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 ...

Corruption concerns

The Commission for Mission’s Justice and International (JIM) unit is continuing to lobby the Tasmanian Government-owned Hydro Tasmania to stop doing business with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), which is accused of operating corruptly in Malaysia.

Hydro Tasmania is a government business enterprise and its consulting arm, Entura, is one of three Australian companies working with SEB on a project to ...

Tongan National Conference

More than 1000 Tongan members of the Uniting Church in Australia, their friends and supporters gathered at Kurrajong at the foot of the Blue Mountains in June to take part in the annual Tongan National Conference (TNC). The theme of this year’s TNC – ‘The Power of God’s Love’ – was reflected in worship services, Bible studies, youth and ...

The ripples of sex abuse

how to get my ex back

By Penny Mulvey

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing private submissions from 1400 people in the lead up to the public hearings, scheduled to begin in October. These private hearings, normally before two commissioners, have been taking place across the ...

Vote for justice

how can i get my ex back

By Nigel Tapp

To say we are living in a confusing political climate would be something of an understatement. As events in Canberra take on the drama of a Shakespearean play, it would be easy to disengage from the political process. But ...

Working together to end human trafficking

The synod has formalised its working relationship with the Seafood Importers Association of Australasia (SIAA) to “work together for the elimination of human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage and the worst forms of child labour from the seafood industry.”
The moderator, Dan Wootton, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SIAA.

It states: “Both parties acknowledge these criminal ...

Change afoot

The moderator has written a letter of lament to the Church as part of an information pack that was sent out to congregations, presbyteries, agencies, schools and other UCA entities late last month. The letter (reproduced in its entirety below) refers to the need to take stock and acknowledge as whole of church the grief and pain associated with the ...

Aussie kids support refugees

Melbourne was the first Australian city to celebrate World Refugee Day, which began with a protest to free more than 1600 children held behind barbed wire and a call to end mandatory detention. The rally coincided with the Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The festival is part of the United Nations World Refugee Day ...