By Laura Lindsay, schools liaison
Uniting Church school chaplains from around the synod gathered in the tranquil surrounds of the Yarra Valley for their annual retreat in August. Hosted by the Commission for Mission’s schools liaison team, the retreat gave chaplains an opportunity for reflection and – as the official theme stated – ‘some time to breathe’.
UnitingCare Harrison in Knox has farewelled former-CEO Roger Gough (pictured). For more than 20 years, Mr Gough has overseen the development of Harrison from an agency of 10 staff and 50 clients, to 85 staff and 200 volunteers who have helped 5000 clients this year.
On Sunday 6 October, two of the lectionary readings come from the Book of Lamentations, a little known book of the Old Testament which captures the trauma the Israelites experienced as a result of the Babylonian exile.
The Uniting Church in Australia continues to be at the forefront of advocacy for the right of people seeking asylum on our shores.
In an opinion piece published on the ABC Religion and Ethics program UCA president Rev Professor Andrew Dutney commented on the latest attempt by the Federal Government to deter asylum seekers.
Crosslight, the Listening Post website, the Uniting our future program, the Moderator and the General Secretary continue to receive correspondence questioning the failures relating to Acacia College and the subsequent property sales process.
To say Antony McMullen, newly appointed director of Creative Ministries Network (CMN), is passionate about justice in the workplace would be something of an understatement. As a social justice officer with the synod’s Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit, his work often covered areas such as workplace reform for those in some of society’s most undervalued occupations, such as cleaners....
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.