Questioning TAFE cuts

A petition of 570 signatures collected by Uniting Church members was tabled in the Victorian Parliament. The petition calls for the Parliamentary Education and Training Joint Investigatory Committee to conduct an inquiry into the impacts of the changes to TAFE funding. The inquiry was asked to specifically investigate the impact on access to education for disadvantaged youth and employment outcomes ...

Synod 2013

ONE big issue dominated Synod 2013 – although there were many other reports and memorable moments – and that involved the two pronged report brought by the Property Board.  The first revolved around the aftermath of the closure of Acacia College. The second centred on two proposals relating to the financial sustainability of the Synod, post Acacia College.

Rev Ros ...

Centenarian’s service

MR ALF Popple, a member of the Neale Street congregation in Bendigo, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

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This year also marks 70 years of ministry as a lay preacher for Mr Popple in the Methodist and Uniting Churches.

Mr Popple’s first appointment ...

Fond memories

VISITING Indonesian minister Rev Novita Sutanto took a host of valuable experiences and fond memories home to Jakarta when she departed the synod after a three-month stay at the end of last month.

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Ms Sutanto is a congregational minister with Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI, the Indonesian ...

Wesley Mission Victoria turns 120

ALMOST 100 guests commemorated Wesley Mission Victoria’s 120th birthday early last month.

Members of the Uniting Church, the Wesley board, staff, volunteers and clients attended the celebration at Wesley Church in Lonsdale Street, which concluded with a sausage sizzle.

For all of its 120 years, Wesley has been known as an outspoken advocate for social reform. It began life ...

Talking faith to faith

FOR the past 30 years, the Uniting Church in Australia and the Lutheran Church of Australia have shared a close relationship.

This was recognised at the UCA Assembly meeting last year, with the adoption of A Great Prayer of Thanksgiving with Commentary.

Produced by the LCA/UCA dialogue group, the booklet was launched last month in Horsham.

It has been ...

Budget hit and miss

By Nigel Tapp

THE President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, was not overly concerned about the national deficit unveiled in the Federal Budget last month.

But, the deficit of justice and compassion in a number of policy areas, particularly in relation to asylum seekers, did trouble the Church’s leader.

The Church has long advocated ...

Are your roses the proceeds of crime?

THE world’s largest supplier of cut roses has been taken to court for tax evasion by the Kenyan Government.

Indian-based Karuturi Global Ltd produces 580 million roses a year from its operations in Kenya, Ethiopia and India and supplies the global market, including Australia.

In late 2012, the Kenya Revenue Authority ruled that Karuturi used transfer mispricing to ...

Eviction for 50 families

A LEADING UnitingCare agency in Melbourne’s east has stepped in to stop more than 140 children and adults living at a 50 bed rooming house in Oakleigh from becoming homeless after its owner closed the facility.

The 50 bed property – originally an aged care facility – was transformed by its owners into an emergency housing facility for up to ...

UCA joins call for factory safety in Bangladesh

FOLLOWING the terrible tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, claiming the lives of more than 1,100 people, the new moderator, Dan Wootton, has written to Woolworths, Coles, Target, Kmart, Cotton On and Pacific Brands.

He has requested they sign up to an internationally binding agreement around building safety for their suppliers in Bangladesh. Rana Plaza included garment factories ...

Cooking up history

THE history of Australia’s longest running cookbook is being launched this month, with proceeds going to the mission of the two churches.

From Suet to Saffron journeys through the life of the 113 year-old PWMU Cookbook – the combined Presbyterian and Uniting Church publication well established with generations of home cooks and households. More than 500,000 copies have been printed.

Killing highlights Philippines’ corruption

By Berlin Guerrero

THE Astejada family was on the way to Infanta, Quezon to celebrate Pio and Amelita’s wedding anniversary when they were ambushed by motorcycle-riding men.

They just came from the Sunday morning worship at their local church, General Nakar Christian Church – UCCP. With them were their three teenage children Pamela, Samuel Bien Sandro, and Piel Amihan.

Pio ...