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 ...

Stepping into the role of Moderator

EVERY day, five days a week, Dan Wootton walks four kilometres to his local station and catches the train to work. As we enter into winter and the days are getting shorter, it is dark by the time Dan steps off the train at the end of the day to walk the four kilometres back home.

But the road home ...

Two principals

ANDY Müller was installed as the new principal of Launceston’s Scotch Oakburn College, a Uniting Church day and boarding school

for boys and girls in April.

And the following month the man he replaced, Andrew Barr, was officially installed as the 11th principal in the 152-year history of The Geelong College.

Both installations were conducted by the ex-moderator of the ...

Deadly secrets

A RESEARCH report released by the Uniting Church’s Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit – Secrecy Jurisdictions, theASX100 and Public Transparency – found 61 of the top 100 Australian companies currently have subsidiaries operating in secrecy jurisdictions.

These include countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Jersey, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Panama, Samoa, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

The (JIM) ...

Protection polices a big step forward

Official policies are now in place on how to respond to anyone in congregations with a propensity for sexual offending. The Creating a Safe Environment for Children and Vulnerable Adults (CSECVA) policies are the next move by the Culture of Safety unit to establish a best practice identification, response and reporting process to prevent sexual abuse in congregations within the ...

Advocate facing prison

Moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson has written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, seeking his intervention for a human rights defender in Thailand.  Anti-trafficking researcher, Andy Hall, a British national, is facing lengthy imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million for publicly discussing research conducted for Finnwatch, a Finish non-government organisation.

Mr Hall, who previously partnered with ...

Pope Francis welcomed

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed the election of Pope Francis. Pope Francis was elected to the papal office to replace Pope Benedict XVI on March 13. Pope Benedict XVI, 85, resigned from the position in February citing his age and ill health as reasons for being unable to continue.

The new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics ...

Fresh face for funds

UCA Funds Management’s new CEO, Michael Walsh (pictured), comes to the role with an extensive background in the financial sector as well as a passion for ethical investing and environmental issues. Originally trained as an accountant, auditor and tax agent, Mr Walsh went on to teach accounting at the University of Sydney before moving into several senior positions across ...

Meeting artists faith-to-faith

While some believe we are now in a post-faith era, religion continues to have a huge effect on many aspects of life – particularly in an increasingly multicultural society where globalisation has seen the world’s cultures, languages and belief systems thrown together.

This month, Brimbank City Council in conjunction with The Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network Committee (BMIN) is showcasing a ...

Capturing and harvesting energy has been a pattern of Australian life for more than two hundred years. We recycle, re-gift, switch off, hang out. However, more can still be done. The 2011 Synod made a commitment to reduce carbon emission by 20% by 2020. This challenge encompasses all congregations and institutions of the church.

Go to: ...