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Seven (fun) insights into your next general secretary!

Rev Heather den Houting at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Yesterday 32nd Synod members called Rev Heather den Houting to be the next Queensland Synod general secretary, starting 1 June 2016. Ashley Thompson catches up with Heather to uncover the personality behind the profession. Ashley: What is your passion? Heather: My passion is people, especially people in Christ. I am always deeply delighted by the capacity and resilience of those who ...

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UnitingCare Queensland still facing huge change

UnitingCare Queensland board member Craig Barke and CEO Anne Cross at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

The significant industry turbulence brought by increasing for-profit competitors, disruptive technology, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and changes to government funding models continues to force reflection for UnitingCare Queensland on where their future lies. For an organisation driven by God’s love and altruism, yet existing in an environment of market competitiveness and immense financial responsibilities, UnitingCare Queensland’s reconciliation between ...

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Synod celebrates ministries

The 32nd Synod celebrates ministers ordained since the last Synod in 2014. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Day three of the 32nd Synod closed with a celebration of ministries as Rev David Baker started proceedings with a call to worship; Psalm 100. Minutes of appreciation were received to retiring ministers: Rev Subramaniam Manopavan, Rev Hohaia Matthews, Rev May Morris, Rev Jan Rossow, Rev Costa Stathakis, Rev Dr Paul Walton, Rev Ian Wilson, Rev Peter Aay, Rev Lloyd ...

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Assembly report celebrates depth and breadth

Assembly general secretary Colleen Geyer delivers her report to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Uniting Church National Assembly general secretary Colleen Geyer reported to 32nd Synod members about the vast and exciting work of the Assembly. Colleen noted the centrality of the Assembly’s covenant with first peoples saying, “We are guests on occupied land”. She reminded Synod members that last year’s 14th Assembly in Perth “committed to a conversation regarding sovereignty; what that means ...

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Ten (light) catch up questions with your moderator!

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

32nd Synod members have today elected Rev David Baker for a second term as Queensland Synod moderator. Ashley Thompson catches up with David to reflect back on the first 18 months of his first term. Ashley: Why did you put your hand up to be moderator again? David: I was nominated by Bremer Brisbane Presbytery because they thought I still had ...

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Service recognised in Moderator’s Medals

Five recipients of the 2016 Moderator's Community Service Medals with moderator Rev David Baker (far left) and UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross (far right). Photo by Holly Jewell.

Since 1999, the Queensland Synod has recognised the outstanding and invaluable commitment of volunteers to the Uniting Church’s mission in community services through the Moderator’s Community Service Medal. The medals are coordinated by UnitingCare Queensland and were today presented by CEO Anne Cross and moderator Rev David Baker. “This year we received 41 notable nominations—all of which exceptionally deserving—so I’m ...

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Rev Heather den Houting announced as general secretary

Rev Heather den Houting addresses the Synod on her appointment. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Members of the 32nd Synod have confidently called Rev Heather den Houting to be the next general secretary of the Queensland Synod. Currently acting associate general secretary of the Queensland Synod, Heather will begin this new role on 1 June 2016. “When we say the words ‘together on the way’, I want you to know I work best in the ...

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Mission opportunity: schools and colleges

Schools and Residential Colleges Commission executive officer Dr Daniel Pampuch delivers his report to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Executive officer of the Schools and Residential Colleges Commission Dr Daniel Pampuch outlined the importance of developing tangible links between educational institutions and the church in his report to the 32nd Synod. Citing the 18 organisations, 17 500 students and 1000 staff with whom the commission works, Daniel said “this is a very big mission field in terms of reaching ...

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Dangerous ideas brew at 32nd Synod

32nd Synod members took part in a virtual reality experience at Synod Unchained. Photo by Uniting Communications.

A new forum to explore outside-the-box thinking was a smash success at Synod. Journey reports. Hundreds gathered for Unchained, a half-day festival held during Synod in Session to air dangerous ideas about how the Uniting Church might re-imagine itself and its place in the world. The event evolved from a suggestion first made by the moderator that the Synod needed ...

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Presbytery Q&A stimulates discussion

Bruce Johnson addresses the 32nd Synod presbytery Q&A panel. Photo by Ben Rogers.

In a new style of engaging with Queensland Synod presbytery reports, South Moreton Presbytery multicultural officer David Busch facilitated a Q&A panel discussion between 32nd Synod members and presbytery representatives. Available on the Queensland Synod YouTube channel, members were encouraged to watch presbytery reports and submit their questions for discussion. Identified by the moderator as a forum to raise and ...

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