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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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Church leaders visit Queensland

THE new Moderators of two of the Uniting Church’s important Pacific partners will visit Queensland in July as part of a leadership development program sponsored by UnitingWorld. Bishop Bernard Siai, Moderator-elect of the United Church in Papua New Guinea, will take up his post as Moderator in October 2012 leading a church of around 600 000 members spread across most of PNG. UnitingWorld Associate Director (Pacific) Mr Bruce Mullan said the United Church in PNG ...

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End of an era at Trinity

ON 17 May Trinity Theological College, representatives of the wider church, family, friends and former students marked the retirement of Rev Dr Neil Sims, 39 years after his ordination. Dr Sims joined the Faculty of Trinity in 1997 and is the longest serving faculty member. He has been responsible for teaching in the area of Ministry and Mission as well ...

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Together on the way update

THIS month we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. In May we launched the Side by Side study resource and are happy to say the additional resources are all now online at http://ucaqld.com.au/about-us/about-the-uniting-church-in-queensland/together-on-the-way-enriching-community Additional online resources can accompany the study and include four videos looking at different partnerships, music selections and potential prayers. We'd love ...

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Mining chaplains make a difference

THE Synod Chaplaincy Commission has been working towards providing chaplains to mining communities that are often isolated and under pressure from the fly-in, fly-out industry. With the April announcement that the Norwich Park mine in the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland, will cease operation, the need to support mining communities really hits home. Synod Ministries Coordinator, Rev John Cox, said mining ...

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Together update

IT is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we share with you the Side by Side study resource this month. A product stemming from Together on the way, enriching community, the resource has been developed by a team from the Uniting Church in Queensland to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. It is based on the ...

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Together on the way update

AS we head towards Easter, there is an air of anticipation around the Synod Office. The Easter postcards have been distributed and we are excited about the Easter Sunday call to worship video, featuring the Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds and many of our church family, that has been produced in a joyful expression in diverse and multilingual interpretations of our ...

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Ensuring a safe church

THE Queensland Synod has responded to the new Work Health and Safety legislation (which took effect in Queensland on 1 January) by reviewing its own Work Health and Safety resources. Queensland Synod Risk and Insurance Manager, David Munro, said new resources are in their final stages of review and take into account additional or changed requirements of the legislation and ...

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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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