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The 36th Synod in Session to be held from 7pm Friday, 13 May to 12noon Tuesday, 17 May 2022. The plenary sessions of the Synod will be held in the Auditorium, Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Mari Street, Alexandra Headlands, on the Sunshine Coast.

Synod represents a fantastic opportunity for members to:

  • become involved in the discernment of the church,
  • celebrate the grace of God in Jesus through worship while hearing of the ways in which God is inspiring, guiding, shaping and empowering other parts of the church, and
  • meet new people and reconnect with friends, hear their stories and learn.

a daring HOPE

The theme for the 36th Synod in Session is “a daring HOPE”.

After the challenges of the last two years, it is easy to feel burdened or overwhelmed, and yet the writer of Hebrews calls us to ‘hold unswervingly to the HOPE we profess, for he who promised is faithful’.

a daring HOPE is based on our trust in an infinite God, who draws us to what is possible more than what is probable.

a daring HOPE is a deliberate act of our will more than an expectant emotion.

a daring HOPE is choosing to offer our finite efforts alongside the infinite resources of God, so that all things might truly be reconciled in Christ.

What is the Synod in Session?

The Synod meeting, or the Synod in Session, is a gathering of around 400 members of the Uniting Church in Queensland and happens every 18 months.

The Synod in Session has responsibility for the general oversight, direction and administration of the Church’s worship, witness and service in the region allocated to it with such powers and authorities as may from time to time be determined by the Assembly (Basis of Union Paragraph 15).

What happens at Synod?

It is not all hard work. In our Synod meeting we celebrate the grace of God in Jesus Christ and we worship God together. It is a time when we can share with one another our experience of the work of God and share hopes and disappointments. We hear of the ways in which God is inspiring, guiding, shaping and empowering other parts of the church. We commit ourselves to continue together on the way, enriched through our renewed fellowship in Christ and the commitments we are challenged and inspired to make through our own informal decisions and our formal resolutions.

Between Synod meetings the elected and ex-officio members of the Synod Standing Committee act on behalf of the Synod and deal with specific issues that come out of the Synod.

The Synod is a significant Council of the Church that exercises important responsibilities as described in the Basis of Union, the Constitution, and the Regulations. The Basis states that the Synod has “responsibility for the general oversight, direction, and administration of the Church’s worship, witness, and service in the region allocated to it” Basis of Union Para. 15 (d).

The Uniting Church in Australia calls for a synod to gather so that the people of God may share together in the successes and struggles of the ministry of the church; be accountable to one another and encourage one another. At Synod we also worship and delve into the Scriptures and the Christian tradition. We gather so that out of sacred story and contemporary experience we may discern how we might grow in fulfilling our calling as the people of God in this Synod; in all the variety of our ministry contexts.

Past Synod Meetings

35th Synod (23–25 October 2020)

COVID-19 has put us into uncharted waters when it comes to gathering across the life of the church. So, we are thinking about all those times when we usually meet and how we need to adjust the way we gather as a church.

Taking into account all the factors that are impacting on our communities, the Synod in Session due to be held in October, is a meeting were business as usual will not be possible. We will be unlikely to be able to gather in unregulated large groups for any length of time until a vaccine or a treatment for COVID-19 is found. We also must pay heed to the expectation that anybody in a “vulnerable” category is being urged not to gather except for essential services.

On 30 April 2020, the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) determined that the 35th Synod in Session will meet primarily in a virtual (online) space. As we readjust to a virtual Synod, here is a summary of what we know at this point:

  • Dates/Duration: The induction of the Moderator will be held in the evening of Thursday 22 October 2020 before the 35th Synod in Session commences at 1pm on Friday 23 October 2020 and finishes at 6pm on Sunday 25 October 2020.
  • Cost of attendance: The cost will be $100 per member.
  • Member numbers: The number of people eligible to attend the 35th Synod in Session will not be altered.
  • Reporting: Written reports will still be requested and expected, as normal. A select few will provide a live-streamed presentation at the 35th Synod in Session—specifically Synod Standing Committee, Finance Investment and Property Board, the Moderator, the General Secretary, the Assembly General Secretary and the National President. All reporting bodies be asked to prepare a pre-recorded presentation which will be available prior to the 35th Synod in Session initial meeting. Guidelines and templates for this will be distributed shortly. All reporting bodies will be available for a live question and answer session during the 35th Synod in Session meeting.
  • Renomination of the General Secretary: Will be brought as a proposal to the meeting.
  • Nominations and elections: Essential elections of members to boards and committees including to the Synod Standing Committee and nominations for the 16th Assembly will occur at the meeting.
  • Information/orientation: We plan to hold various sessions in the lead up to Synod in Session to show you around the portal, orient new Synod members and small group leaders, and prepare everyone as best we can.

God’s blessings be with you as we prepare together.

The theme for the 35th Synod

The biblical theme for the 35th Synod in Session is “grow”.

Ephesians 4:15-16 “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”


35th Synod program


Download the 35th Synod minutes.


Video reports


Procedural proposals

Proposals from reports

General proposals

General Proposals – Facilitation Team reports

Bible study

These Bible studies come to you from leaders of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress from the Queensland Synod and the National Congress. In each of the eight reflections we hear these leaders’ reflections on the theme of “Grow” and the reading from Ephesians 4:15-16.

35th Synod information and additional resources

Manual for meetings

Digital assets




The theme for the 34th Synod is “SOW” based on 2 Cor 9:6-8

We’ll be exploring how the Queensland Synod can rededicate itself to fruitful life so that we can participate in God’s abundant mission in the years ahead. We want you as part of those conversations.

Who of those among you want to be part of our vision to “sow bountifully”? As you are considering who should attend, you are encouraged to think in a culturally inclusive way–will we have a broad representation of gender, age and multi-culturalism at the Synod. We also encourage you to think of those who are passionate about the life of the Uniting Church over the next ten years, younger people and people aged between 25-45 especially should be part of this planning.

We will be considering our next planning process as we come to the end of the Together on the Way: Enriching Community journey. Reports, conversations and discernment will help shift our focus to beyond 2020 as we reflect on our journey over the last ten years.


Download the 34th Synod minutes.



Download all 34th Synod reports


Information will be added post Synod in Session.

General Proposals

Procedural Proposals

Proposals from Reports

Worship and Bible Study

34th Synod Information & Additional Resources

Digital Assets


Bible Verses



Hear from Past Attendees


Download the 33rd Synod minutes



General Proposals

Procedural Proposals

Proposals from Reports

Worship and Bible Study


The 32nd Synod minutes have been amended following notification that the results of the ballot for Moderator-Elect had been omitted from the minutes. The amended minutes can be downloaded at the link below, with resolution 16.64A being the sole amendment.

Download the 32nd Synod minutes


Now available on JourneyOnline.


Moderator Report
R01 – Board for Christian Formation
R01.2 – Trinity College Qld 32nd Synod Report
R02 – Finance Investment and Property Board
R03 – Gen Sec 32 Synod Report
R03.2 – Gen Sec Synod Standing Committee
R03.3 – Gen Sec Finance and Property Services
R03.4 – Gen Sec Uniting Communications
R03.5 – Gen Sec Project Officer Mission Engagement
R03.6 – Gen Sec SAC Ministerial Placements
R04 – Governance Nomination Remuneration Committee
R05 – Presbytery of Bremer Brisbane
R06 – Presbytery of Calvary
R07 – Presbytery of Central Qld
R08 – Presbytery of Mary Burnett
R09 – Presbytery of Moreton Rivers
R10 – Presbytery of North Qld
R11 – Presbytery of South Moreton
R12 – Presbytery of The Downs
R13 – Presbytery Finances
R14 – Schools and Residential Colleges Commission
R15 – Synod Chaplaincy Commission
R16 – Synod Ecumenical RelationshipsCommittee
R17 – Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee
R18 – Synod MultiCross Cultural Reference Group
R19 – UnitingCare Queensland
R20 – Wesley Mission Brisbane


A1 – APPENDIX I Ministerial Changes Final
A2 – APPENDIX II Appointments
A3 – APPENDIX III Ministerial Retirements and Memorial Minutes 32nd Synod Final

Questions from Reports

Question from Report R3 – GenSec 32 Synod Report – Q1
Question from Report R3 – GenSec 32 Synod Report – Q2
Question from Report R3 – GenSec 32 Synod Report – Q3

Presbytery Video Reports

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Bremer Brisbane
Central Queensland
The Downs
Moreton Rivers
Northern Queensland
South Moreton

Procedural Proposals

Procedural Proposals 32nd Synod
Roll of the 32nd Synod as of 17.05.16
Procedural Proposal 32nd Synod – 1.31 Discernment Process

Proposals from Reports

R03.2 – Proposal from GenSec Report (SSC) 2.05a
R17 – Proposal from MultiCross Cultural Ref Group 2.20b
R17 – Proposal from MultiCross Cultural Ref Group 2.20c

General Proposals

GP1 – Comprehensive Testing in CSG Areas
GP2 – Comprehensive Baseline Testing in Mining Approval Processes
GP3 – One in Christ Covenent of Intercession
GP4 – Communications from Property Committee
GP5 – The Future UCA in Qld
GP6 – SSC Communications
GP7 – BlueCare Processes

Worship and Bible Study

Synod Bible Study Outline-Final
The Norman and Mary Miller Lecture – Uniting Church Synod 2016 – Dr Neil Preston


Download the 31st Synod minutes


Bible Study 1 Janice Rees: Audio (10 MB)

Bible Study 2 Malcolm Coombes: Audio (12 MB)

Bible Study 3 Wendi Sargeant: Audio (11 MB)

Norman and Mary Millar Lecture Brendan McKeague: Audio (20 MB), Powerpoint (2 MB)

Song list

Synod 2014 song list and liturgy sources


30th Synod minutes


Norman and Mary Millar lecture Catholic deacon, Chaplain Gary Stone, speaks on the many and varied discipleship opportunities throughout his life.

Impacts of mining on communities and the environment QandA Phil Smith hosts a panel discussion and Q&A with Rev Dr David Ferguson, Dr Jim Cavaye, and Dr Libby Connors.

30th Synod Bible study 3 Trinity Theological College’s Rev Dr Malcolm Coombes explores the ministry of prayer in Luke’s gospel. Join us on the prayerful way.

30th Synod Bible study 2 Trinity Theological College’s Dr Aaron Ghiloni asks which way and whose path we, as disciples, are on? Join us on the debatable way.

30th Synod Bible study 1 Trinity Theological College’s Rev Dr Geoff Thompson asks: When have you had to unlearn ways of thinking about and relating to God? Join us on the surprising way.

Song list

Synod 2013 song list—liturgy sources web