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Living out the call in a changing world

General Secretary of the Queensland Synod Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the recently released Mission Impact Report and the challenges and opportunities facing the Synod office and the wider church. Our church is a broad and complex organisation seeking to live out its call in a time of change. The Mission Impact Report, released in October, highlights the work ...

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Called to be a house of prayer for all the nations

What does it mean to be One Church? Four Queensland Uniting Church members share inspirational stories of how multicultural church enriches our faith, our worship and our fellowship. Language that speaks to the heart My name is Carla Cristine Diniz and I am from Brazil, a country where people worship deeply. I grew up in church and I was always ...

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The art of letting the spirit flow

Queensland artist Uncle Jo Stuurman talks about his work and the enduring link between art, family, culture and spirituality. My name was originally Joseph Cuttabut, I am a Noongar from Western Australia. My people were at Carrolup Mission near Katanning during the Forties. I was adopted out as so many of us were at the time. As a child I ...

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Beyond expectations

As we enter the Christmas season and reflect on the birth of our servant-king, what are your expectations of God and how God operates in the world? Trinity College Queensland Principal Dr Paul Jones takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Bible to chart God’s subversive interactions with humanity that culminate in a revelation that goes beyond all human ...

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New faces in ministry

A passion for learning and a heart for listening Cindy Howie was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is currently on leave from her teaching appointment and is studying at Trinity College Queensland. I was in Year 7 when we moved to Brisbane from Africa. The highlight was to be reunited with my beloved grandmother. Nearly every time I go past ...

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Activating faith in a new generation

Simon Gomersall—Director of Activate (Gap Year Program) at Trinity College Queensland—sat down with students towards the end of the year-long program to reflect on their experiences. Activate is for people between 18 and 30 years who want to study theology and apply their learning in real-world contexts. Students complete a Diploma of Ministry, undertake numerous life-skill programs, develop ministry skills ...

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Unlocking the secrets of autoimmune disease

Faith Works Uniting Community in Brisbane member Professor Ranjeny Thomas, Arthritis Queensland Professor of Rheumatology and Head, Immunology Programme at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, talks about work, worship and women in leadership. What drew you to the field of immunology? I am a clinical rheumatologist and I have always been fascinated to uncover how life-changing autoimmune diseases like ...

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Postcards From The Past

In 1402 Jan Hus was appointed preacher to the University Chapel of Bethlehem (in Prague, a city in Bohemia) which had been founded 10 years previously as a centre for preaching in the native language (as opposed to the previous ecclesial practice of conducting services only in Latin). Week by week, Hus thundered away in the pulpit against the corruption of the clergy, ...

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Climate change in the Asia-Pacific

Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the devastating consequences of climate change for those in the Asia-Pacific and her experience at the 2019 UnitingWorld conference in Bali where climate justice was a key topic. I wonder why we don’t listen to our Asia-Pacific partners more closely when it comes to issues around climate change? We know ...

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What will be your legacy?

Leaving a legacy Some of us might shy away from thinking about leaving a legacy as it makes us think about death. But legacy is really about life and living. Thinking about our legacy helps us decide the kind of life we want to live and the kind of world we want to live in. A dictionary would define a ...

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