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Nambour Uniting Church member receives Israel’s highest honour

James O’Callaghan reports on a member of the Nambour Uniting Church who has been recognised for the heroic efforts of his parents during the Second World War. Gerry Zwart of Nambour received a shock earlier this year when he was contacted regarding the actions of his parents some 80 years earlier. During the 1940s the Zwart family lived in the ...

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Church members on the frontline of Sunshine Coast fires

Rev Moira Dodsworth, minister at Coolum Beach Uniting Church describes the aftermath of the recent fires on the Sunshine Coast. It is always a frightening experience to be in or near an out of control fire. In the afternoon of 9 September, many of us who live in the area of Coolum Beach and Peregian travelled home—saw the smoke—then the ...

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Church members on the frontline of Canungra fires

Rev David Hawke, minister at Beaudesert and Districts (Canungra) Uniting Churches, describes how the recent fire crisis unfolded in the Scenic Rim Region of South East Queensland. Nearly three weeks ago on a Tuesday night I was standing in the yard outside the home where our young adults meet. The fire front was young and heading slowly north towards the ...

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God is indeed faithful

It’s been an extremely difficult time for farmers and for small country towns and communities.   In many places, there has not been a so-called normal season for three or many more years, and the unrelenting drought continues to grind people and the environment into the dust. A progression of negative superlatives are required to describe the situation—serious, very serious, desperate and ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 17 September

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

Last week, I wrote to the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition. As we move into the next state election, I anticipate that issues like voluntary assisted dying, a potential bid to host the Olympics, infrastructure to support ongoing growth in metropolitan areas, and jobs will dominate discussions. Rightly so, because these are important matters and the Queensland public ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 9 September

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

It’s been a challenging weekend for us in South East Queensland. Bushfires of an intensity that were traditionally only experienced south of the border have loomed over our towns and burnt out one of our iconic areas. A place of heart-restoring memories is ruined. And the weather forecasters say we’re looking at a dry, hot summer. UnitingCare has already deployed ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 7 September

Some of you may know about my new pastime, mosaicing.   It is a place where I can zone out, reflect and discern. My latest piece is based on well-known story from the Bible. It’s a copy of a fifth century mosaic in a church in Tabgha in northern Israel.   In the story of the loaves and fishes, the disciples were ...

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When do we feel that we really belong in a church?

As part of Queensland Multicultural Month, Levon Kardashian, Multicultural Project Officer for the South Moreton Presbytery reflects on the heart’s calling, and his faith journey. A community or a congregation is formed through relationships. Discerning the direction God is calling a congregation to go, who they are or what they want to become are some of the questions people seek ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Bibles remain unscathed in growing China-US trade war Christianity Today covers reports that Bibles manufactured in China and imported into the United States of America will be exempt from tariffs which form part of ongoing trade tensions between the two global powerhouses. Next month sees a 10 per cent tariff placed ...

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Social responsibility review – 16 August

What’s coming up Season of Creation – September This month of reflection and action has been prioritised by the Queensland Synod as a key social responsibility event. All congregations and communities are invited to participate through prayer, action and advocacy. The Synod of Victoria/Tasmania has an excellent series of resources for The Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September ...

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