Ministerial candidates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Uniting Church ministerial candidates were joined by ministers in training and faculty staff at their valedictory service last month. Claire Dawe, Berlin Guerrero, Ross Pearce, Temukisa Vaeluaga and Bruce Watson have now completed their studies at the Centre for Theology and ...

Sweet protest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of people gathered at South Wharf Docklands in October to join the Stop the Traffik Global Campaign advocating that Toblerone be a traffic-free chocolate bar.

The group of people from the Uniting Church, Salvos, (including small brass band) Baptists, Anglican and ...

The Order of St Stephen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Order of St Stephen began in the 1950s seeking to provide opportunities for the exercise of God’s gifts in voluntary service to the Church and the world.

Since this time hundreds of people – young and not so young – have offered themselves in this service ministry. Admission ...

Season for giving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An increasing number of Australians are choosing to buy Christmas gifts which support struggling communities overseas in the name of their loved ones. Many aid and community organisations now offer such philanthropic opportunities for those who prefer to see their Christmas money ...

Share the light

Darla had been living in her car for three weeks – a long time to live so rough. It was cold in Ballarat, which meant her nights were especially miserable.

Darla was fleeing domestic violence, afraid to go to anyone she knew for fear of being found by her abusive husband. Her self-confidence was so shaken, she was unable to ...

Betrayal of Trust

The final report of the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 13 November.

The report, titled “Betrayal of Trust”, makes 15 key recommendations in relation to reforming criminal laws, avenues for justice, organisation’s responses to allegations of abuse and prevention.

The Uniting Church, alongside the Anglican ...

Road to recovery

After-effects of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, continues to be felt throughout the region. Latest reports suggest that, in total, 13.25 million people have been affected, with 4.4 million people currently displaced and hundreds of thousands left homeless and struggling for basics to survive. Lack of safe drinking water and shelter are being touted as the ...

Church sales proceeding

Two of the properties listed for divestment in the Uniting our future program were sold to their tenants late last month. Many more on the divestment list are expected to be sold this month. Ten residential properties are up for auction in the first two weeks, 22 larger sites will go under the hammer in a single venue auction at ...

New committee to keep a watchful eye on finances

In the wake of the failure of projects such as the Acacia College development at Mernda, the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania has taken a tangible step to improve its governance model with the formation of a Finance Committee (FC) to monitor and review the financial performance of the Church.

The formation of the FC – whose membership includes former ...

Education a lasting legacy

Australia’s main military base throughout the Afghanistan occupation, Tarin Kowt, will be formally handed over to Afghan security mid-December and 800 troops will return home. More than 1000 will be home by Christmas and the entire force will have returned to Australia by the end of 2014.

This will mean the formal end to 12 years of occupation and coincide ...