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Social responsibility review – 3 December

Whats coming up Human Rights month There’s still time to learn more about the importance of protecting and promoting human rights this Human Rights Month—finishing on 10 December. The Queensland Human Rights Commission has resources available to help. As of 1 January 2020, Queensland will have the strongest legislated human rights protections in Australia when the second stage of the ...

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Looking beyond the labels

Rev Alison Cox is the Project Officer – Disability Inclusion Innovation with Wesley Mission Queensland. On International Day for People with Disabilities, she reflects on the role of the church in creating communities where all are recognised and accepted as beloved and worthy creations of God. Language is such a challenging part of life. It is vitally important, and yet always ...

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Moderator’s prayer for the bushfires

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

On Sunday 1 December, the Queensland Synod will join with the NSW/ACT Synod in holding a day of prayer for the bushfires. On what is the first day of Advent, this will be a special day to acknowledge the efforts of all our emergency services, local authorities, volunteers and community members who continue to play a vital part in fighting ...

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Hope and hardship amidst fire and drought

Ahead of the day of prayer for the bushfires on 1 December, Rev Kaye Ronalds reflects on the impact of the recent events in Stanthorpe. I was away on one month long service leave when the fires arrived in Stanthorpe but the Supply Minister was a great help in the immediate aftermath, visiting families and dealing with the offers of help ...

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Take a moment to send your love

Ahead of the day of prayer for the bushfires on 1 December, Rev Suzy Sitton reflects on the impact of the recent events in the Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast region. From 9 and 15 November, our kitchen was covered with black ants. They marched around the ceiling, down the walls and made their way to the pantry and found the only open ...

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Community spirit heartening during bushfire disasters

Ahead of the day of prayer for the bushfires on 1 December, Duncan Barlow reflects on the impact of the recent events in the Laidley and Hatton Vale region.  An early and extreme fire season raises concerns for rural communities and towns which run right up to bushland. Laidley, while near bushland, has not normally been associated with bushfires as ...

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The JourneyOnline alternative Christmas shopping guide

A recent news report suggested that Queenslanders will spend $9.7 billion at retailers over the Christmas season. Yes, you read that right: $9.7 billion. But if you don’t fancy fighting for carparks at your local shopping mall or spending hours surfing the internet for the best online deals, Journey has put together some Christmas gift ideas that will help the ...

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New pastor a great outcome for the Aurukun community

A momentous milestone in the life of the Uniting Church was marked last weekend with the commissioning of a full-time pastor in Aurukun. Pastor Lee Willis-Ardler, a graduate of the Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, brings a wealth of community development experience to the role, which Associate General Secretary for the Queensland Synod, Rev John Ruhle describes as vital.   “Firstly, this is ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 22 November

What’s coming up Solidarity Sit-Down The next Solidarity Sit-down will be held on Friday 29 November from 1–3pm, at Queen’s Gardens, Corner Elizabeth and George Streets in the Brisbane CBD. Attendees will sit shoulder to shoulder and hear from people on the frontline of the climate crisis and donates will be collected to support those impacted by and fighting the ...

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Community spirit the key to Raymont’s success, says outgoing principal

After three years, the much-respected Principal of Raymont Residential College in Brisbane, Richard Niessl is stepping down from his position. Prior to his appointment Richard was the deputy master at nearby Kings College at St Lucia. He was attracted to Raymont by the opportunity to positively influence young adults. “During the transition to adulthood, young adults are open to new ...

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