Rev runs again

 

Rev Arnie Wierenga, minister at St Margaret’s Mooroolbark has laced up the running shoes again as he trains to compete in the Melbourne Half Marathon this month. As in previous years, Mr Weirenga is running to support the work of Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA), the organisation that provides life and vocational skills ...

Thai factory acts on human trafficking report

Workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory have had their working conditions improved after the Commission for Mission (CFM) funded an investigation into their experiences.

The investigation found that more than one hundred of the workers had been trafficked into Thailand from Burma in February 2013. The workers were hit with a large fee once they reached the ...

ARPA 2013 recognised excellence in religious press

The most exciting night of the year for religious press coincided with a very important night for all of Australia this year.

As winning writers and publications in the Christian press were announced, so was the winner of the 2013 federal election.

The timing did not prevent attendees from enjoying a wonderful night of celebration and recognition of ...

Time for some spring bling

Auburn Uniting Church in Hawthorn is a world away from Eastern Uganda. Yet these communities are united by a desire to empower people to make choices that can improve the lives of women and children in the African country.

This month, Auburn UC will hold its fourth ‘Bling Fling’ sale of jewellery and other items, with all money ...

Bridport churches join forces to spread the word

In the small north-eastern Tasmanian seaside town of Bridport they certainly understand that the Body of Christ is not the domain of just one denomination.

On the first Sunday of each month the local Uniting, Anglican and Presbyterian congregants gather at the Uniting Church for a combined service under the banner of the Bridport Community Church.

For ...

Tempest at the Drop In

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A creative partnership between a professional theatre company and a UnitingCare-run amateur drama group is the basis of a new documentary premiering at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne on 8 October.  The unlikely partnership between Inotrope Productions and the UnitingCare St Kilda Drop ...

Acting for peace in Syria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freezing cold at night. Unbearably hot and dusty during the day. A desert. A tent city. Za’atari refugee camp is home for more than 140,000 Syrian refugees. Three out of four are women and children. Just over a year ago Za’atari was little more ...

Risk to freedom to protest

The Federal Government is considering banning virtually any activism which seeks to hold Australian companies to account for their business practices overseas, particularly when poor environmental standards are alleged.

Under the Competition and Consumer Act, secondary boycotts – which target a company’s suppliers and consumers rather than the company itself – are allowed when they are “substantially related ...

Church continues to debate who can say ‘I do’

At a same-sex marriage debate held at a Uniting Church last month, one thing all three speakers seemed to agree on was the fact that marriage is an institution that has undergone significant change. In response to the debate’s question, ‘Should the Church celebrate same-sex marriages?’ Reverends Peter Weeks, Dr Garry Deverell and Dr Avril Hannah-Jones offered arguments for ...

Mixed emotions to future direction

By Penny Mulvey

Many conversations about mission and property have been held throughout the synod during the past three months. Church councils have reflected on how their buildings are used within their communities.

Presbytery ministers have met with congregations and UnitingCare agencies to discuss how property is used within a regional and local context. And the Uniting our future team ...

Children with disabilities in schools – one year on

It is more than a year since the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) released their report Held Back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victoria.

The report showed children with disabilities in schools still suffered significant disadvantages, bullying, and often missed out on assistance due to funding criteria.
With the assistance of ...

Stop the donkeys

I John 3:18 – “…Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

The image above is not intended as an insult to Christians, or as a snide joke. Rather, it is aimed at the political rhetoric in this year’s federal election. Both leaders of the major parties profess Christian values, yet the plight of ...