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Personal story tells Church’s journey

Rev John Mavor’s newly-released autobiography is not just a compelling account of one minister’s amazing life, it is also a valuable social history of church and community life in Australia and the Pacific over seven decades said ABC religious programs executive producer David Busch. Mr Busch made the comment in launching Mr Mavor’s book, Come On! Come On! A Journey ...

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Church’s creative calling

AS PART of the Together on the way, enriching community journey to discern the direction of the Uniting Church in Queensland, Journey invites people to explore the Call through a photographic competition. The competition is open to all people to submit photos that represent one of the five sections of the Call – Uniting in Christ: acting with love; living ...

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Jewish Filmmaker Wins Christian Award for Film on Afghanistan

Australian documentary filmmaker Gary Caganoff’s latest film on Afghanistan has been honoured with a Human Rights award from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), and SIGNIS (the World Catholic Association of Communication). Both WACC and SIGNIS announced their joint Human Rights Award for 2010 in Brussles late last week. Unanimous in their decision, the award has been given to ...

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Uniting Church says taking children and families out of detention ‘long overdue’

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed today’s announcement from the Australian Government that asylum seeker families and unaccompanied minors will be moved out of detention and into the community. Rev Alistair Macrae, President of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church, said, “This is a long overdue common-sense decision, given all that we know about the devastating effects of ...

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Reflecting on resourcing and mission

IN LOOKING to the future of the Uniting Church, it is important to look at the lessons of the past. Written 15 years ago, the 1996 Curtis Report (entitled On the Way) was the report of Synod Review Task Group initiated by the 18th Synod. It raised many issues similar to those facing the Queensland Synod today. The Report spoke ...

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New magazine targets poverty

THE MAKE Poverty History (MPH) campaign launched a free newspaper in August, distributed to 50,000 commuters, coinciding with the commencement of the United Nations Department of Public Information conference on global health issues in Melbourne. Every Minute Counts (EMC) is a tabloid style free newspaper aimed at making the issues surrounding poverty and development accessible to everyone. MPH co-chair Andrew Hewett ...

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Journey wins top honours

In its best ever performance, Journey took home two gold awards and a bronze award from the 2010 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards in Tasmania in September. Journey was presented the gold award for best feature (multiple authors) for the July 2009 edition which looked at the 20th anniversary of the Fitzgerald inquiry and the Church’s role as a ...

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Lives are at Stake: mandatory detention must end

THE UNITING CHURCH in Australia has called on the Australian Government to urgently review the policy of the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. The Director of UnitingJustice Australia, the Uniting Church’s national justice agency, Rev. Elenie Poulos said, “The tragic events at Villawood Detention Centre this week are a stark reminder of what the Government knows to be true: the ...

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Pinpointing property prospects

THE UNITING Church in Queensland is embarking on a process to gain a fresh understanding of how it can use property resources for mission, beginning with an online Property Assessment Tool. All congregations and faith communities with beneficial use of property have been requested to provide information in the online survey about their current property usage and how well each property ...

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Music community strikes a chord online

IN A FIRST for the Uniting Church a new online Christian community has been launched, with a focus on music and worship. The site, www.ncycmusic.com.au, allows composers and songwriters to upload songs, lyrics and chord charts and allows attendees of the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) and people in congregations to browse, listen to and download music for use in worship. ...

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