Thursday, September 7, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
It is so wonderful to hear that the Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church has raised $250,000 in their Brick By Brick campaign to fund the rebuild of their church.
To think this massive sum of money was raised in just four weeks, however, is astounding!
From individuals purchasing one brick to larger entities buying 250, the whole community has come together, getting behind this important building that not only holds church services but also provides a local hub and meeting place for all to enjoy.
While less and less people identify as being religious these days, Christianity remains the biggest religion in Australia, at 43.9 per cent of the population according to the Bureau of Statistics 2021 survey.
I come from a mixed family, my dad a staunch atheist and my mum a practicing Christian.
When my mum and I are together, I attend church with her every week, but I have to confess, when she’s not here to keep me honest, my attendance slips.
Despite this, I love the inclusivity of the Christian Church and always try to live by its morals.
I think that’s what I love most about love the concept of the new building that will become Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church.
It is not just a space for practicing Christians, it will be open to all denominations, and it will become a central location where everyone in the community feels welcome.
And while it will of course always be a sacred space, it will also be a gathering place for merriment and celebration, a venue for everyone to get together.
This means that, while many of us do not attend church on a weekly basis, it will still play an important role in all our lives.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” (Dalai Lama)