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A place to share stories and advice about social and spiritual connection in this time of physical isolation and distancing.

Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church transforms Community Meals during pandemic:
Saint Andrew's Uniting Church in Brisbane has transformed its Community Meals program to ensure it can continue to provide a hot take-away meal to homeless and vulnerable members of its community.
https://journeyonline.com.au/scoop/saint-andrews-uniting-church-transforms-community-meals-during-pandemic/

Doing church differently on The Downs:
Uniting Church members at Dalby and Jandowae are learning new ways and re-discovering old ways of connecting as they respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://journeyonline.com.au/scoop/doing-church-differently-on-the-downs/

Positive community initiatives responding to the pandemic
Indooroopilly Uniting Church member Christopher Coombes shares the acts of kindness shown in his neighbourhood. He and his housemates have been delivering groceries to those who need it most. https://journeyonline.com.au/scoop/positive-community-initiatives-responding-to-the-pandemic/

Staying Connected Offline
UCA Ministers Rev Dr Judy Redman and Rev Patty Lawrence shared ideas for doing worship offline and pastorally caring for others without face-to-face contact.
https://uniting.church/staying-connected-offline/

Busselton Shines a Virtual Light 
Busselton Uniting Church shares with Revive what they are doing to help people stay connected in their community. 
“We’re trying to encourage people that we’ve all got a role to play. If you get that prompting to ring someone, act on it."
https://revivemagazine.org.au/2020/03/25/busselton-shines-a-virtual-light/

Love and Science
Rev. Michael Barnes reflects on comments by Wayside Chapel Pastor and CEO Jon Owen that love and science are the best way to deal with fear. 
https://revesbyuniting.org/?p=7215