Synod calls on brands to sign up for worker safety

The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania and other non-profit organisations have called on Australian fashion brands to sign a critical safety accord on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse.

The collapse claimed the lives of more than 1100 workers in Bangladesh and led to a global campaign to prevent a repeat.

The 2013 ...

Wesley celebrates 125 years of community service

GAVIN BLAKEMORE

This month marks 125 years since the Central Methodist Mission was created in response to the growing social needs in Melbourne.

In 1892, the Methodist conference established CMM – which went on to become Uniting Wesley – as part of Wesley Church. Rev Alexander Robert Edgar was appointed Superintendent Minister.

In his first week Edgar led a ...

‘Full-hearted hospitality’ for those seeking asylum

JIM FOLEY

More than 60 people seeking asylum in Australia enjoyed a “great day out” at a well-attended community picnic in Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

On a recent sunny Saturday people from the Lentara Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre and the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project in Melbourne experienced the hospitality of the Harcourt Uniting Church and Rural Australians for Refugees plus ...

Remembering lives lost in Australian fields

The Uniting Church hosted an ecumenical service of lament over the weekend to mourn Pacific guest workers who have died or been injured in the Australian horticultural sector.

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan joined members of the Australian Pacific community and representatives of the Salvation Army, Catholic, Baptist, Hillsong, Mormon and other churches at the service, held ...

Reuniting families and saving lives

Uniting Vic.Tas launched two services on Wednesday that will work towards saving lives and creating safer environments for families across Victoria.

An additional $1.9 million funding from the state government will be used to deliver Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment for parents whose children are subject to a family reunification order. The money will also fund a new ...

Snakes and leaders

Emerging church leaders got an opportunity to show that they could handle anything when they were invited to pick up live snakes at the Centre of Theology and Ministry last Friday.

The snake handling was part of a three-day intensive course, which is the introduction to a new 18-month program that aims to develop leadership skills in the Uniting ...

Dignity not destitution for people seeking asylum

Thousands of people who have come to Australia seeking asylum are now at risk of losing access to critical services and basic financial support under new Government changes.

It is feared that drastic reductions to the number of people eligible for support under the Status Resolution Support Services Program (SRSS) could create enormous hardship for already vulnerable people.

The Uniting Church ...

Wicket behaviour

Book | The Character Gap |Christian Miller

Review by Nick Mattiske

The ball tampering cricket scandal has put moral character in the headlines again. While disciplinary action has been taken, deeper questions remain about why it happened – why on Earth the players thought they could get away with it and what sort of culture has allowed the cricketers ...

Easter walk stops at all stations

The Easter Way of the Cross walk around central Melbourne churches has been a major ecumenical event for nearly two decades but this year’s event had a special sense of accomplishment.

On Good Friday the walk had, for the first time, a full complement of Stations of the Cross, with St Michael’s Uniting Church on Collins St hosting newly installed sculpture of ...