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The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod


3 April 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 General Secretary

ACNC error

On 20 March 2018, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) emailed some registered charities to inform them of an error on their part which caused data to be published on the Australian Government's data website. The data was a yes/no response to a question on related party transaction policies and processes which was part of the 2016 annual information statement. For those who received this email, it can be disregarded as no action is required.

For more information, please contact Belinda, Governance Secretary, Queensland Synod.

From the Moderator

Monday morning prayer

Join us for the Monday morning prayer during April.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Loving God, strengthen us to overcome our fear so that we can be present to those who are mourning. Amen

“Being Uniting in a polarising world”

A space for reflection in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (sponsored the by Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee).
18 May Karana Downs Uniting Church, 180 Swenson’s Rd Mt. Crosby from 10 am–4 pm. Cost: $15 (lunch provided).

There will be presentations on three themes—Founding stories and enlivening myths: what inspired us to be uniting; Dry gullies and pathways: what we’ve learned along the way; Ecumenism as evangelisation: how the ecumenical imperative is good news, with opportunities for private space and communal discernment.

Please RSVP to Kristine Bromiley via email  or contact 3377 9705 by 11 May.

Presbytery and congregation news

Grant applications now open!

Are you a Queensland Uniting Church with a great missional idea to transform families in your care or community? Do you have a plan for connecting to community? Have you a strategy to help nurture people in the faith?

If so, you can apply for funds from the Redcliffe Uniting Community Fund! Applications are now open and close 11 May for June 2018 distribution. Download the application form from our website.

Paul Clark
Minister, Redcliffe Uniting Church 

Learning news

Principal’s Hour: Week Five (Paul Jones)

This week Old Testament Lecturer Paul Jones shares from Ephesians 3:1-13, exploring how even the Apostle Paul got distracted by the wonder of the gospel.

Though the central focus of Principal’s Hour is a sermon preached by faculty or invited guest, the community also enjoys music and hears input from students 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 Paul’s sermon on Ephesians 3:1-13

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