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 ...

This typical Australian outback landscape might be the last place people would expect to find a UCA school.  Yirramalay, Wesley Studio School in Western Australia’s Kimberleys , is a collaborative effort between Wesley College and the local Indigenous community. In this month’s centre spread, we speak to UCA school chaplains about education, social justice, faith and ministry.

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Daniel sets up camp

With more than 30 years’ experience in outdoor education and small business, Daniel Murray brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his new position as Uniting Church Camping’s (UCC) General Manager-Business Development.

Appointed late last year, the former Merricks Lodge site manager is tasked with supporting the existing three businesses in the eastern region – Merricks Lodge, ...

AC gong to leading UC scholar

By Penny Mulvey

Former President of the Uniting Church, Rev Professor James Haire AM, has been awarded Australia’s highest honour, the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia in this year’s Honours List.

Prof Haire was awarded the AC ‘for eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of ...

Filipino Christians threatened

In March last year the Synod Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit requested Uniting Church members write to Filipino authorities following the murder of Jimmy Liguyon.

Jimmy Liguyon (right), a government official and United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) member, was murdered after refusing to sign papers allowing the increase of local mining operations.

His ...

“The Uniting Church for me is family”

Penny Mulvey spoke with Rev Prof James Haire (pictured) on the eve of the announcement of the Australia Day 2013 Honours’ List.

P: Professor Haire, congratulations on your award.

J: I am absolutely amazed. I received an AM some years ago and I thought that would be it. So was quite amazed when this came through, ...