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Drought casts a long shadow

Drought is a slow-moving, insidious natural disaster which affects the very heart of community. When the rains finally come, recovery will be only just beginning. Dianne Jensen explores how Uniting Church congregations are stepping up to support their counterparts in the bush. “Well, it’s still brown,” writes Rev Jenny Coombes from Longreach Uniting Church at the heart of Queensland’s drought-stricken ...

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Easter: Hope Starts Here

As the famous quip goes you can be assured of two things in life—death and taxes—and we all recognise that in many ways death signals the end, closure, finito. But as Simon Gomersall argues, the death and resurrection of a thirtysomething man thousands of years ago in the Middle East revolutionised our thinking around death and signalled we should never ...

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Why we mourn

Uniting Church congregations, agencies and schools across Australia observed a Day of Mourning on or around 20 January at the request of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, endorsed by the 15th Assembly in 2018. Journey reports on the service held at Tewantin Uniting Church on the Sunshine Coast. The Murdering Creek massacre at Yandina Station, as depicted in ...

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Sowing the seeds for the next generation

A journey of discovery

The Synod Standing Committee has approved the roll-out of a new whole-of-Synod strategic planning exercise that will shape the Synod for the years to come. James O’Callaghan reports. Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting has said that as we near the conclusion of the Together on the Way: Enriching Community journey, we are starting to develop the next ...

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On a journey of transformation

More than 120 young Uniting Church members from across Australia journeyed to Adelaide in January to deepen their faith and explore their gifts as leaders. Journey reports on NYALC 2019. The occasion was the biennial National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC) whose theme this year was L.E.A.D., standing for Live. Embrace. Act. Disciple. In welcoming the young adults on day ...

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Deep roots and open arms make Bulimba a church for all

Multigenerational ministry at Bulimba Uniting Church is ensuring a healthy and engaged congregation at one of Brisbane’s oldest churches. Dianne Jensen reports. The beautiful white timber Uniting Church at the roundabout leading to Bulimba village is an easy Brisbane landmark to spot. This venerable church, which has served the community since 1866, is home to a small but thriving congregation ...

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Montville’s creative soul reflected in gallery

Nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Montville Uniting Church has welcomed people into their church for over 20 years to pray, rest and reflect, but their recent addition of an art gallery has helped draw greater attention to how faith informs art and life. Ben Rogers reports. Montville may only be home to around 1000 people, but this tiny town ...

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Easter: the time for new creation

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

I remember when I used to watch Q&A on ABC, there was an episode from the Sydney Writers’ Festival. One of the guests was Peter Hitchens, brother of the famous atheist Christopher Hitchens. Peter is a commentator and journalist from the United Kingdom. When asked at the end of the show for signs of hope around them, the other guests ...

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