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Mother’s Day 2020 prayers

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker and Queensland Synod Associate General Secretary Rev John Ruhle provide these prayers for Mother’s Day.  Loving God, thank you for our mothers. For the mothers who gave birth to us; for the women who treated us as their own. In that Love is always a mixture of joy and pain, we remember with deep thanksgiving the nurture, comfort ...

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Come From Away: A Myth for our Time

In 2019 Trinity College Queensland welcomed submissions for The Religious Faith and Belief Award which was designed to encourage interaction with religious faith, culture, current affairs and how these relate to contemporary Australian society. The award-winning essay was written by  Matthew Ventura on the Broadway production Come From Away. September 11, 2001. I was only six-years-old at the time and ...

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Putting pen to paper for pandemic connections

While text message and email have become the ubiquitous method of choice for communicating, St David’s Neighbourhood Centre has turned to pen and paper as a fresh way of keeping young and old connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karen Shapcott—St David’s Neighbourhood Centre Community Connections Coordinator—writes. St David’s Uniting Church and St David’s Neighbourhood Centre were hosting intergenerational programs long ...

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Book review: Jesus According to the New Testament

While most reading this review might be reasonably confident in stating they understand Jesus based on the New Testament writings, James Dunn’s recent book Jesus according to the New Testament attempts to enrich that understanding with scholarly focus on the heart of the gospel, the Lord Jesus. Nick Mattiske reviews. James Dunn’s recent small book sets out what the New ...

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Military chaplains: the captains of the souls of men

As we approach ANZAC Day, Rev John Dansie—1st Battalion Chaplain, the Royal Australian Regiment—reflects on the history of chaplains in the Australian Defence Force and their crucial role supporting today’s members of Defence.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. My grandfather, a Methodist minister, found himself in New Guinea as chaplain to an ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 21 April 2020

There’s a bit of concern in some parts of the church about how we are going to get out of this, and will we still be the same. Some are concerned about having access to financial resources to sustain us over this time, some about how we are making the most of this time in terms of our worship, witness ...

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Farewell to Haigslea Uniting Church after 109 years of service

With over 100 years in existence the Haigslea Uniting Church was all set to close its doors in late March with a service of dissolution but the COVID-19 pandemic changed all those plans. Despite pandemic-related restrictions, the church still took steps to thank those in the church community with a farewell video. James O’Callaghan reports. After 109 years, the Haigslea ...

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Online learning and fellowship despite the distancing

As educational institutions transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity College Queensland is no exception, and despite the social distancing online learning and fellowship continues for the staff and students. Trinity’s Systematic Theology Lecturer Dr Victoria Lorrimar writes.  No doubt this is about the 112th article you’ve read on how Christians ought to respond to COVID-19. What else can ...

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Church and community during a pandemic

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) CEO Rosie Kendall explores the way in which the Christian faith can respond to this time of crisis with faith and showing love to the community. Humans are fundamentally relational beings, dependent and incomplete by design; no one can be who they truly are in isolation. But Australia is a socially fragmented society. The average Aussie ...

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Ohana … Family … No one gets left behind

Dr David Pohlmann from Mt Louisa Community Church writes about what the congregation is doing to transition their church activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The congregation of Mt Louisa Community Church (previously Praise Chapel & House of Praise) is the custodian to a wide range of facilities used for worship, education, and community purposes at Mt Louisa (a central suburban ...

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