UC joins alcohol policy coalition

The Uniting Church was recently invited to join the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition. The VicTas synod will join several organisations campaigning to reduce alcohol misuse in the community. Coalition members include the Australian Drug Foundation, Cancer Council Victoria, Heart Foundation Victoria and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.

The coalition is currently working to restrict marketing directed at teens, ensuring ...

Members of St Stephens Uniting Church in Williamstown in a very public display of anger at the decision to sell their property. Their ‘mock’ for sale sign includes items such as ‘Relief Centre’, ‘Brain Gym’ and ‘Lunch Group’ – just some of the services they feel will be lost with the closure of their church.

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Inroads alleviating poverty

The Andean band Inka Marka (pictured) provided some lively musical entertainment at a recent event held by the Aireys Inlet Uniting Church.

To mark the United Nations International Year of Quinoa, attendees filled the Aireys Inlet community hall to hear former World Vision sustainable food production project coordinator Dr Paul Woods.

Noted for its nutritional value and ability to ...

A new challenge for Isabel

Former moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson (pictured) said she hadn’t considered the position of associate general secretary before being tapped on the shoulder by the placements committee earlier this year.

“This is not where I expected to be but, then again, I did not know where I intended to be (after stepping down as the moderator at the May Synod),” ...

CMN program under pressure for funding

One of Australia’s most highly specialised social services is in difficulty as government funding has been significantly reduced. The Work-Related Grief Support program, operated by the UnitingCare agency Creative Ministries Network (CMN), provides grief support to family members whose loved ones have died through work-related causes.

CMN director Antony McMullen (pictured) said the program was unique because it offered ...

Stoles for Fiji

One of the most striking images of the new look of the Methodist Church in Fiji are the elaborate stoles unveiled as part of the church’s first national gathering for seven years in August.

Designed and made by Uniting Church ministers Rev Chris and Rev Eseta Meneilly, the stoles were unveiled at the national conference’s induction service and will be ...

Love song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pilot-music therapy program offered by Uniting AgeWell represents much more than a treatment strategy for David Ross Smith. For the music teacher from Glen Iris, the program is a practical way to ensure the legacy of his late-partner, Rev David Hodges, ...

Connecting with youth

Young filmmaker Dieter Knierim is this year’s recipient of the Connections UnitingCare Anti-Poverty Award.

Mr Knierim’s film Unfinished Business highlights issues faced by Indigenous people in far north Queensland living with a disability.  The film was created after Mr Knierim became involved with the First People’s Disability Network.

“Many people are unaware of the fact that there are a significant ...

Greed no longer good

Richard Denniss, head of the Australian Institute, told Uniting Church members at the Melbourne Justice and International Mission convention that companies have realised the ‘greed is good’ mantra no longer washes with the community.

Despite this, Dr Denniss warned attendees at the Centre for Theology and Ministry it is still far too easy for organisations to get away with unscrupulous ...

Youth program hit hard

Twenty-six properties in Yarra Yarra Presbytery are listed for divestment. West Hawthorn Uniting Church is an example of the way the sale of properties is also impacting the wider community and ecumenical partners.

In 2009, the congregation at West Hawthorn UC allowed their hall to be used by Hawthorn West Baptist church during the renovation of their own church ...

Moves to stem money laundering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit of the Commission for Mission has made a submission to an inquiry by the Australian government into tightening Australia’s anti-money laundering laws.

The government is proposing to increase the responsibilities of banks, casinos and money transfer ...

Coles moves on Thai labour

Coles is working on tackling forced labour and human trafficking issues in the seafood, fruit and vegetable industries in Thailand. The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission has been using its local contacts to assist Coles in bringing these practices to an end.

Coles has a strict suppliers Code forbidding the use of forced and ...