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Moderator’s Musing – 17 September

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

Last week, I wrote to the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition. As we move into the next state election, I anticipate that issues like voluntary assisted dying, a potential bid to host the Olympics, infrastructure to support ongoing growth in metropolitan areas, and jobs will dominate discussions. Rightly so, because these are important matters and the Queensland public ...

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Social responsibility review – 14 May

What’s coming up May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month The Queensland Synod has identified this month as important for congregations and individuals to learn more about domestic and family violence and to create safe communities where all can flourish. Take up the Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever challenge in your community or as an individual. Free resources ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 15 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Here we are in the week of weeks. Did anyone think it would come to this? Certainly not his followers, nor the Roman authorities, nor, maybe, even the religious authorities. Some on the margins could see it; notably Martha and Simon’s sister, Mary. Also, arguably, Thomas, who said, “Let us also go up to Jerusalem that we may die with ...

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Social responsibility review – 27 March

Coming up Palm Sunday Rally – date claimer! This year’s Palm Sunday rally for peace and refugees will be held on Sunday 14 April between 2-4pm at Speakers’ Corner, outside Parliament House (corner of George and Alice Streets). Speakers will include Aran Mylvaganam, co-founder of the Tamil Council of Australia and Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer of Griffith University. This event will ...

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Synod in session experience – Gemma Ward

What prompted you to nominate for Synod? How did you find the nomination process? I first found out about the Synod after I had my first experience of being in ‘a room full of Christians’ – I was amazed, there were at least sixty people! And we were all praying and chatting and learning together! A lady at my church ...

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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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