Korean barriers finally falling


Last October, when the situation on the Korean Peninsula was on a knife’s edge, I had an opportunity to visit Germany.

I had wanted to explore this unified country for 28 years and to learn some meaningful lessons from the Berlin Wall.

The concrete barrier that physically separated the ideologically divided city of Berlin for almost ...

Bank tellers

A strategy of engaging with the big banks over the misconduct revealed by the royal commission has seen two financial giants respond quickly and seriously to ethical investor concerns.

In the wake of royal commission revelations, UCA Funds Management wrote letters expressing its concerns as shareholders to the CEOs of the four big banks, Thursday’s Ethical Consulting Group (ECG) ...

Kalkee Op Shop settles in new home

Uniting AgeWell’s Kalkee Op Shop, which provides valuable funds for aged care services in Geelong, has relocated to a new home after 17 years.

The volunteer-run enterprise  closed its doors on it previous location – 50 Francis Street, Belmont – on 15 December last year after the property was sold to developers.

Volunteer coordinator Heather Burger said the sale was a catalyst ...

Fighting to stop exploitation of children

The Uniting Church is doing important work in campaigning for the Australian government to play its part in eliminating harmful child labour, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania senior social justice advocate Dr Mark Zirnsak said.

The World Day Against Child Labour held on 12 June, highlights the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers ...

UCA people recognised with Queen’s Birthday honours

Former Uniting AgeWell chair Janet Wood has been honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Ms Wood, a current member of Uniting AgeWell’s Community Advisory Committee, was recognised for significant services to aged welfare, human rights and health advocacy.

She became the inaugural chair of Uniting AgeWell (then Uniting ...

Uniting Church hails treaty progress

The Uniting Church has welcomed Victoria’s landmark step towards negotiating a treaty with the First Peoples and urged that the process continue.

On Thursday the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 passed the Lower House of state parliament but still needs to pass the Upper House to become law.

It is the first time an ...

Fellowship of the faiths during Ramadan

It was a historic occasion at Scots Memorial Uniting Church as the congregation became the first church in Tasmania to host an Iftar dinner earlier this month.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims break their daily fast at sunset with an Iftar dinner. It typically begins with a call to prayer and eating of dates, followed by a ...

Going full circle

UCA Funds Management is backing investments that encourage the maximum use and re-use of resources as Australia faces a potential crisis in recycling on World Environment Day.

In the ethical investment group’s most recent Funds Management News Portfolio Manager Tim Starke’s discussion paper reports on how policy changes in China are threatening to make recycling prohibitively expensive.

Already ...

UCA opts in to national redress scheme

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has today announced that the Uniting Church will opt in to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

“We acknowledge the impact of child sexual abuse in the lives of those who have been abused in our institutions or those ...

Farewell to Freda Whitlam ‘a true servant of God’

Freda Whitlam, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 97, has been remembered as a lifelong woman of God with a passion for education and women’s ministry in the UCA.  

She was the ninth Moderator of NSW/ACT Synod and an influential member of Penrith Uniting Church.

Freda sat on the board that founded Western Sydney University, ...