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Study celebrates Church anniversary

AS part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia (22 June) a series of studies based around 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (One body with many parts) is being developed. Stemming out of Together on the way, enriching community’s Priority Direction A (“Enabling a demonstrated commitment to the shared Call and Vision”), the study, called Side ...

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Together update

ON our journey towards the Church's Vision 2020, the Uniting Church in Queensland has committed to numerous projects, as discerned from the Priority Directions reports at the 29th Synod last September. The following highlights some of our progress. • Development of a study resource is underway for use in the lead up to the 35th anniversary of the Uniting Church ...

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Sustaining mission online

AS part of the Together on the way, enriching community journey the Queensland Synod has been experiencing many new and exciting changes. Currently, there is a pressing need to move a significant number of websites owned or maintained by the Synod office, congregations, presbyteries and agencies across the Uniting Church in Queensland to a new server. Part-time Web Migration Project ...

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Focusing on forming disciples

AN exciting project to explore the possibility of developing a digital discipleship resource was launched at Summer Madness youth camp on the Sunshine Coast in January. The project, called GrowFaith, is in the research phase. The resource is an integral part of enacting the Together on the way, enriching community (see http://ucaqld.com.au/about-us/about-the-uniting-church-in-queensland/together-on-the-way-enriching-community) recommendations to the 29th Synod of the Uniting ...

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Youth mad to serve

ALEXANDRA Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast was inundated in January with more than 200 Uniting Church young people for Summer Madness 2012. Organised by a team of youth leaders and people with a passion for helping young people experience God, the camp was a huge success. Over four days, high school aged youth and their leaders experienced the ...

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Pilgrim on the move

THE new year has brought changes to the Queensland Synod's Pilgrim Learning Community (PLC) with the commencement of a new Director, Neil Thorpe, and Christian Educator, Rev Dr Marian Zaunbrecher. Over the years the work of Rev Dr Rob Bos, who retired in 2011, and Rev Karyl Davison, who now works in the Presbytery and Synod of Western Australia, was ...

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Sharing love this Easter

THE Queensland Synod’s Uniting Communications is again partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Easter outreach in local communities. Easter is love is the theme of the 2012 Easter postcard campaign. The back of the card will say “Share it!” and have a space for congregations to put their Easter service and event times. Communications Manager Mardi Lumsden ...

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Atherton lives out parable of the talents

ATHERTON UNITING Church congregation, in North Queensland, recently challenged its members to use their various talents to raise funds for the work of God on the Atherton Tablelands. Participating members were each offered $30 with which to work, and many have taken up the challenge to grow this over the next two months. Age has been no barrier, from a ...

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U.C.I.S Customer Service Christmas closure

THIS YEAR U.C.I.S will be observing the Synod Office closure days between Christmas and New Year. Therefore it will not be open during the Christmas New Year period – this includes any Netconnect access. The last day of operation will be Friday 23 December and the U.C.I.S Customer Service office will reopen as usual on Tuesday 3 January. We hope ...

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Bonds of faith in Cleveland

HISTORY WAS made in the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in October when parish priest, Father Frank O’Dea invited Cleveland Uniting Church minister, Rev Peter Elliot, to assist in the Saturday evening Mass. Father O’Dea has worked in ecumenical harmony with Mr Elliot for over 10 years and sought an opportunity to say farewell to Mr Elliot as he ...

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