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When the Geelong East Uniting Church Tennis club (pictured) heard the news their beloved courts were to be sold as part of the Uniting our future process, Neil Lamond was at a loss about what to do next.

As the founder of ...

Greening the Church

When the Synod resolved to reduce energy use by 20 per cent by 2020, many congregations set about working towards ways in which they could live out the commitment to responsible stewardship of the environment.

Whether it is investing in solar power, retrofitting buildings or simply shopping around for the best utilities provider, church groups are increasingly seeking opportunities ...

Climate change and human rights forum

The Commission for Mission joined with St Albans Uniting Church to host a unique forum on climate change and human rights in June.

The forum brought together David Spratt, author of Climate Code Red, film maker Kim Nguyen, Charlie Ocampo of Act for Peace and Filipina nun Sister Mary Francis Anover (pictured), who discussed relief efforts and problems after ...

Welcoming signs at Hobart North

Once a month, the Hobart North congregation makes its weekly Sunday service more inclusive for hearing impaired members by offering sign language interpretation.

Generally it is a communion service on the fourth Sunday. The initiative began when the former New Town Road (and later the New Town-Moonah) congregation offered signing support to members in the 1990s.

Hobart North minister Rev ...

The age of 10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Uniting Aged Care Board, bringing together most Uniting Church aged care services in Victoria. Tasmanian services were brought under the responsibility of the Board in 2005.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, a series of morning teas have been held at Uniting AgeWell facilities throughout the two states. Director of ...

Campaign results for slavery

With encouragement from the Commission for Mission (CFM), Coles, Simplot and Nestle sent representatives to a meeting organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in May.

The Bangkok meeting addressed forced labour and human trafficking in the Thai seafood industry. The meeting was attended by representatives of other companies around the world that source from Thailand, as well asThai companies, ...

Chance to play a part

Approximately 400 people will gather at La Trobe University in September for Synod 2014.

Among the major issues on the agenda will be a report from Uniting our future and a discussion regarding directions for the Major Strategic Review. The Christian Religious Education Task Group will report their findings to the Synod and a moderator-elect will be chosen.

General ...

Beryl just happy to help

George Town Uniting Church stalwart Beryl Osborne (pictured) believes volunteers are the lifeblood of small communities such as hers in Northern Tasmania.

“George Town would not survive without volunteers but, unfortunately, people are very busy and it is not easy to get members these days,” Mrs Osborne said.

Last month she was one of nine Uniting Church Vic/Tas people ...

Balloons over Bendigo

Faith and community leaders in Bendigo stepped up last month to show their support for their Muslim neighbours.

In a move organised by the Uniting Church’s Commission for Mission (CFM), hundreds of colourful balloons filled the streets bearing tags that read ‘Racism has no place in Bendigo’.

The action was in response to the anti-Islamic black balloons which were tied ...