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Singing from the heart

Attendees at UnitingWomen 2018 were spellbound by an impromptu performance of a song in the Meriam language from the Eastern Torres Strait following one of the Friday workshops. Led by Ruth Ghee, a dozen or so Uniting Church women from across Australia sang the haunting harmonies and performed the actions they had learnt at the “Singing our past and our ...

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UnitingWorld making a difference to women in the Pacific

Members of the UnitingWorld Australian partnership team addressed the UnitingWomen 2018 conference, highlighting some of the work the organisation is doing in the Pacific region and beyond. As part of the presentation, the crowd was introduced to Martha Yamsiu from the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, one of many women who are making a difference by highlighting the issues around violence ...

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In the darkest places, God is with us

Artist Lyn Diefenbach’s UnitingWomen 2018 keynote address “Opening the treasure box” was an invitation to explore the joyful and painful memories which make up our lives. And in doing so, to recognise that God can weave our brokenness into wholeness. As she spoke to the audience of Uniting women of all ages from across Australia, Lyn created an artwork in ...

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Perseverance and endurance through faith

Olympian Eloise Wellings took the stage to deliver an inspiring address to the crowd at UnitingWomen 2018, highlighting how her faith has helped her overcome adversity. According to the distance runner, her eyes were set on becoming an Olympian from a young age. “I was obsessed with the Olympics, I was obsessed with reaching the pinnacle of my sport,” said ...

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We are wonder women

“Welcome to Brisbane!” With those words, Rev Heather den Houting, General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod opened the third UnitingWomen Conference. The event was formally opened by Baringa Kukoyi, who performed a traditional Welcome to Country. The Hon Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 25 September

What’s coming up Living the Change As part of the Season of Creation the Queensland Churches Environmental Network is hosting a free screening of the documentary Living the Change on Thursday 4 October at Chermside Kedron Uniting Church, corner Gympie and Rode Rds. This film explores solutions to the global crisis we face today, using inspiring stories to show how ...

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Created to create

Sarah Hands will present a workshop on Friday 28 September at UnitingWomen on “God Woven Creativity – using our gifts wisely”. Have you ever wished you were creative? Maybe you are creative but are too scared to step out and start a project. I believe we are all born creative. As Christians we serve a God who in his very ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Lebanon is having Nun of that movie The New Arab reports on the banning of the Hollywood horror film The Nun in Lebanon after the film failed the nation’s censorship test, apparently due to its offensiveness to Christianity. Georges Asmar, who runs a media agency specialising in the region’s ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 20 September

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

Just did a run through Mary Burnett, Central Queensland and the Central West last week with Rev Peter Armstrong, UnitingCare Queensland’s Associate Director of Mission, Community Engagement. In the midst of drought that we have all been reminded about—thanks to the media paying attention to what’s happening in New South Wales—I want to add some nuancing to what we’re hearing ...

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Nathaniel Buzolic: Christian, actor and Insta influencer

This article originally appeared on Insights. Special thanks to Adrian Drayton.  While he may not be a household name, Nathaniel Buzolic’s 1.9 million followers on Instagram are both avid fans of the TV shows he has been involved with and his openness to share his faith on the social media platform. An Australian of Croatian heritage now living in Los ...

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