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Five ways to make child safe churches

Calendar competition winner Ellla, aged 11 drawing.

Active planning for safety can help us meet our mission goals and reach out to the community. It’s absolutely critical that every church is a child safe church. Here’s five tips that will help make that happen. Share guardianship Every person engaged in the life of the church needs to grow a culture of shared guardianship of children. The Child ...

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Keeping kids safe at church

Child Safe Church training held at the Logan Central Multicultural Uniting Church. Photo was supplied.

Jesus gave unequivocal instruction about the importance and care of children. Journey explores how this is enacted in the Uniting Church today. While the church has been at the forefront of caring for children from the earliest days of rescuing abandoned orphans to pioneering widespread education, recent investigation and reporting has demonstrated that churches and church institutions have not always ...

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North Queensland camp creates counter-cultural community

Participants at the North Queensland Presbytery kids’ campout. Photo was supplied.

Last month, 15 leaders of North Queensland Presbytery’s annual kids’ campout embarked on the mission to create a counter-cultural camp community. Ashley Thompson reports. Children from congregations as far and wide as Ingham, Charters Towers, Townsville and Burdekin gathered for the North Queensland Presbytery annual kids’ campout in August. Organised by volunteers from local congregations, 15 adults gave up their ...

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New church for Mapoon

niting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress flag for the NADOIC Week march at Mapoon. Photo by cookpod.wordpress.com.

An appeal to replace the church at Mapoon which was burned in 1963 has been launched. Rohan Salmond writes. A new appeal to rebuild the church at Mapoon has been authorised by the 14th Assembly. Mapoon, on Cape York in far north Queensland was originally a Presbyterian mission. Bauxite was discovered in Mapoon during the 1950s, making the area of ...

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Brisbane’s faith leaders welcome Dalai Lama, agent of peace

Brisbane's civic and religious leaders gather in St Stephen's Cathedral with the Dalai Lama.

A visit from the Dalai Lama brought Brisbane’s civic and religious leaders together in June at a multifaith service of prayer for world peace. Rohan Salmond reports. The moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod has gathered with the Dalai Lama along with Brisbane’s other religious and civic leaders at St Stephen’s Cathedral for a multifaith service of prayers for ...

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Dump your junk, officer

Central region police chaplain Rev Glenn Louttit and Senior Constable Tracy Graham. Photo by Queensland Police.

Investigating robberies, assault, homicide and rape; police officers have heavy burdens to carry. Ashley Thompson speaks with Rev Glenn Louttit about being a listening ear to Queensland’s finest. “Police officers deal with trauma all the time but they become conditioned to it as time goes by,” says central region police chaplain Rev Glenn Louttit. “If the truth be known they ...

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“A lot of love” between Aussie and Kiwi churches

Trans-Tasman church leaders gathering.

Church leaders from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in Brisbane last month. Rohan Salmond reports. The annual trans-Tasman gathering of church leaders took place in Brisbane in April, bringing together the six moderators from Uniting Church synods, the president of the Uniting Church Assembly, the president of the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the moderator of the Presbyterian ...

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Worshipping together as one

Special guest Pat Morgan sings at the combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery service in Townsville.

A historic combined worship service of Calvary Presbytery and North Queensland Presbytery has taken place in Townsville, furthering the reconciliation journey. Rohan Salmond writes. A combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery worship service was held in Townsville on the last day of May for National Reconciliation Week. Calvary Presbytery, a non-geographical grouping of Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) congregations, has ...

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Making mission possible $10 at a time

Winners of the Uniting Church Foundation's Indigenous Learning Pathways Grant. Photo were supplied.

Funds raised through the $10 for 10 appeal have been distributed to students to make sure they have what they need to learn. Rohan Salmond reports. Three Indigenous students have received the first round of grants through the Synod’s $10 for 10 appeal to help them achieve their dreams for the future. Tullia Wilson and Lazarus Edwards from Shalom Christian ...

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Thinking outside the square

Rev Dr Robert McFarlane and Rev Beth Nicholls are on the Mission Shaped Ministry team. Photo by Holly Jewell.

What might communities of faith shaped by contemporary culture look like? Dianne Jensen reports on the Queensland launch of Mission Shaped Ministry. Fresh Expressions is the trademark concept of Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM) and it means exactly that—creating new faith communities in non-traditional settings and re-imagining the shape of the contemporary church. The ecumenical program originated in the United Kingdom ...

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