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The many expressions of mission in Journey

Rev Dr Neil Sims reflects on the many expressions of mission found in the Spring edition of Journey and how this is an encouraging sign for congregations in Queensland.   As one who taught Mission of the Church to our ministry students and others for 15 years, I was greatly encouraged by the last (Spring 2019 edition) issue of Journey. ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 12 November

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I spent the weekend at the Assembly Standing Committee in Sydney. I had one eye on the work at hand and another on the unfolding bushfire situation. I spent yesterday morning at home putting some things in order should we be affected by a bushfire in the coming days. Some of us, particularly in rural and regional Australia, just can’t ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 November

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I was on the road yesterday morning and caught up with Insiders on ABC News radio. They made a big feature of the Royal Commission into Aged Care’s interim report. Amidst all the news about failure of the system, and stories of neglect, I have to say that I was feeling for the staff of our aged care services. For ...

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Lifestyle choices drive climate action

People of faith around Australia are simplifying their lifestyles to help slow climate damage and drive positive change. Journey reports. Hundreds of people of faith have gathered in capital cities around the nation to attend “Living the Change” workshops run by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Coordinator Mark Delaney, who ran the Brisbane event in September, says that ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 28 October

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

I had an inspiring time last week at “Love Wraps”, a ministry of West Ashgrove Uniting Church in Brisbane. The congregation had nominated the coordinator of the program, Robyn Carmichael, for a Moderator’s Community Service Medal.   Robyn coordinates more than 25 women who for the last 12 years have knitted rugs for those in need. She has networked throughout the ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 16 October

Week in review Rewriting the fairy tales of disability This article describes a book that is as unusual as it is timely. It is at once both autobiography and social history. In the book, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space, Amanda Leduc considers the way in which fairy stories (and their modern kin: Disney films, superhero and fantasy ...

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One person’s story

Rev Graham Slaughter, minister for the Leichhardt Patrol in the Presbytery of the Downs, describes his experience with mental health for Queensland Mental Health Week. As a patrol minister, I regularly visit with people living on properties and in rural communities. Some of the people I visit suffer from a mental illness although this is seldom immediately obvious and might ...

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Social Responsiblity Review – 9 October

What’s coming up Mosaic – annual Brisbane multicultural festival Join Multicultural Development Australia and the Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Network this Sunday 13 October from 10am–5pm, for #MOSAIC: a world music, dance and cultural spectacular that celebrates the creative and rich talents of our diverse communities. The MOSAIC Festival celebrates who we are in Queensland through dance, ...

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Social Responsiblity Review – 1 October

What’s coming up Acknowledgement and lament – childhood sexual abuse The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly is calling on faith communities to mark the anniversary of the National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. This can be done by holding a service of acknowledgement and lament on or near 20 October using the resources. Against Our Oath This ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 1 October

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

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker writes from India as part of what has become a regular trip to the Church of North India. I’ve had the privilege of being back in the diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India, for the past week. The church here has many challenges, but they are—mostly—the challenges that arise from being the church doing ...

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