The day three became one

Forty years ago today the Uniting Church in Australia was born when Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists proclaimed their union at a worship service in the Sydney Town Hall.

The first half of the service was broadcast nationally by ABC Television, but it was the sense of camaraderie which accompanied the day many people fondly recall.

Former Associate General Secretary Peter ...

A national approach to combating elder abuse


UnitingCare Australia has voiced its support for a national approach to combating elder abuse following the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) elder-abuse report.

The Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response report was published last Thursday on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and outlined 43 recommendations to safeguard older people from abuse.

The 428 ...

Food, faith and friendship

As I write, I am busy preparing for celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church (which will be over by the time you read this). At the same time I have been privileged to be invited, as a UCA representative, to attend several Iftar dinners. An Iftar dinner is the meal Muslims share each ...

Where is the Uniting Church heading, and how will we find our way?


ROHAN PRYOR

“I see growing faith and abundant hope all over the place,” Dr Deidre Palmer, president-elect of the Uniting Church Assembly said.

“I see Uniting Church worship that impassions people to go out, emboldened to live God’s good news in the world. And I see the Uniting Church in many diverse ways forming disciples ...

Jennifer Byrnes to take on missional leadership role

Rev Dr Jennifer Byrnes has been appointed as the inaugural executive officer of the Mission and Capacity Building Unit (working title).

The new unit assumes responsibility for all missional-based synod functions, including the Commission for Mission,

the Centre for Theology & Ministry (CTM), administrative support for the Placements Committee, and some Board of Mission and Resourcing ...

VicTas child safe website LIVE


Moderator Sharon Hollis presses the computer key to launch the brand new Keeping Children Safe website: ucavictas.org.au/keepingchildrensafe/

Many congregations have waited several months for this website. In a letter to congregations announcing the new website, the Culture of Safety team thanked the Church for its patience and expressed gratitude for the excellent ...

The ABCs of Copyright

Is your church or organisation aware of its obligations in relation to copyright laws? Just because an image can be downloaded from the internet does not mean you can project it free of charge. The same applies to short excerpts from movies and playing music at church events outside of worship services.

Different units within ...

Group has a thirst to support Lenten appeal


NIGEL TAPP

PROCEEDS from the second CD produced by Hobart music group Thirsty Ground will aid the work of the synod’s Lenten Offering appeal.

Last year Thirsty Ground received a $13,500 Lenten Offering grant to assist its performance program and make its second CD. The group’s leader, experienced Hobart singer-songwriter John Coleman, said members were ...

Presbyteries in transition

PENNY MULVEY

Sixty representatives from across the presbyteries and synod gathered at the Centre for Theology & Ministry last month to hear about progress relating to future plans for the presbyteries.

At the June 2016 Synod meeting a resolution was passed to establish a Presbytery Transition Team (PTT) which would work closely with the Strategic Review Implementation Team ...

Church agencies step up humanitarian response


UnitingWorld has been selected to be part of a new Australian government partnership to better equip Pacific communities to manage natural disasters.

The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), launched by Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop on Friday, will see the Australian government commit $50 million over five years to improve disaster preparedness in Pacific countries.

The Indo-Pacific ...