Stoles for Fiji

One of the most striking images of the new look of the Methodist Church in Fiji are the elaborate stoles unveiled as part of the church’s first national gathering for seven years in August.

Designed and made by Uniting Church ministers Rev Chris and Rev Eseta Meneilly, the stoles were unveiled at the national conference’s induction service and will be ...

Love song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pilot-music therapy program offered by Uniting AgeWell represents much more than a treatment strategy for David Ross Smith. For the music teacher from Glen Iris, the program is a practical way to ensure the legacy of his late-partner, Rev David Hodges, ...

Connecting with youth

Young filmmaker Dieter Knierim is this year’s recipient of the Connections UnitingCare Anti-Poverty Award.

Mr Knierim’s film Unfinished Business highlights issues faced by Indigenous people in far north Queensland living with a disability.  The film was created after Mr Knierim became involved with the First People’s Disability Network.

“Many people are unaware of the fact that there are a significant ...

Greed no longer good

Richard Denniss, head of the Australian Institute, told Uniting Church members at the Melbourne Justice and International Mission convention that companies have realised the ‘greed is good’ mantra no longer washes with the community.

Despite this, Dr Denniss warned attendees at the Centre for Theology and Ministry it is still far too easy for organisations to get away with unscrupulous ...

Youth program hit hard

Twenty-six properties in Yarra Yarra Presbytery are listed for divestment. West Hawthorn Uniting Church is an example of the way the sale of properties is also impacting the wider community and ecumenical partners.

In 2009, the congregation at West Hawthorn UC allowed their hall to be used by Hawthorn West Baptist church during the renovation of their own church ...

Moves to stem money laundering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit of the Commission for Mission has made a submission to an inquiry by the Australian government into tightening Australia’s anti-money laundering laws.

The government is proposing to increase the responsibilities of banks, casinos and money transfer ...

Coles moves on Thai labour

Coles is working on tackling forced labour and human trafficking issues in the seafood, fruit and vegetable industries in Thailand. The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission has been using its local contacts to assist Coles in bringing these practices to an end.

Coles has a strict suppliers Code forbidding the use of forced and ...

Divestment process enters next phase

The biggest property decision made in the history of the synod of Victorian and Tasmanian has now been enacted, with more than 50 properties soon to be put up for sale.

The May 2013 Synod meeting declared special circumstances to repay $36 million in debt accrued by the failure of the Acacia College development. It also called for the replenishment ...

Methodists gather

In early September the worldwide family of Methodist, Wesleyan, United and Uniting Churches gathered in London for the World Methodist Council (WMC). The venue was Wesley’s Chapel, the ‘mother church’ of world Methodism and the base of much of John Wesley’s work in London, and his home and burial place.

This busy place near the centre of London is something ...

Pilgrimage partners

Uniting Church President Rev Prof Andrew Dutney and a delegation of Uniting Church leaders attended a historic series of meetings with leaders from the China Christian Council (CCC) in four Chinese cities from 16-24 September.

“This was a unique opportunity to share with the CCC our experiences since the formation of the Uniting Church, and to reflect on our practices ...