The great debate: faith-based religious education in schools

In February, five Christians and an atheist debated at The Wheeler Centre ‘for’ or ‘against’ the statement: ‘Faith-based religious education has no place in public schools’.

A full house, as well as long lines behind the audience participation microphones, demonstrated public interest in the issue – traditionally fraught with controversy and passion – is as high as ever.

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Community building

If it is true that the Hobart North Uniting Church, on the fringe of the city’s central business district, had previously been invisible in one of the city’s best known restaurant strips, it is certainly not the case now.

A $1.4 million redevelopment – officially opened on 2 March – has transformed the site into a contemporary building which commands ...

Libs win Tasmania

Tasmanians overwhelmingly endorsed the Liberal Party in the State election on 15 March.

The Liberals won 15 seats in the 25-seat Lower House on the back of polling more than 52 per cent of the first preference vote across the five electorates. Labor won seven seats and the Greens three

Each of Tasmania’s five electorates returns five members. The Liberals ...

Family camp

Nearly 90 people (aged from 18 months to 70 years and older) gathered at Adekate campsite in Creswick over the March long weekend to spend time together having fun, worshipping God and thinking about energy and sustainability.

This was the fourth annual synod social justice family camp which offers people time to be together with other families and reflect on ...

Pancakes help find homes for the homeless

Throughout the month of March more than 400 Pancake Day events were held in schools, churches and community organisations to help raise money for UnitingCare’s Homelessness programs.

UnitingCare’s annual Pancake Day was launched in Melbourne’s Federation Square on 2 March.

More than 2000 pancakes were sold with the help of ambassadors Brian Nankervis (from the TV program ‘RockWiz’), Janelle Bloom ...

Church future questioned

The Major Strategic Review (MSR) needs your input.

Resolved at Synod 2013 to develop a strategic vision for the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, one of the first stages of the MSR program is to find out how members view the church and what they want for its future.

This process is being initially conducted through a questionnaire inserted in ...

Clean, green investment

UCA Funds Management recently announced it will no longer invest in companies involved in mining or exporting thermal coal, as well as companies profiting from unconventional fossil fuels.

The Fossil Fuel Policy has been developed in response to community concern regarding the environmental impact of fossil fuel mining.

The policy will also exclude companies that extract or refine unconventional oil ...

A sign for Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 18 March, on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra, approximately 300 members of the Uniting Church in Australia gathered for an act of public worship.

The vigil was part of ‘A Destiny Together: A Week of Prayer and ...

Federal Government funds fight against illegal logging

Many Uniting Church members have joined the campaign – run through the justice and international mission (JIM) unit –asking the Australian Government to contribute to the fight against illegal logging.

At the start of March, the Federal Government announced $1.8 million in funding for four projects to combat illegal logging in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The projects ...

UNITINGCARE Pancake Day welcomes Poh Ling Yeow (Poh’s Kitchen) as one of the new ambassadors for 2014. Now in its 12th year, Pancake Day has raised more than $1.6 million dollars for vital UnitingCare services.

Throughout the 12 years more than 35,000 volunteers have cooked and flipped millions of pancakes for the annual event. In 2014 all funds raised ...