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33rd Synod: Setting the course ahead

Reflecting on the past and discerning how the church faces the future was front and centre of the 33rd Synod meeting (20–24 October). The team from Journey reports. Hundreds of Uniting Church members gathered at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast as the 33rd Synod in Session kicked off in style with a rousing opening worship of ...

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Good stewardship amidst challenging times

The challenges ahead, and Queensland Synod’s plan to meet them, were the topics of the Synod report presented by chairperson of the Finance Investment and Property (FIP) Board Ralph Collins on 23 October. The board has the primary focus of providing good stewardship of church assets and funds. In his presentation Ralph set the context for the work of the ...

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Selfless saints awarded for service

Since 1999, the Queensland Synod, through UnitingCare Queensland, has recognised the outstanding and invaluable commitment of volunteers through the Moderator’s Community Service Medal. UnitingCare Queensland outgoing CEO Anne Cross said 43 notable nominations were received this year. “Today, we come together to commend the efforts of all our volunteers, but in particular, the 14 outstanding recipients of the Moderator’s Community ...

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UnitingCare faces challenges and changing times

The 33rd Synod heard that significant change in the health, aged care and community services sectors continues to impact every aspect of UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ). Deputy chairperson of the UCQ board Dawson Petie outlined some of the challenges facing UCQ and how the organisation is responding. “We continue to experience major change in government policy which impacts most if not ...

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Queensland Synod office transitions for future health

In her first report to a Synod in Session as the general secretary, Rev Heather den Houting outlined a number of the activities, strategies and happenings the Synod office has been involved with over that past 18 months. On the first day of business of the 33rd Queensland Synod, Heather called members to reflect on the duties of the Synod ...

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Women given a springboard for employment

(L—R) Geoff Batkin, Anne Cross, Judy Wollin, Senator Michaelia Cash and Trevor Evans. Photo was supplied.

A new employment project developed by UnitingCare Australia in partnership with the Australian government is helping women enter the job market and early trials by UnitingCare look promising. Amy Cobb reports. Wesley Mission Queensland, UnitingCare Queensland and UnitingCare Australia welcomed the recent announcement by Federal Minister for Women and Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash of $10 million for a national rollout ...

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UnitingCare Queensland still facing huge change

UnitingCare Queensland board member Craig Barke and CEO Anne Cross at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

The significant industry turbulence brought by increasing for-profit competitors, disruptive technology, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and changes to government funding models continues to force reflection for UnitingCare Queensland on where their future lies. For an organisation driven by God’s love and altruism, yet existing in an environment of market competitiveness and immense financial responsibilities, UnitingCare Queensland’s reconciliation between ...

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Service recognised in Moderator’s Medals

Five recipients of the 2016 Moderator's Community Service Medals with moderator Rev David Baker (far left) and UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross (far right). Photo by Holly Jewell.

Since 1999, the Queensland Synod has recognised the outstanding and invaluable commitment of volunteers to the Uniting Church’s mission in community services through the Moderator’s Community Service Medal. The medals are coordinated by UnitingCare Queensland and were today presented by CEO Anne Cross and moderator Rev David Baker. “This year we received 41 notable nominations—all of which exceptionally deserving—so I’m ...

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Towards 2020 and beyond

Queensland Synod general secretary Robert Packer. Photo by Ben Rogers.

In his report to the 32nd Synod general secretary Robert Packer outlined how the church has been traveling against its Vision 2020 roadmap and identified priorities since the 31st Synod.  Robert reminded Synod members that this year is a key review point on the Vision 2020 roadmap and remarked it was, “Checking in to see how we are progressing towards ...

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Moderator’s Community Service Medal: The search is on

Uniting Church in Queensland moderator David Baker, UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross, 2014 Moderator’s Community Service Medal recipient Shirley Wyatt and Maria Maloney, Wesley Hospital volunteer manager. Photo: Holly Jewell

UnitingCare Queensland is on the lookout for outstanding volunteers who reflect the UnitingCare Queensland mission. Emily Murray writes. The search is on for nominations for the 2016 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Successful nominees will have the opportunity to be presented with their medal during the Uniting Church in Queensland’s 32nd Synod meeting at Alexandra Park Conference Centre 20–24 May. UnitingCare ...

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