Budget has no surplus of compassion, UCA leaders say

UCA President of the National Assembly Dr Deidre Palmer has responded to the 2019 federal Budget by encouraging Australians to put the urgent needs of others ahead of short-term self-interest.

The Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Canberra on 2 April, has promised $158 billion in income tax cuts over a decade on the back of projected surpluses ...

Double Take: Joy Han and Jiny Lee

Joy Han

I grew up in country NSW and Victoria, attending country UC congregations. My family were typically the only ethnic Koreans around for miles. I think that is not common among the other ethnic Koreans I have met, especially from the city.

I came to Melbourne to study at university and joined the Korean Church of ...

UCA given green light to be in Redress Scheme

 

The Uniting Church in Australia has been officially included in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP today notified the Church that it has met the requirements to commence participation in the Scheme.

President Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed ...

UCA calls for end of gas tax loophole

Gas producers aren’t paying a fair share of tax and the government’s plans to cut back their future concessions do not go far enough, Synod’s Senior Social Justice Advocate Mark Zirnsak says.

In November, the government announced it would close a loophole allowing gas explorers to reduce the tax on offshore projects by transferring the deductions claimed against ...

A voice for justice and hope

The Uniting Church in Australia has released a comprehensive vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation ahead of the looming federal election.

The statement Our Vision for a Just Australia is a resource that will assist Church members think about major issues, hold group discussions or host public forums with local candidates ahead of the election, predicted to ...

Help them get their hands dirty

As part Uniting’s 2019 Lenten Offering, Benalla Uniting Church is asking for support to help its community garden reach full bloom.

The six-month-old Benalla Central Community Garden aims to create a stronger connection between the church and community by encouraging locals to try their hand at growing fruit and vegetables.

Produce from the garden is used ...

Plenty to cheer about for Pilgrim graduates

Pilgrim Theological College’s contingent of graduates might not have been the largest cohort attending Friday’s University of Divinity ceremony, but what they lacked in numbers they and their invitees made up for in volume.

After the 17 Pilgrim students in attendance received their awards at St Paul’s Cathedral a yell of jubilation went up to accompany the polite applause, which ...

UCA marchers join climate class action

Uniting Church members and staff marched through the streets of Melbourne in solidarity with about 40,000 striking students demanding action on climate change.

Melbourne’s rally was one of at least 50 held throughout Australia, while more were held in over 80 countries.

Denisse Sandoval, Social Justice Advocate at the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania said she ...

UC Camping shows its heart

UC’s Grantville Lodge is hosting next year’s Heartkids Teen Camp, a special gathering for up to 150 teenagers living with congenital heart disease.

And the camp will now be even bigger and better thanks to a $45,000 bequest from the Harold Hughes Estate Bequest.

The generous donation equates to a 60% discount in camp costs, allowing the teens to go ...

Narana honours founder Uncle Vince Ross

The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre has honoured its founder, Vince Ross, and restated his dream of reconciliation through deeper cultural understanding at a naming ceremony attended by Synod Moderator Sharon Hollis and UCA presidents past and present.

After a traditional Indigenous smoking ceremony, Vince led the invite-only group of about 70 into Narana’s event centre.

There Sharon helped Vince and ...

Fighting leprosy ‘a calling from God’

 

When Kashi Aryal contracted leprosy at the age of seven, he was banished from his home and forced to live in an animal shed.

In his village in Nepal, leprosy was seen as a curse. Kashi was not allowed to play with other children and the village water tap was strictly out-of-bounds.

“The villagers said other people will also ...

Ten years of building fences and friendships

Next month the barbecue-stopping stories will be ones of despair, hope and resilience as a Uniting Church volunteer support group commemorates its 10th anniversary in the wake of the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in rural Victoria.

The Uniting Church Emergency Fencing Team helped rebuild thousands of kilometres of farm fences destroyed in the 2009 fires and continue to assist the Benalla ...