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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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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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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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