Hitting out against slavery

A team of dedicated table tennis players last month rallied against slavery at High Street Road Uniting Church as they took part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

For 18 hours, 80 participants showed off their prowess at the Mt Waverley church, raising more than $10,000 towards the national campaign.

The funds raised support nine organisations working to ...

Road toll remembrance

A multi-faith ceremony of healing for those impacted by road trauma will be held at Victoria’s Parliament House this month.

Every year, the Uniting Church organises a Time for Remembering service on the third Sunday of November to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Trauma Victims.

The ceremony is also an opportunity to ...

ReGen wins award

Uniting Vic.Tas’s Mother and Baby Residential Withdrawal Service has been recognised with an Excellence in Women’s Health award at the 2018 Victorian Healthcare Awards.

The service, a key strategic initiative of Uniting ReGen and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, fills a crucial and longstanding gap in the Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) system ...

From Melbourne to Malawi

TIM LAM

As the first permanent audiologists in Malawi, Peter and Rebecca Bartlett arrived facing a mammoth task.

The couple and their three young children had never set foot in the southeast African country before, and they had to adapt quickly to a lack of resources and facilities.

“We started off doing hearing tests in ...

Being there for asylum seekers

BARRY GITTINS

Uniting Church agencies are calling for help in supporting asylum seekers attempting to make a new life in Australia.

Andi Jones, Uniting Vic.Tas manager of Lentara’s Asylum Seeker Programs in Brunswick, which are not government funded, says asylum seekers often have limited means of support.

“Those people we case manage receive $100 per ...

Centenary of tears for Tasmania

Remembrance Day in November marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice to end World War I, and Tasmanians this year have been remembering the terrible toll of the conflict on the island state.

In Tasmania, with a population of barely 190,000, 15,000 enlisted and nearly 3,000 were killed. Twice that number returned wounded.   

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Committed to a climate conscious lifestyle

A new campaign is challenging Uniting Church members and people from other faith traditions to live a more environmentally aware lifestyle according to their religious teachings and help save the planet.

Last week, faith communities launched the Time for Living the Change global campaign with eight events across Australian capital cities, including Melbourne, and regional centres.

Participants engaged ...

Connected to country

A new landscape project at the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) Leprena Centre in Hobart aims to immerse visitors into the First Peoples’ cultural connection to country.

Over 70 people gathered to launch the Cultural Land and Playscape in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy earlier this month.

Tasmania’s Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jacquie Petrusma officially opened the ...

Children being left behind

One in six Australians under the age of 14 live in poverty, with children in Victoria and Tasmania particularly at risk of social exclusion, a new UnitingCare Australia report has revealed.

UnitingCare Australia, in partnership with the University of Canberra and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launched the Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia ...

Rallying against slavery

Once more High Street Uniting Church will be hitting out against slavery and there is still time to get involved.

From noon on Friday to 3pm on Saturday dedicated table tennis players will show off their prowess at the Mt Waverley church as they take part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

The event raises money to support eight organisations in ...

Mental Health Month – Prayer of Intercession

Synod disability inclusion advocate Andy Calder has offered the following adapted prayer for use during Mental Health Week (7 -14 October) and Mental Health Month in Victoria (7 October to 6 November).

We remember creation, breathed into life by God’s Holy Spirit:

places of beauty and brilliance,

places of grandeur and spectacle,

places of extravagant diversity.

We pray, creating ...

Balanced view of religious freedom

Australian Christians are not persecuted and religious freedom should not be used to justify discrimination against LGBTI people, a Uniting Church minister has said.

Following the national postal vote on same-sex marriage, the federal government established the Ruddock Review to examine whether Australian law adequately protects freedom of religion.

On Sunday, Pilgrim Theological College lecturer Rev Dr Robyn ...