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Church central to a life-long marriage

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James O’Callaghan meets Greg and Dulcie, lifelong servants of the Uniting Church who recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. According to McCrindle research published in 2019, one in three Australian marriages end in divorce, which means celebrating a 65th wedding anniversary is a landmark and cause for serious celebration. And this is just what Dulcie and Greg Turner did earlier this ...

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Climate justice the UnitingWorld way

In response to Rev Heather den Houting’s recent Journey article on climate change and the Asia Pacific, UnitingWorld’s Australian Partnership Coordinator Mardi Lumsden writes about the impact Heather’s article has had on her work and what readers can do to work towards climate justice. It was wonderful to read Rev Heather den Houting’s reflections on her time in Bali with ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 December

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I had an early Christmas present on 10 December. It was a vision both of the past and of the future, in reality! I went to the ORCA Project’s first graduation night. The ORCA Project came out of a need in the community for a transition space for young people with disabilities to develop their gifts so that they are ...

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Book review: A History of the Bible

We are all supposedly familiar with the Bible, in the church anyway, but John Barton’s hefty and excellent history emphasises just how unwieldy it is. Nick Mattiske reviews. A History of the Bible looks at both how the Bible was compiled and how it has been read. Already with the former, this can be tricky, as the original authors are ...

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Social responsibility review – 9 December

What’s coming up Service of Solace (Blue Christmas) Christmas can be a challenging time for a number of people: loved ones lost, difficult memories, hearts that are broken and loneliness. On 15 December Albert Street Uniting Church is holding a Service of Solace at 11am. This service is designed to help people grieve, to remember, to let go and be ...

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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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