Coming together, as ONE – Centrifuge 2018

“In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love”

On Tuesday 17 July, almost 300 members of the Churches of Christ in Queensland family gathered to celebrate what brings us together—our one story, one mission and one moment.

Over the course of the day attendees heard from a range of presenters and were left inspired, engaged and informed.

Strumming a guitar as he moved through the crowd, Steve Drinkall sang the 1971 hit by John Denver, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.

“Country roads, take me home
To the place where I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads...”

While the crowd enjoyed singing along to the classic song, perplexed faces sat in the audience, wondering what this song had to do with who we are. Steve explained that it was at the foothills of the West Virginian Mountains that Churches of Christ was born in 1832.

From there, our history has grown, and we were journeyed through where we have come from to where we are today, detailing the story of who we are and what we have achieved.

Today, our story continues and the audience heard tales from our Children, Youth and Families service, and how the Digi Youth Arts project impacted the children and young people who took part. They heard from Housing Services about how having a home can truly change the path of an individual or family’s journey, and from our Seniors and Supported Living services, and the power that making small changes to physical activity can have on an individual’s quality of life.

Guest speaker Di Feldman targeted our One Moment together, and demonstrated how we can all collaborate and work together better in our personal and professional lives.

Exploring our one mission, guest speakers Tim Hanna, Claire Madden and John Beckett provided expert guidance that inspired and enlightened, forcing us to look at ourselves and what we do.

The ONE Community Choir epitomised the meaning of the day, joining in one voice to bring uplift and joy to the audience. This is what we are each called to do as part of the Churches of Christ family.

Emcee’s Paul Wetzig and Donna Savill guided the day, which, according to the feedback, was thoroughly enjoyed by many.

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Posted September 21, 2018 in Networking blog