Pope Francis welcomed

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed the election of Pope Francis. Pope Francis was elected to the papal office to replace Pope Benedict XVI on March 13. Pope Benedict XVI, 85, resigned from the position in February citing his age and ill health as reasons for being unable to continue.

The new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics ...

Fresh face for funds

UCA Funds Management’s new CEO, Michael Walsh (pictured), comes to the role with an extensive background in the financial sector as well as a passion for ethical investing and environmental issues. Originally trained as an accountant, auditor and tax agent, Mr Walsh went on to teach accounting at the University of Sydney before moving into several senior positions across ...

Meeting artists faith-to-faith

While some believe we are now in a post-faith era, religion continues to have a huge effect on many aspects of life – particularly in an increasingly multicultural society where globalisation has seen the world’s cultures, languages and belief systems thrown together.

This month, Brimbank City Council in conjunction with The Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network Committee (BMIN) is showcasing a ...

Capturing and harvesting energy has been a pattern of Australian life for more than two hundred years. We recycle, re-gift, switch off, hang out. However, more can still be done. The 2011 Synod made a commitment to reduce carbon emission by 20% by 2020. This challenge encompasses all congregations and institutions of the church.

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A new role for Alastair

The former President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alastair Macrae (pictured) is assisting Uniting Aged Care Vic/Tas establish the new position of Director of Mission. UAC sees the position as vital in strengthening its connection to the Church and Mr Macrae is focusing on:

  • Making clear and explicit what is meant by UAC ...

Notre Dame Cathedral comes to Toorak

Toorak Uniting Church will take to the world stage in May when it joins celebrations to mark the 850th anniversary the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  On 5 and 6 May composers throughout the world will highlight compositions spanning nearly nine centuries.

The Cathedral has invited organists who have performed at Notre Dame to celebrate this historic anniversary. Jennifer Chou ...

Reclaiming an ancient Christian tradition

By Heather Gallagher

Queenscliff Uniting Church is one of a growing number of churches throughout Australia reinvigorating the Stations of the Cross as a community art event.  This Easter will mark the first time the church has put on such an exhibition, with works set to include a mosaic fire place, which will be a feature ...

Droughts and flooding rain

As Australians battle multiple natural disasters throughout the nation, Frontier Services staff are doing what they can to stand beside people and lend a hand.  In Queensland, Frontier Services is supporting people who have been inundated with flood water at the same time as assisting others who are desperate for rain on their properties so they ...

A good citizen

Pam Adams, a volunteer with UnitingCare Wodonga, Albury Wodonga Foodshare and the Red Cross Telecross service is pictured with the Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, during Australia Day celebrations in January.

Ms Adams was recognised for her volunteer work throughout the past 33 years by being awarded the Wodonga Citizen of the Year, the 2013 Victorian Local Hero ...

United through faith in the face of Islamophobia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chip Henriss

Former Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ recent visit to Australia has once again stirred up the ugly face of xenophobia amongst certain elements of the Australian population. Driven by a near hysterical fear of what they term the “islamification” of ...

Charities unite for bushfire victims

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Nigel Tapp

UnitingCare Tasmania has provided two buses to the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) in a partnership aimed at making it easier for Southern bushfire victims to access urgently needed goods and services as they begin the task of ...

V for victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Penny Mulvey

I raise my arms to the sky
On my knees I pray
I’m not afraid anymore
I will walk through that door
Walk, dance, rise
Walk, dance, rise

So begins the theme ...