 21May over 100 former residents of the Methodist Training College (MTC) held a reunion at Grace College (University of Queensland) in Brisbane. People came from all over Australia and even Singapore to catch up with friends from over 40 years ago and give thanks to God for the amazing contribution the College has made to the life of ...

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Nambour revisits flying mission

NAMBOUR UNITING Church has relaunched its outback outreach Mission Possible. In 2009 the congregation combined with local community groups to send a convoy to central western Queensland to refurbish station runways. Approximately 30 volunteers, have signed up again this year, working for two weeks from 24 June to bring runways back up to Royal Flying Doctor standards. It is vital ...

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Retreat to aid recovery

IN RESPONSE to the large numbers of Uniting Church people actively assisting their local communities to recover after floods Moderator, Rev Bruce Johnson, has initiated a Community Recovery Retreat for ministers and lay leaders. The retreat will be held from 20-23 June at Mercy Place in Bardon, Brisbane. Mr Johnson said the purpose of the retreat is to allow people ...

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Future focus for 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, the five areas of priority in the next two years are: enabling a demonstrated commitment to the shared call and vision, promoting ...

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Winning photo works for justice

As part of the Together on the way, enriching community process to discern the direction of the Uniting Church in Queensland, Journey invited people to explore the five phrase Call through a photographic competition. The competition, launched late last year, asked people to submit photos representing each of the five sections of the Call – Uniting in Christ: acting with ...

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The journey continues together

ON SATURDAY 9 April the Together on the way, enriching community journey continued to discern the direction of the Uniting Church in Queensland during a workshop with members of five Focus Groups sharing their progress. In the light of the Church’s 2020 Vision, the five areas of priority in the next two years are: enabling a demonstrated commitment to the ...

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Synod appoints recovery coordinator

FOLLOWING THE 2011 Central Queensland and Brisbane floods, Cyclone Yasi and continuing flooding rains in North Queensland, the Uniting Church, Queensland Synod, is developing a practical response to support those whose first line of duty is to support community disaster response and recovery, employed and volunteer agents, and their congregations and communities. The Synod recognises the support already provided by ...

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Breaking down the barriers

THE ACCESS All Areas campaign was launched in Brisbane today, aiming to break down the barriers disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience in accessing services within their community. Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition executive director Garth Morgan said the campaign was about improving both service access and delivery. “We’re talking about improving outcomes in everything ...

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Meet the new General Secretary

DR SHIRLEY Coulson, the new Synod General Secretary, began at the end of January. Journey asked Dr Coulson how she hopes to assist the Church. Journey: How are you settling in? Dr Shirley Coulson: I have had many expressions of welcome and feel blessed by the prayers and support of so many people across our Church in Queensland and even ...

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Camps Farthest Out welcomes new leader

Former Trinity Theological College principal and current Grace College principal Dr Sue Fairley will be the first female World President of Camps Farthest Out (CFO) International. “Becoming the first female World President is quite daunting but at the same time extremely exciting,” said Dr Fairley. “I feel very humbled to have been chosen for this position. “When I made my speech ...

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