Building relationships

Guests from around Australia and abroad gathered at the Sydney Hilton Hotel in June and immersed themselves in the colourful world of international volunteering.

Hosted in partnership by Austraining International and UnitingWorld, the evening showcased the involvement of Australian partner organisations in the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.

AVID is an AusAID initiative that deploys skilled volunteers to ...

Korean church turns 40

Australia’s oldest Korean church, the Korean Church of Melbourne, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Church held its inaugural service at Burwood Presbyterian Church on the 8 July 1973.

Rev Alan Stuart, who was present at the first service, travelled from South Korea to attend the anniversary event last month.

“The Korean Church of Melbourne was inclusive from the ...

A place to remember

A memorial service for truck drivers who lost their lives on the job was recently held at the Alexandra Truck, Rod and Ute Show.
The service was conceived by family members of the drivers, show organisers and the UnitingCare agency Creative Ministries Network (CMN).

Family Support Coordinator Bette Phillips said she approached the Alexandra Truck, Rod and Ute ...

Cooking for a cause

As spring approaches, BBQs across Australia will fire up for a good cause when the Frontier Services Great Outback BBQ begins in September. Every Great Outback BBQ event will help Frontier Services by raising money to support its remote ministry and vital community services.

Echuca-Moama Uniting Church has already signed up to host a Great Outback BBQ on 21 ...

Pennies from heaven

How much good could you do with $100?

Rather than a hypothetical question, this became a challenge for the members of Ringwood Uniting Church recently.

Church treasurer Simon Watters was inspired by articles he had read on the analysis of cash transfers by the charitable organisation GiveWell and the work of world-renowned development economist William Easterly.

GiveWell was founded ...

Calling all amateur sleuths

The Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce is seeking would-be Miss Marples or Sherlock Holmes to visit pokie venues and tell the Taskforce about how the venues are making cash readily available to gamblers.

ATMs were removed from pokie venues on 1 July 2012. There is already evidence it is having a positive impact on reducing problem gambling. Between the ...

Faith leaders turn the heat up on climate policy

By Thea Ormerod (Chair ARRCC) and Sangita Bhatia.

According to an article in The Guardian, climate change is the most divisive and toxic issue in Australian politics and is one filled with uncertainty.

The anti-carbon tax rallies which ran before the carbon price was voted through were bitter, abusive and scientifically illiterate. However prominent religious leaders recently took a positive ...

You count

As well as responding to requests to support various exciting events around the Church, I sometimes get to initiate projects that I think are important. I want to tell you about one of those: a project to re-establish a database of national statistics on UCA congregations and ministers.

That may sound dull, but I’m pumped about it.

For a ...

Wisdom’s Feast – honey for the soul

By Penny Mulvey

New Testament scholar, prolific author and former Bishop of Durham, Professor NT Wright (pictured), presented the JD Northey Lectures at Wisdom’s Feast last month.

More than 80 Uniting Church members, both lay and ordained, gathered at the Centre for Theology and Ministry for the annual four day program of teaching, creative reflection, worship and fellowship.

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Constitutional recognition

By Jill Ruzbacky

Australia’s Constitution was written more than a century ago. By then, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had lived in this land for more than 40,000 years, keeping alive the world’s oldest continuous cultures. But Australia’s founding document did not recognise the first chapter of our national story.

It mentioned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ...

Song of friendship

By Nigel Tapp

Eleven teenage girls from Tonga sang their way into the hearts of Synod staff last month at a special luncheon for visiting students and staff from the Queen Salote College, in Tongatapu. The students were in Melbourne for an exchange with Methodist Ladies College’s Middle School. They sang for attendees in the Synod chapel to ...

Busan calling

A VISITING delegation of Korean Church leaders has invited the Uniting Church to share in the spirit at the 10th World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Busan, South Korea from 30 October to 8 November this year.

The delegation, which included South Korea’s first female Prime Minister Myeong-sook Han, took part in ecumenical services at United Theological College in ...