Tackling greed and poverty

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission is inviting Uniting Church members to explore social justice issues at two upcoming conventions held in Melbourne and Tasmania.

In Melbourne, at the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 5 October, presentations and workshops will cover the increasing threat corporations pose upon human rights.

“Such greed stands in ...

MLC governance review completed

The Board of Uniting Church school, MLC, last month released the independent review of its governance structure, commissioned in the wake of the furore over its termination of long standing principal, Rosa Storelli last year.

The 40 page report, by Libby Klein of Moores Legal, was considered by the Board at its August meeting, before the Uniting Church received the ...

UnitingCare appalled at children behind bars

UnitingCare Tasmania has described the detention of an 11-year-old boy at Pontville, near Hobart, as appalling. The boy is one of about 300 unaccompanied male minors being detained at the former army camp, north of the Tasmanian capital.

It was revealed last month that the boy is the youngest unaccompanied minor currently being held in detention. He is at the ...

The meeting place

On the first day of winter, The Meeting Place at Kinglake West was officially opened. Inside it was a warm and welcoming event as people heard of the story behind the building from concept to reality.

The small wooden church at Kinglake West became a focal point for the community after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. A large tent ...

New CEO for Cutting Edge

James (Jim) Golden-Brown (pictured) has joined UnitingCare Cutting Edge as the agency’s new chief executive officer. Mr Golden-Brown has experience in three tiers of government, including the former Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Brisbane City Council, Department of Social Security and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

A descendent from the Yuin Nation on the south ...

100 not out

Cobram Uniting Church minister Rev Tom Tali Kapen (pictured left) was joined by Rev Dr Randall Prior (centre) and Rev Scott Finlay to welcome more than 120 people to the centenary of the official opening of Cobram Uniting Church in May. This concluded a year of celebration for the church, which included a special service to commemorate the laying ...

Uniting our future

Property evaluation framework and process

By Robert Costa
Chairperson Uniting our future Project Control Group

The Project Control Group (PCG) has endorsed a property evaluation framework and consultative process, both of which have been approved by the Property Board. All property assets considered for divestment will be evaluated through this framework, which takes into consideration missional and ...

Building relationships

Guests from around Australia and abroad gathered at the Sydney Hilton Hotel in June and immersed themselves in the colourful world of international volunteering.

Hosted in partnership by Austraining International and UnitingWorld, the evening showcased the involvement of Australian partner organisations in the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.

AVID is an AusAID initiative that deploys skilled volunteers to ...

Korean church turns 40

Australia’s oldest Korean church, the Korean Church of Melbourne, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Church held its inaugural service at Burwood Presbyterian Church on the 8 July 1973.

Rev Alan Stuart, who was present at the first service, travelled from South Korea to attend the anniversary event last month.

“The Korean Church of Melbourne was inclusive from the ...

A place to remember

A memorial service for truck drivers who lost their lives on the job was recently held at the Alexandra Truck, Rod and Ute Show.
The service was conceived by family members of the drivers, show organisers and the UnitingCare agency Creative Ministries Network (CMN).

Family Support Coordinator Bette Phillips said she approached the Alexandra Truck, Rod and Ute ...

Cooking for a cause

As spring approaches, BBQs across Australia will fire up for a good cause when the Frontier Services Great Outback BBQ begins in September. Every Great Outback BBQ event will help Frontier Services by raising money to support its remote ministry and vital community services.

Echuca-Moama Uniting Church has already signed up to host a Great Outback BBQ on 21 ...

Pennies from heaven

How much good could you do with $100?

Rather than a hypothetical question, this became a challenge for the members of Ringwood Uniting Church recently.

Church treasurer Simon Watters was inspired by articles he had read on the analysis of cash transfers by the charitable organisation GiveWell and the work of world-renowned development economist William Easterly.

GiveWell was founded ...