Slave traders arrested in Thailand

The Democratic Voice of Burma has reported that Thai authorities recently arrested three leading members of a Burmese human trafficking gang. The gang is responsible for selling hundreds of its fellow countrymen into slavery and murdering dozens of people.

According to the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, forces from the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) arrested ...

Books and voices that challenge

Questions relating to faith, purpose and mission were recurring themes at the annual Australian Book of the Year awards held in Melbourne last month.

Forged with Flames, a true story of courage and survival (Wild Dingo Press 2012)  by Ann Fogarty and Anne Crawford was awarded the 2013 Australian Christian Book of the Year.

This biographical account tells the deeply ...

Changing leadership at Frontier Services

After 18 years extending John Flynn’s ‘mantle of safety’ throughout inland Australia, the national director of Frontier Services, Rosemary Young, has retired.

Under Ms Young’s leadership, Frontier Services has expanded its ministry and community services, making an enormous difference in the lives of tens of thousands of Australians living in remote and regional areas.

Frontier Services employs staff in 120 ...

Ken Sumner begins role as NATISEC director

Former national chairperson and Victoria state director for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), Rev Ken Sumner, was recently appointed the director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) at the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).

Mr Sumner, who was ordained in the Uniting Church in 1998, comes from the Ngarrindjeri people ...

High cost of fashion

Specialty Fashion Group (Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and City Chic) is the latest Australian company to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord. The Accord has been developed by local and global unions and labour rights organisations.

Specialty Fashion Group signed after being targeted for community action, including letters from Uniting Church members and moderator Dan Wootton. More than ...

Tackling greed and poverty

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission is inviting Uniting Church members to explore social justice issues at two upcoming conventions held in Melbourne and Tasmania.

In Melbourne, at the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 5 October, presentations and workshops will cover the increasing threat corporations pose upon human rights.

“Such greed stands in ...

MLC governance review completed

The Board of Uniting Church school, MLC, last month released the independent review of its governance structure, commissioned in the wake of the furore over its termination of long standing principal, Rosa Storelli last year.

The 40 page report, by Libby Klein of Moores Legal, was considered by the Board at its August meeting, before the Uniting Church received the ...

UnitingCare appalled at children behind bars

UnitingCare Tasmania has described the detention of an 11-year-old boy at Pontville, near Hobart, as appalling. The boy is one of about 300 unaccompanied male minors being detained at the former army camp, north of the Tasmanian capital.

It was revealed last month that the boy is the youngest unaccompanied minor currently being held in detention. He is at the ...

The meeting place

On the first day of winter, The Meeting Place at Kinglake West was officially opened. Inside it was a warm and welcoming event as people heard of the story behind the building from concept to reality.

The small wooden church at Kinglake West became a focal point for the community after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. A large tent ...

New CEO for Cutting Edge

James (Jim) Golden-Brown (pictured) has joined UnitingCare Cutting Edge as the agency’s new chief executive officer. Mr Golden-Brown has experience in three tiers of government, including the former Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Brisbane City Council, Department of Social Security and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

A descendent from the Yuin Nation on the south ...

100 not out

Cobram Uniting Church minister Rev Tom Tali Kapen (pictured left) was joined by Rev Dr Randall Prior (centre) and Rev Scott Finlay to welcome more than 120 people to the centenary of the official opening of Cobram Uniting Church in May. This concluded a year of celebration for the church, which included a special service to commemorate the laying ...

Uniting our future

Property evaluation framework and process

By Robert Costa
Chairperson Uniting our future Project Control Group

The Project Control Group (PCG) has endorsed a property evaluation framework and consultative process, both of which have been approved by the Property Board. All property assets considered for divestment will be evaluated through this framework, which takes into consideration missional and ...