Church continues to debate who can say ‘I do’

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 ...

Mixed emotions to future direction

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.

Presbytery ministers have met with congregations and UnitingCare agencies to discuss how property is used within a regional and local context. And the Uniting our future team ...

Children with disabilities in schools – one year on

It is more than a year since the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) released their report Held Back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victoria.

The report showed children with disabilities in schools still suffered significant disadvantages, bullying, and often missed out on assistance due to funding criteria.
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Stop the donkeys

I John 3:18 – “…Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

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 ...

Coach signs off in style

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.

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Rewarding effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past nine years, the Anti-Poverty Award has acknowledged the work of young people and schools within our community.

Helping to launch the awards for 2013 is last year’s recipient, Laura Egan, recognised for her work with remote Australian communities.
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On any Sunday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…The synod’s retiring real estate consultant, David Langridge, might burn up the miles on his bike. Eighteen months from his 80th birthday, Mr Langridge insists that he hasn’t grown up yet. A statement not far from the truth as he plans ...

School chaplains have ‘some time to breathe’

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’.

The ...

Roger and out

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.

Using the skills learned through a successful corporate management career, Mr Gough successfully steered ...

Australia’s shame

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.

“Even if the so-called PNG Solution ...