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The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod


27 March 2018


It is our hope Uniting News continues to help you grow, transition and innovate as the people of God.

Rev Heather den Houting
General Secretary, Queensland Synod

From the Moderator

Moderator's Easter message

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker's Easter message for 2018. Download here.

Moderator's Musing

In this week's Moderator's Musing, Rev David Baker weighs in on the matters surrounding the Australian Cricket team and how we can respond as Christians.

"Christian faith also knows that which this culture seems to need to repress; we’re all fundamentally flawed. It’s our job to live in such a way that lets that be true, but to also say, that’s not the end of the story." Read more.

The Queensland Synod speaks out

Over the weekend, the Uniting Church in Queensland joined 94 groups to protest about imminent cuts which will leave people seeking asylum destitute and homeless. ACOSS and the Refugee Council of Australia initiated this response, calling on the government to “take a step back and remember for a second that we are talking about people—people who have escaped war and risked death by travelling the long treacherous journey to Australia.” Regardless of our political leanings, we must all be concerned about the damage this policy will cause to men, women and children in our communities.

For more information contact Sue Hutchinson, Research and Policy Officer for the Queensland Synod.

Synod office news

Commissioning and induction service

We welcome you to celebrate with Trinity College Queensland the induction service for Rev Dr John Frederick (New Testament Lecturer), and the commissioning of Dr Paul Jones (Old Testament and Homiletics Lecturer) and Simon Gomersall (Historical and Contemporary Mission Lecturer). The service will be followed by afternoon tea.

Join us at 3 pm, 12 April at Rollie Busch Chapel, ground floor, 60 Bayliss St Auchenflower. Please RSVP by 9 April.

Lucille Korponay
EA to Associate General Secretary

Presbytery and congregation news

#TakeHeart resources available

To help spread light and hope this Easter, we have asked three members of the Queensland Synod to share their #takeheart story. You are welcome to share stories and add your own stories via social media.

Don't forget to download the following resources for your congregation available on the Synod website:

Ben Tupou
Marketing and Communications Officer, Queensland Synod

Position vacant

Pastoral Care Manager, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital

UnitingCare Queensland is currently seeking a passionate and experienced Pastoral Care Manager to minister to the community of St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, located in Spring Hill, Brisbane.

This is a significant opportunity to minister and care for the emotional, spiritual and religious needs of those engaged with the services of the hospital, as well as their carers, families and health care staff.

Please send applications to:
Pastoral Care Manager, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital JNC
C/O Secretary of Synod Placement Committee
Uniting Church in Australia (Queensland Synod)
GPO Box 674, Brisbane 4001 OR
Closing date: 2 April 2018

Kay Bittner
Chaplaincy Coordinator, UnitingCare Queensland 

April placement vacancies

The list of current vacant placements is now available.

People in specified ministries who are seeking a new placement are invited to make contact with the nominated person if they would like their names considered for any of these placements.

Rev David Fender
Associate General Secretary, Queensland Synod

Learning news

Principal’s Hour: Week Four (Simon Gomersall)

In this week’s Principal Hour sermon Simon Gomersall, Lecturer in Historical and Contemporary Mission at Trinity College Queensland shares from Ephesians 2:11-22 and explores how the gospel addresses the profound differences that divide the human race.

Though the central focus of Principal’s Hour is a sermon preached by faculty or invited guest, the community also enjoys music and hears students provide input about their academic learning and everyday life. The college provides lunch following Principal’s Hour to encourage further theological discussion.

You’re invited to Principal’s Hour 11:45 am on Tuesdays even if you’re not enrolled in one of our courses. Listen to Simon’s sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22.

Tisa Lacey
Marketing and Event Coordinator, Trinity College Queensland

Trinity College Queensland open evening

We’re hosting an open evening to give people a sense of what it’s like to study at Trinity College Queensland.

It’s free and gives you a chance to meet our lecturers, some current students, learn about Fee-Help and hear short sample lectures. Faculty and College staff will answer your questions about full-time/part-time and intensive study options for diploma, degree, and postgraduate students. For those who are going through a Period of Discernment, we’ll have an optional mini-session to explain the process for a candidate at Trinity.

We provide refreshments after the session to encourage further questions and enquires with the faculty about studying at Trinity College Queensland.

Click here for more details and to register online.

Tisa Lacey
Marketing and Event Coordinator, Trinity College Queensland

Abundant Justice and Prophetic Imagination

Abundant Justice will provide an opportunity to inspire fresh thinking about living in a world of increasing complexity and rapid change, to seek insights into our prophetic vision for how the world could be, and to ask ourselves deeper questions, like how do we form, nurture, or participate in our communities in life-giving ways? This event is held 16–18 July. Register now for early bird tickets.

Speakers include Rev Matthew Anstey, Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard, Rev Peter Catt, Dr Peter Kline, with special events featuring sociologist John Carroll, Pirate Church and Michael Leunig. Additional masterclasses on Thursday (19 July) on transforming community and transforming leadership.

Event organanised by Anglican Church of Southern Queensland.

Scott Guyatt
Director, Mission Innovation, Queensland Synod

Reaching out and speaking out

Speak up about refugee protection needs

Do you want to raise concerns with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) about issues facing refugee communities overseas?

Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), Bernice Kamikazi, Simon Sang Hre and other Australian NGO and refugee advocates are now gathering information on issues to raise at the 2018 UNHCR NGO consultations and associated meetings in Geneva in late June.

Read more about these meetings and the issues raised by Australian NGOs in past years here. To contribute your ideas of issues to be raised, go to RCOA’s website to download the submission page. Deadline is 30 April.

Justice for all?

The Justice Project is the Law Council’s national review into the state of access to justice for people in Australia who face significant economic and social disadvantage. It is being overseen by a Steering Committee of eminent lawyers, jurists and academics, chaired by former High Court Chief Justice, the Hon Robert French AC. It concentrates on 13 groups experiencing significant social and economic disadvantage including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, older persons, homeless persons, recent arrivals to Australia and people seeking asylum. Their latest project progress report was released this month.

Sue Hutchinson
Research and Policy Officer, Queensland Synod

Assembly news

Easter—new life, new beginnings!

If you’re not a fan of chocolate or just looking for an alternative ethical gift this Easter, look no further than the range of meaningful gifts at Everything in Common.

Each card represents a gift that goes directly towards a life-changing UnitingWorld project. Buy a gift, dedicate it to a loved one and you'll help create the kind of world we'd all like to be part of this Easter!

Fiona Johnson
Fundraising and Marketing Manager, UnitingWorld