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Abbott hits the wall at city church

WISHFUL THINKING: Pastor Scott Muir from Central Church Ipswich next to the interactive community chalkboard on Limestone Street.
WISHFUL THINKING: Pastor Scott Muir from Central Church Ipswich next to the interactive community chalkboard on Limestone Street. Claudia Baxter

A COMMUNITY chalkboard, designed as a place for people to express their thoughts and prayers, has taken on a political tone as the Federal Election looms.

Located in front of Ipswich Central Church, the space invites the public to complete the sentence "I wish the church would..."

ICC senior pastor Scott Muir said the idea behind the board was for people to share their ideas about the church and its impact on society.

But as the election campaign enters its second week, some Ipswich voters are using the space to instead broadcast their political frustrations.

Freshly scribbled on the board, is a request to ..."challenge Tony Abbott's lies".

Mr Muir said it was always interesting to see what people in the community thought, but added that the space was not really designed for political postings.

"Perhaps some people think the church should be more engaged in political issues," Mr Muir said.

"I don't necessarily think that's what we ought to be doing ... but I'm happy for people to continue to write what they think.

"We don't judge what people say and we clear the board regularly so that others have the opportunity to write new things.

"Of course, if anything horrible goes on there we're quick to rub that off."

Mr Muir said he would use peoples' comments as material for his sermon during a special Sunday service on September 8.

He said the event was aimed at inspiring people, who may have not been to church in a while, to reconnect with God and the church.

Mr Muir said he probably would leave politics out of his speech.

Topics:  alp, federal election 2013, lnp, tony abbott



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