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Budgeting in a time of uncertainty

With increased economic uncertainty and significant job losses sweeping through the nation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians Against Poverty Australia’s Stuart Sampson offers some advice on financial resilience. I am a planner. That’s why I keep a diary. A diary gives me an idea of what to expect, a sense of control. Of course, I didn’t have ...

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Connecting with the disconnected during a pandemic

North Lakes Uniting Church member and pastoral carer Shirley Behan offers her thoughts on how to support those in your congregation who may not have access to the internet but still require regular contact, readings and prayers. I have been invited to share how this coronavirus episode is impacting on me and how I have felt the need to reach ...

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We’re all in this together

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there’s panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death.   What they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise you can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue ...

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Positive community initiatives responding to the pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has generated significant fear and anxiety in our communities, there are positive ways to respond to the crisis in order to remain connected to those around us and care for those who are vulnerable. Indooroopilly Uniting Church member Christopher Coombes writes about an initiative his household is doing to help their neighbourhood. Lately, I’ve been compulsively ...

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Doing church differently on The Downs

Uniting Church members at Dalby and Jandowae are learning new ways and re-discovering old ways of connecting as they respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rev Adam Tipple writes.  Like many other congregations, at Dalby and Jandowae we are learning how to “do church” differently in this time. Firstly we recognised that the need for clear communication was paramount. ...

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Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church transforms Community Meals during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter all aspects of Australia’s social and economic landscape, Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church has rapidly and successfully responded to changing health and safety guidelines to continue their Community Meal program. Ben Rogers reports. Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church in Brisbane would normally welcome guests to take a seat for their Community Meal program but as ...

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Presbytery amalgamation sets new course for reconciliation

The Calvary and North Queensland Presbytery amalgamation will be recorded as a momentous occasion in the life of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod and its relationship with First Peoples across the state. Both the closing service (28 February) and the opening service of the new Carpentaria Presbytery (29 February) were held at Cairns Emmanuel Church and attended by ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 16 March 2020

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

The coronavirus pandemic has given us opportunity to see the wide variety of visceral responses to a crisis—in ourselves and in others. The pattern of flight, fight, or freeze can be seen across our communities. It’s also exposed a lot about how we function as an interconnected world. We are called to rise above our fears and pay attention; to ...

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Remain humble and keep working as God blesses you

Young adult leader within the Uniting Church, Michelle Donaldson describes how the church has shaped who she is as an adult.  There have been a few times when I can pinpoint a moment when my life has changed. Joining the Oxley Uniting Church youth group in 2008 was one of those moments. This introduction to the church provoked a passion for ...

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First Peoples need to invest in genuine relationships

First People storyteller, cultural activist and Uniting Church member Rhanee Jane Tsetsakos reflects on the importance of collaboration in this International Women’s Day reflection.   Warning: This reflection contains the use of a First Peoples name who is deceased.  My book Walking to the Corroboree came out of a relationship with one of my mentors from the Uniting Church.   I was ...

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