PM’s Jerusalem plan ‘erases Palestinians’

Relocating Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem would be a “dangerous decision” that could destabilise peace in the Holy Land, a Palestinian Christian has warned.

Areej Masoud, who is visiting churches throughout Australia in October as part of a Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network speaking tour, said moving the embassy would have devastating consequences for the Palestinian people.

“For us Palestinians, ...

Committed to a climate conscious lifestyle

A new campaign is challenging Uniting Church members and people from other faith traditions to live a more environmentally aware lifestyle according to their religious teachings and help save the planet.

Last week, faith communities launched the Time for Living the Change global campaign with eight events across Australian capital cities, including Melbourne, and regional centres.

Participants engaged ...

Connected to country

A new landscape project at the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) Leprena Centre in Hobart aims to immerse visitors into the First Peoples’ cultural connection to country.

Over 70 people gathered to launch the Cultural Land and Playscape in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy earlier this month.

Tasmania’s Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jacquie Petrusma officially opened the ...

Children being left behind

One in six Australians under the age of 14 live in poverty, with children in Victoria and Tasmania particularly at risk of social exclusion, a new UnitingCare Australia report has revealed.

UnitingCare Australia, in partnership with the University of Canberra and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launched the Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia ...

Rallying against slavery

Once more High Street Uniting Church will be hitting out against slavery and there is still time to get involved.

From noon on Friday to 3pm on Saturday dedicated table tennis players will show off their prowess at the Mt Waverley church as they take part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

The event raises money to support eight organisations in ...

Mental Health Month – Prayer of Intercession

Synod disability inclusion advocate Andy Calder has offered the following adapted prayer for use during Mental Health Week (7 -14 October) and Mental Health Month in Victoria (7 October to 6 November).

We remember creation, breathed into life by God’s Holy Spirit:

places of beauty and brilliance,

places of grandeur and spectacle,

places of extravagant diversity.

We pray, creating ...

Balanced view of religious freedom

Australian Christians are not persecuted and religious freedom should not be used to justify discrimination against LGBTI people, a Uniting Church minister has said.

Following the national postal vote on same-sex marriage, the federal government established the Ruddock Review to examine whether Australian law adequately protects freedom of religion.

On Sunday, Pilgrim Theological College lecturer Rev Dr Robyn ...

Spirited display

Approximately 40 people gathered in North Carlton last week to view images that varied from a miniature study of a leaf’s veins to a family of elephants.

The exhibition was put on as part of Cafechurch’s Spiritus Et Locus, an event which has been running for five years as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

“The idea is ...

Finding a deeper connection

“The leaf has a song in it. Inside the river there is an unfinishable story and you are somewhere in it.”

These words, from the poet Mary Oliver, inspired Cath James and Gordon Bannon from the Loddon Mallee presbytery to create a day of storytelling and workshops on art, poetry, dance, permaculture and gardening.

Cath and Gordon named the ...

Prayer for tsunami victims

Rev Dr Apwee Ting has offered the following prayer in Indonesian and English following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, particularly affecting the city of Palu and the nearby town on Donggala.

Prayer for Palu and Donggala

Tuhan empunya kehidupan,

tatkala bumi dan air bergerak dasyat,

mengambil kehidupan dan mereka yang kami cintai.

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