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.
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.var hupso_services_c=new ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.