At a same-sex marriage debate held at a Uniting Church last month, one thing all three speakers seemed to agree on was the fact that marriage is an institution that has undergone significant change. In response to the debate’s question, ‘Should the Church celebrate same-sex marriages?’ Reverends Peter Weeks, Dr Garry Deverell and Dr Avril Hannah-Jones offered arguments for ...
By Penny Mulvey
Many conversations about mission and property have been held throughout the synod during the past three months. Church councils have reflected on how their buildings are used within their communities.
The image above is not intended as an insult to Christians, or as a snide joke. Rather, it is aimed at the political rhetoric in this year’s federal election. Both leaders of the major parties profess Christian values, yet the plight of ...
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar First XVIII football coach Ken Fletcher (pictured) has celebrated his retirement from the role by returning the Associated Grammar Schools’ championship shield to the school. The Uniting Church school beat Trinity Grammar by three points on 27 July to cap off an unbeaten season and record the school’s 10th shield win under Mr Fletcher.
By Laura Lindsay, schools liaison
Uniting Church school chaplains from around the synod gathered in the tranquil surrounds of the Yarra Valley for their annual retreat in August. Hosted by the Commission for Mission’s schools liaison team, the retreat gave chaplains an opportunity for reflection and – as the official theme stated – ‘some time to breathe’.
UnitingCare Harrison in Knox has farewelled former-CEO Roger Gough (pictured). For more than 20 years, Mr Gough has overseen the development of Harrison from an agency of 10 staff and 50 clients, to 85 staff and 200 volunteers who have helped 5000 clients this year.
The Uniting Church in Australia continues to be at the forefront of advocacy for the right of people seeking asylum on our shores.
In an opinion piece published on the ABC Religion and Ethics program UCA president Rev Professor Andrew Dutney commented on the latest attempt by the Federal Government to deter asylum seekers.