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Social responsibility review – 31 October

What’s coming up #KidsOffNauru Prayer Vigil – 2 November Join Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker and people of faith calling on our government to end the cruelty to the children on Nauru. Hosted by Love Makes a Way, with Common Grace, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, World Vision and Micah Australia. The vigil will be held Friday 2 November at ...

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Singing from the heart

Attendees at UnitingWomen 2018 were spellbound by an impromptu performance of a song in the Meriam language from the Eastern Torres Strait following one of the Friday workshops. Led by Ruth Ghee, a dozen or so Uniting Church women from across Australia sang the haunting harmonies and performed the actions they had learnt at the “Singing our past and our ...

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Social responsibility review – 17 July

What’s coming up United for Palestine fundraiser An auction of art to raise funds for the Occupied West Bank Trauma and Rehabilitation Centre will be held on 4 August between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm. Items include handmade Palestinian cross-stitch, crochet and embroidery, and photography and paintings. Entry is $40 for adults, $30 for children and includes a meal and ...

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Friday religion wrap – 15 June

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  What the cake court decision means for Australia The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favour of the baker in the world’s most high-profile “gay wedding cake” case. But what does the case mean for Australia, particularly with the upcoming release of the Ruddock religious freedom report? Religious people ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 12 June

This will have momentous consequences The Government has decided to terminate the income support of many people seeking asylum waiting for their applications for refugee status to be determined. This will be rolled out in coming months. The result of this decision will be an unprecedented crisis in south-east Queensland, particularly regarding safe housing. There will be hundreds of families ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 4 June

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

Sunday night gave us opportunity for about forty folk from the Uniting Church and the Muslim community to fellowship together over the meal that breaks the day’s fast in the Muslim celebration of Ramadan. It’s called an Iftar dinner, hosted by the Synod Interfaith Relations Committee with the 2018 event the second time the dinner has been hosted. It is ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 30 May 2018

What’s coming up Uniting Church and Luminous Lantern Parade Each year, Multicultural Development Australia hosts a wonderful free event to welcome new arrivals to our state – the Luminous Lantern Parade. The whole community is invited to take part and say welcome. The Queensland Synod has organised to take part in the parade this year. We invite everyone to come ...

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Why is Reconciliation important?

Brooke Prentis. Photo: Supplied

As part of National Reconciliation Week, Brooke Prentis reflects on why Reconciliation is important.  National Reconciliation Week 2018’s theme is Don’t Keep History a Mystery – Learn, Share, Grow.  An important theme.  Australians know so little about the history of this land.  I’m not talking about 230 to 248 years ago but from 65,000 years ago to present day.  I’ve ...

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Friday religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Royalty and religion With Meghan Markle recently baptised and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry on 19 May, the royal correspondent for News International takes a deep dive into the religious conventions that have shaped the royal family in an interview published in Insight Magazine. ...

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Cornerstone of faith: historic Ipswich church celebrates 170 years

It’s been 170 years since the first service was conducted in the Wesleyan chapel in Ipswich in 1848, giving birth to a faithful congregation who have continued to serve God at the Ipswich City Uniting Church. Join the celebrations on 29 April at 2 pm, and read church council member Ruth Duncan’s reflection to find out more about this historic ...

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