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Queensland Community Alliance

In recent months I’ve been privileged to witness the birth of a new initiative in the form of the Queensland Community Alliance.

Imagine:

– a city where strong churches, unions, charities, ethnic associations and other community organisations work together to implement our common values

– a community where we listen to each other’s stories, and these stories inspire us to work together to overcome the pressures we face through developing new leaders

– an alliance based upon an ethos of active citizenship, and confident of our practical problem-solving abilities and non-partisan collective power

The Alliance, modelled after similar community organising groups in Sydney, London and Los Angeles (among many other places), sees faith groups, trade unions and other community organisations join together focused on the common good. It is south-east Queensland focussed initially, with intent to grow more widely over time.

It’s not party political, but will engage with all levels of government with the aim of a better, stronger, fairer society.

It is primarily oriented around building capacity, resilience and relationship, with the ultimate purpose of making our communities stronger.  The organisations involved may share different world views, but ultimately find a lot in common as through their members they seek justice, compassion, empowerment and so on.

There is an open invitation for community groups and churches to meet the alliance and find out more.  The Uniting Church is involved through (initially) the Presbyteries of South Moreton, Bremer Brisbane and Moreton Rivers.

Check out the Queensland Community Alliance website, their facebook page, or the intro video below from its first public meeting.

 

What is mission engagement?

TOTW FootprintIn progressing toward a mission engagement framework within the Uniting Church Synod of Queensland, we’re working on language and definitions. A good starting point seems to be to wonder…what is mission engagement?  Here’s a draft response to that question. Your comments, questions and suggestions welcome.

What is mission engagement?

When we talk about mission, use a descriptor like ‘missional’ or talk about mission engagement in the Uniting Church Queensland Synod, there is an important starting point for our conversation.

The Missio Dei.

The phrase Missio Dei translates literally as the mission of God (from the Latin mittere (to send) and dei (God)).  Locked up in these words are the keys to understanding mission, to describing a theology of mission (or missiology), and to our action in mission engagement. Continue reading