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Generating Regional Profiles

One of the best tools we’ve come across to help you understand your community is the capacity to generate a customised Regional Profile for any area within Queensland.  The document draws on ABS Census data along with a number of other sources and is offered by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office.

The process is a simple one, taking only around five minutes to define the area you are interested in, and then produce the report ready for downloading in PDF format.

Options (apart from defining the geographic area of interest) including choosing what sorts of data you want to consider, with choices including:

  • Demographic data including gender, age, language, culture, dwelling, family
  • Society including education, volunteer, socio-economic indicators
  • Economy including rent, income, employment, occupation, remoteness indicators
  • Industry development including building approvals, residential sales
  • Environment including protected park areas

For all the instructions on how to generate a custom regional profile, read on. Or to figure it our for yourself, head on over to the Regional Profile site and get started. Continue reading

What if…? Toowong UC’s Big Year

Photo 10-02-2015(What if? is an occasional feature, sharing real-world stories from churches and faith communities to encourage your imagination.)

Toowong Uniting Church are trialling the A Big Year digital discipleship resource in an all-age pastorate (mid-size group) meeting regularly during early 2014.

A Big Year is a digital discipleship resource being developed by a partnership that includes the Uniting Church Synod of Queensland. For more info see our summary here, or the Big Year website.

Toowong’s well established pastorate program includes a number of mid-size groups that meet regularly to explore faith, fun, food and fellowship.  The all-age pastorate is a new experiment that includes active participants of all ages, including kids.

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A Big Year: discipleship, digitally.

A Big Year is a new digital discipleship resource aimed at helping small groups explore 12 themes of Christian discipleship over a one-year period.

First developed in 2013 by the team from Postcard Radio, it’s now being further expanded in a partnership that includes the Uniting Church, Synod of Queensland under it’s Grow Faith project.

A Big Year introduces a new theme each calendar month with a short video or audio clip to break open the topic – and then invites participants to participate in a series of challenges to try and explore the topic in real life. Small groups are encouraged to maximise the opportunities to support each other and explore the challenges and topics together.

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UCA Queensland – Christmas/Advent Videos

The Uniting Church Queensland Synod has just released a set of 2013 Christmas/Advent videos containing short reflections on Christmas. The set (currently containing five videos) are now all available to watch on YouTube and download from the Synod website. Here’s an example from the set:

 

 

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.

 

Synod 2013 Presentation – Introducing the Mission Engagement Project

(Text and presentation from Uniting Church Queensland Synod meeting in May 2013 introducing the Mission Engagement Project).

Good evening Moderator, members of Synod.

My name is Scott Guyatt, recently appointed Project Officer, Mission Engagement within the Synod office.

I’d like to take a few minutes this morning to introduce my project to you, share a little of what I’ve been up to so far, and perhaps outline a couple of ways in which I hope we might be able to work together.

The Mission Engagement project has developed under the Together on the way, enriching community process, and is particularly intended to help resource our work in terms of developing sustainable mission oriented organisation. Continue reading

Mission Intro Session

This week we had the opportunity to share with a a Pilgrim Learning Community class on the topic of mission. It was an introductory session briefly covering some of the development of missiology, and in particular where we find ourselves in our thinking and action on mission in the last 20 years or so.  Pilgrim offer the class as part of their course “Talking Faith: An Introduction to theology in the Uniting Church in Australia”.

Background text is Daniel Migliori’s Faith Seeking Understanding, and I also drew on David Bosch Transforming Mission together with a range of UCA documents for more.

The basic framework we used is to point to three questions of mission:

  • Who is God?
  • What is God up to in our world (and our neighbourhood?)?
  • How can we join in?

Here’s the prezi we used to help navigate around the topic:

Thanks to Pilgrim and the class for their gracious welcome.

Re-activating Seeds of Hope

Things have been pretty quite around Seeds of Hope over the past few years.  That’s about to change.

The Uniting Church Synod of Queensland is well into it’s Together on the Way, Enriching Community planning and vision journey. As part of that journey a new project exploring mission engagement frameworks has begun.

Stories, resources, ideas and opportunities connected with church planting, fresh expressions and approaches to mission engagement that emerge from that project will find a home here at Seeds of Hope.

We hope you’ll join us as we reflect, learn and dream together.