Foreign aid concerns

Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently announced that the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) will be absorbed into the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Head of the house

Ian Brain (pictured) has joined Uniting Housing as its chief executive officer. Mr Brain will be based at the synod offices in Little Collins St, but his task is synod-wide.

Wesley welcomes Al

More than one hundred people attended the installation of Rev Alistair Macrae (pictured)at Melbourne’s Wesley Church in Lonsdale Street last month.

Rev runs again

  Rev Arnie Wierenga, minister at St Margaret’s Mooroolbark has laced up the running shoes again as he trains to compete in the Melbourne Half Marathon this month.

Call to justice

Alys Gagnon joined the Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit last month as a social justice officer (replacing Antony McMullen). Ms Gagnon has recently moved to Melbourne after working in politics in Canberra.

Grant allows new-look fare for Meals on Wheels

by Nigel Tapp Uniting AgeWell is now able to offer Tasmanian Meals on Wheels recipients a more enjoyable dining experience thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Time

Given that I’m in the habit of getting up before 5 am most weekdays, it won’t surprise you to learn that I’m not a big fan of daylight saving.

Thai factory acts on human trafficking report

Workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory have had their working conditions improved after the Commission for Mission (CFM) funded an investigation into their experiences.

Time for some spring bling

Auburn UC is asking for donations of jewellery and would like people to spread the word and attend the Bling Fling on 26 October. For more information go to: www.auburnuc.org.