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Photos from Uniting Church Queensland's post 23/07/2021

A week on from the 16th Assembly, where Assembly members and others from across the church were able to come together, despite being physically apart. We wanted to share some photos from the weekend. #dwellinginlove #uca21

23/07/2021

David Passi talks about what his community means to him.

Watch the video below to hear David Passi, from Zillmere UAICC Brisbane discuss his passions and the difference a community can make when they come together.

22/07/2021

Moderator’s Covenant Reflection

When I think of covenant, I often think of the vows that a couple makes on their wedding day. In the marriage service, the couple enters into a covenant with God and with each other. They make promises to each other and to God to live together in love, honouring each other and being faithful to each other just as God first demonstrates love to them.

Over the weekend I attended the 16th Assembly online and was reminded of the powerful statement of love that we see portrayed in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. This love that we are called to share with each other comes from God, a covenant love that comes to each of us through Christ’s sacrifice of love on the cross.

The love of God calls us to live together in patience, kindness, never envious or boasting or arrogant or rude. A love that does not insist on its own way and rejoices in the truth, a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. This is the covenant that we are called to live out with all people, to live together in peace, speaking to each other in love and holding each other accountable in that love.

If we are to truly be God’s covenant people then we need to demonstrate those markers of love in the way we speak, act and live our lives, in every circumstance.

I pray that as God’s family we will continue to put this covenant of love into action and continue to show this covenantal love to all.

Rev Andrew Gunton
Moderator
Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod

Moderator’s Covenant Reflection

When I think of covenant, I often think of the vows that a couple makes on their wedding day. In the marriage service, the couple enters into a covenant with God and with each other. They make promises to each other and to God to live together in love, honouring each other and being faithful to each other just as God first demonstrates love to them.

Over the weekend I attended the 16th Assembly online and was reminded of the powerful statement of love that we see portrayed in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. This love that we are called to share with each other comes from God, a covenant love that comes to each of us through Christ’s sacrifice of love on the cross.

The love of God calls us to live together in patience, kindness, never envious or boasting or arrogant or rude. A love that does not insist on its own way and rejoices in the truth, a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. This is the covenant that we are called to live out with all people, to live together in peace, speaking to each other in love and holding each other accountable in that love.

If we are to truly be God’s covenant people then we need to demonstrate those markers of love in the way we speak, act and live our lives, in every circumstance.

I pray that as God’s family we will continue to put this covenant of love into action and continue to show this covenantal love to all.

Rev Andrew Gunton
Moderator
Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod

Highlights of the 16th Assembly 21/07/2021

Highlights of the 16th Assembly

In two historical and joyful moments for the church, the 16th Assembly installed Rev Sharon Hollis as its third woman President and declared Rev Charissa Suli the new President-elect, the youngest and first person from a diverse cultural background to serve in the role. Read more of the highlights from the first-ever online meeting for the Assembly of the Uniting Church.
#dwellinginlove #uca21

Highlights of the 16th Assembly The first-ever online meeting for the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia took place over th...

20/07/2021

Yarning Circle Gathering 2021

“The time has come for the next generation to become prosperous shoots on the vine.”

In this video, attendees at the recent gathering of the UAICC - Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress hosted by Moderator Rev Andrew Gunton shared how First Peoples can contribute to the growth and development of the Uniting Church.

19/07/2021

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲?
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I entered into an "Eternal Agreement of the Heart" with my Creator God. A spiritual link formed with God calling me as a disciple of Christ to be Love to the world. As I wrestle each day with my humanity, the Spirit of God reminds me of the agreement we forged over 36 years ago and brings me back to my commitment to be Love to all whom I encounter.

Nicole Gregory
Principal, The Lakes College

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲?
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I entered into an "Eternal Agreement of the Heart" with my Creator God. A spiritual link formed with God calling me as a disciple of Christ to be Love to the world. As I wrestle each day with my humanity, the Spirit of God reminds me of the agreement we forged over 36 years ago and brings me back to my commitment to be Love to all whom I encounter.

Nicole Gregory
Principal, The Lakes College

18/07/2021

As the 16th Assembly came to a close, Moderator Rev Andrew Gunton offered a final blessing recorded at the Sunshine Coast where the Assembly will reconvene at Alexandra Park in 2022.

The 16th Assembly has closed in worship, including a commissioning for the all those elected or appointed at this online Assembly meeting.

A final greeting and blessing was offered by Synod of Queensland Moderator Andrew Gunton that was recorded on the Sunshine Coast where the Assembly will reconvene in 2022.

“Holy God, Holy One, Holy three,
Bless us in our gathering and our scattering.
Bless us in our decisions and our discipleship.
Bless us as we anticipate taking our leave and as we are excited for gathering together again.
Holy God, Holy One and Holy three,
Bless us, and hold us in your love. Amen.”

#dwellinginlove #uca21

18/07/2021

More wonderful news today! The motion to extend the appointment of Colleen Geyer as the Assembly General Secretary has been accepted. #dwellinginlove #uca21

18/07/2021

Rev Charissa Suli has joyfully been declared President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia. Charissa is the youngest person and the first woman of colour to serve as President-elect, and the second ordained woman.

In her response to the announcement Charissa said:
"This is truly an historic moment for the Church. This is ground-breaking that you call a Second Generation Tongan, still in her thirties. Today we move forward because of you all.

I am conscious of people, both known and unknown, who have prayed, sacrificed and struggled for this moment. But let us celebrate it and give thanks for what God has done and continues to do through your witness to Christ’s radical hospitality."

She will serve the Church as President 2024-2027.

17/07/2021

The Cooperative is pleased to have Rev Linda Hamill as the opening speaker for the second Albert Street Lecture Series on Thursday 5 August from 7pm at Albert Street Uniting Church. To learn more about this FREE event and to register, visit the website.
https://thecooperativehub.com/index.php/events/albert-street-lecture-series/

The Cooperative is pleased to have Rev Linda Hamill as the opening speaker for the second Albert Street Lecture Series on Thursday 5 August from 7pm at Albert Street Uniting Church. To learn more about this FREE event and to register, visit the website.
https://thecooperativehub.com/index.php/events/albert-street-lecture-series/

Photos from Uniting Church in Australia's post 17/07/2021

Welcome newly installed President of the Uniting Church, Rev Sharon Hollis!

#dwellinginlove #uca21

Moderator’s Medal recipients celebrate long connection with church and community 16/07/2021

Moderator’s Medal recipients celebrate long connection with church and community

For Sue and Bruce Tyson of Toowoomba, the church has provided them with an outlet to meet people and help those in need. They were both recipients of a Moderator's Medal in 2020 which was presented in 2021. View their inspiring story on Journey Online.

Moderator’s Medal recipients celebrate long connection with church and community James O’Callaghan meets Bruce and Sue Tyson, both recipients of a Moderator’s Medal in 2020 which wa...

16/07/2021

What covenanting means to me is ...

… that as a church we have the opportunity and commitment to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8) with our Indigenous brothers and sisters—just as God requires of us!

It is time for the truth of our history to be told.

It is time for us as a nation to “humble ourselves” (2 Chronicles 8:14) and confess our historic failures so that “our land can be healed”.

Rev Gwen Fisher

What does covenanting mean to you? Share your thoughts below.

What covenanting means to me is ...

… that as a church we have the opportunity and commitment to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8) with our Indigenous brothers and sisters—just as God requires of us!

It is time for the truth of our history to be told.

It is time for us as a nation to “humble ourselves” (2 Chronicles 8:14) and confess our historic failures so that “our land can be healed”.

Rev Gwen Fisher

What does covenanting mean to you? Share your thoughts below.

Leading with creativity and hope 16/07/2021

Leading with creativity and hope

When Rev Sharon Hollis was named President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia the world was a different place. On 17 July, Sharon will be installed as President of the Uniting Church, the third woman to hold the post and the first ordained woman in the role. However, she will do so in a global context no one might have predicted. Even beyond COVID-19, there are many changing circumstances in our society and in our church which have left many of us asking, what is the future of the Uniting Church?

Read her story of leading with creativity and hope in Journey Online.

Leading with creativity and hope When Rev Sharon Hollis was named President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia, the world was a...

Faith, family and service at the forefront of OAM recipient Rev Colin Baxter’s life 15/07/2021

Faith, family and service at the forefront of OAM recipient Rev Colin Baxter’s life

Rev Colin Baxter of Bribie Island recently received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his many accomplishments and his service to the Uniting Church and the community, including as a Naval Chaplain to returned veterans. Read more about Rev Colin Baxter’s story in Journey online.

Faith, family and service at the forefront of OAM recipient Rev Colin Baxter’s life James O’Callaghan meets Rev Colin Baxter of Bribie Island who received an Order of Australia Medal (...

Synod Standing Committee Update – July 2021 15/07/2021

Synod Standing Committee Update – July 2021

The Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting was held on Thursday 1 July. To inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was an online meeting. A brief summary is available online.

Synod Standing Committee Update – July 2021 Here’s a brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) meeting—held on Thursday 1 July 2021—to...

15/07/2021

The latest coronavirus update contains information on the extended restrictions across Queensland. Click below to view the latest updates https://ucaqld.com.au/download/16874/

The latest coronavirus update contains information on the extended restrictions across Queensland. Click below to view the latest updates https://ucaqld.com.au/download/16874/

14/07/2021

The church’s advocacy for social justice issues is grounded in the affirmation that all people are of equal worth and dignity.

As people from across the Synod work together to transform communities, a series of guides called Community Engagement Toolkits have been developed to assist and support local social action.

Learn how you can use the toolkits in your local community here:
https://ucaqld.com.au/about-us/social-justice-and-responsibility/

The church’s advocacy for social justice issues is grounded in the affirmation that all people are of equal worth and dignity.

As people from across the Synod work together to transform communities, a series of guides called Community Engagement Toolkits have been developed to assist and support local social action.

Learn how you can use the toolkits in your local community here:
https://ucaqld.com.au/about-us/social-justice-and-responsibility/

14/07/2021

Raymont Residental College is holding an Open Day on Sunday 25 July from 9am–3.30pm. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the Raymont difference. We look forward to seeing you there!

You're invited to Raymont Residental College Open Day on Sunday 25 July from 9am–3.30pm to discover the Raymont difference. Register at raymont.com.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Covenant—longing for more than a contract 13/07/2021

Covenant—longing for more than a contract

Queensland Synod Mission Engagement Manager Steve Drinkall reflects on the theme of covenanting and what it means for today’s Uniting Church. Read the full story on Journey Online.

Covenant—longing for more than a contract Queensland Synod Mission Engagement Manager Steve Drinkall reflects on the theme of covenanting and ...

13/07/2021

Shared life. Flourishing communities - Plenty - Life together

Our church is blessed to be in multiple locations across Queensland, and often in multiple ways through churches, agencies, schools and early learning services all working in the same community. How can we best work together to encourage, resource and support local and regional mission partnerships?

Join Scott Guyatt in this video as he explores these ideas as part of the Plenty priority: Life Together.

12/07/2021

Wesley Mission Queensland is delighted to have Rev Dr Linda Hamill speaking out at their next Albert Street Lecture. Drawing from her doctoral research, Rev Dr Hamill will be speaking on the topic: It’s a Disaster! Insights into ministry after a disaster. The lecture will take place on Thursday 5 August from 7pm at Albert Street Uniting Church.

You can register online at: https://thecooperativehub.com/index.php/events/albert-street-lecture-series/

Hope to see you there!

Wesley Mission Queensland is delighted to have Rev Dr Linda Hamill speaking out at their next Albert Street Lecture. Drawing from her doctoral research, Rev Dr Hamill will be speaking on the topic: It’s a Disaster! Insights into ministry after a disaster. The lecture will take place on Thursday 5 August from 7pm at Albert Street Uniting Church.

You can register online at: https://thecooperativehub.com/index.php/events/albert-street-lecture-series/

Hope to see you there!

What does it mean to heal country? 10/07/2021

What does it mean to heal country?

What does it mean to heal country? We hear the words of Rev Garry Hardingham as he speaks to us about how this is a week of celebrating Indigenous culture and the values that bind Indigenous people right across this nation together.
#NAIDOCWeek #NAIDOC #NAIDOC2021

What does it mean to heal country? For Indigenous people this week is filled with celebration as well as deep reflection, writes Rev Ga...

09/07/2021

All Uniting Church members are invited to watch the opening service of the 16th Assembly and the installation of Rev Sharon Hollis as President of the Uniting Church in Australia. The service will take place next Saturday 17 July at 11.30am.

Tune in on Facebook or online: https://uniting.church/16thassembly/

#dwellinginlove #uca21

In just over a week, the Assembly will install Rev Sharon Hollis as President of the Uniting Church in Australia. 🙏
You are invited to watch the Opening Service of the 16th Assembly and the Installation on Saturday 17 July at 11.30am AEST (QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, and TAS), 11am ACST (SA and NT) and 9.30am AWST (WA).
It will be streamed live here on our page and on the 16th Assembly website: https://uniting.church/16thassembly/

#dwellinginlove #uca21

09/07/2021

Over the last few weeks, family day care educators across Queensland Synod have been participating in Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and now NAIDOC Week. This is a story from an educator and how their simple display has connected with the local community.
#NAIDOC2021, #NAIDOCWeek, #HealCountry

Over the last few weeks, family day care educators across Queensland Synod have been participating in Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and now NAIDOC Week. This is a story from an educator and how their simple display has connected with the local community.
#NAIDOC2021, #NAIDOCWeek, #HealCountry

07/07/2021

This NAIDOC week we hear the words of Rev Roberta Stanley. She speaks to us about what Healing Country means to her.

06/07/2021

So fantastic to see UAICC - Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress voices and stories in the media for NAIDOC Week. Below are three opportunities to watch, listen, read, and reflect this #NAIDOC2021

Uncle Mark Kickett, Interim National Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, was part of a panel on ABC's God Forbid talking about the work of healing for Country, especially in institutions like the church. https://bit.ly/NAIDOCgodforbid

Listen as Brooke Prentis and Aunty Rev Dr Denise Champion talk on ABC Soul Search about culture, faith, and their recent trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia to walk on Adnyamathanha country. https://bit.ly/NAIDOCsoulsearch

Watch some of Aunty Janet Oobagooma and Ps Kirsty Burgu's story on ABC Compass, as they talk about the sacred connections they make between culture and faith. Kirsty is the only Indigenous Uniting Church pastor in the Kimberley. https://bit.ly/NAIDOCcompass

Artwork Credit: 2021 National NAIDOC Poster by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.

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