Divestment process enters next phase

The biggest property decision made in the history of the synod of Victorian and Tasmanian has now been enacted, with more than 50 properties soon to be put up for sale.

The May 2013 Synod meeting declared special circumstances to repay $36 million in debt accrued by the failure of the Acacia College development. It also called for the replenishment ...

Methodists gather

In early September the worldwide family of Methodist, Wesleyan, United and Uniting Churches gathered in London for the World Methodist Council (WMC). The venue was Wesley’s Chapel, the ‘mother church’ of world Methodism and the base of much of John Wesley’s work in London, and his home and burial place.

This busy place near the centre of London is something ...

Pilgrimage partners

Uniting Church President Rev Prof Andrew Dutney and a delegation of Uniting Church leaders attended a historic series of meetings with leaders from the China Christian Council (CCC) in four Chinese cities from 16-24 September.

“This was a unique opportunity to share with the CCC our experiences since the formation of the Uniting Church, and to reflect on our practices ...

Community support awarded

Swan Hill Uniting Church member Jill Pattenden (pictured left) was recently honoured with a ‘Promotion of Multiculturalism’ award at the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House.

The Minister for Ageing, David Davis, presented Ms Pattenden with the award in the lead up to the Victorian Seniors Festival.

“Jill was nominated by the Swan Hill Community ...

Zimbabwe: A place for the church in election time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 15.9 million Australians voted in the September federal elections. As the results were announced Australians either celebrated, were disappointed or were simply indifferent.

The one thing we all shared on election day was the right to vote and the freedom ...

Old message for new age

In 1963, New Testament scholar and Church of England bishop John Robinson published Honest to God, a small book which precipitated a storm of controversy in the church. Many older members of the church today still remember its impact.

Robinson was motivated by a perceived mismatch between traditional expressions of Christian faith and the ways of thinking and being in ...

Call to reduce alcohol-related violence

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission has issued a joint postcard action calling for the Victorian Government to place restrictions on liquor outlets to reduce harm and improve community safety. This follows the example of Newcastle, NSW, where such measures have resulted in a reduction in alcohol-related assaults.

The postcard, supported by the Australian ...

CFM seeks board members

The Commission for Mission (CFM) is exploring ways to improve Church processes when appointing or suggesting individuals for board appointments in institutions. This includes UCA community service agencies and schools.

CFM director of relationships innovation, Adrian Pyle said there were already very good members of boards throughout the synod but improvements in processes for selecting future appointments was an ongoing ...

A sad farewell

In some cases, the divestment of property is hastening an inevitable sale. The East Boundary Road site of Leighmoor Uniting Church is one of 14 sites identified for divestment. The congregation at Leighmoor UC in Moorabbin East has been worshipping at Wickham Road for more than 15 years, but community services are still run from the East Boundary Road property, ...

Meet The Love Punks

Neomad is an Australian science fiction graphic novel set in the year 2076 in and around Murujuga in the Burrup Peninsula. The heroes of this story are a group of tech-savvy kids who call themselves The Love Punks, scrounging for satellite junk to build a craft to take them to the moon. In between idle bickering and trying to keep ...

Foreign aid concerns

Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently announced that the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) will be absorbed into the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

This news came shortly after the government announced it would cut $4 billion from the aid budget over the next four years – starting with cutting $656 million (almost 12 per ...

Head of the house

Ian Brain (pictured) has joined Uniting Housing as its chief executive officer. Mr Brain will be based at the synod offices in Little Collins St, but his task is synod-wide.

“Uniting Housing’s role is to support UnitingCare and the UCA with the provision of accommodation properties where services and mission need them,” Mr Brain said. “The State and Federal ...