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 ...

A congregation explores collage

A makeshift group of Brunswick Uniting Church members were recently asked to follow their art and ended up somewhere unexpected.

Led by the congregation’s arts convenor Ann Soo and local artist Priscilla Manthey, the group consisted of people with little or no art training as well as accomplished artists trying their hand at collage.

Together the makeshift ensemble engaged in ...

Australia Day honours for UCA people

Some might think that getting an Order of Australia (AM) is reward enough but Reverend Professor Emeritus Robert Gribben said what follows is even better.

Robert, 75, was recognised for “significant service to the Uniting Church in Australia, to ecumenical relations and theological studies” and was one of a number of people with a connection to the UCA Synod of ...

Faiths call for compassionate Australia

Leading up to Australia Day, Christian, Islamic and Jewish representatives have issued a common call for the nation to adopt compassion as its guiding principle.

“Compassion is the key to living the best of lives as a people,” the Australia Day Vision 2019 statement from the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews said.

“We have a vision of Australia guided ...

Commission is ‘an opportunity’

As the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety gets underway UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the focus on creating a system of aged care that provides quality, compassionate care and a safe environment.

In Adelaide the Commission officially began today with a directions hearing,

National Director of UnitingCare Australia Claerwen Little said it is pleasing that the ...

Robyn writing Bible studies for Lambeth Conference

Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker is the first Uniting Church minister to be appointed as a Bible study convenor for the peak international conference of Anglicans.

The Lambeth Conference, a once in a decade event, brings together all Anglican bishops and their spouses from over 165 countries to plan the direction of the Anglican Church.

Robyn who is coordinator of ...

RYDA outta the oven

A PICTURE, the old adage goes, tells a thousand words and Doug Williams says that is certainly the case with the above image of goodies being baked.

The cooks are orphaned and vulnerable children completing a non-formal exam in the Catering and Hospitality classroom of the Rubaga Youth Development Association in Buloba, Uganda.

“They have come to RYDA with no more than ...

Di dalam palungan (Away in a manger)

The Nativity story was given a uniquely Indonesian makeover at Glen Waverley Uniting Church on the first Sunday of Advent.

During the special Indonesian Christmas Celebration Jesus’s birth was portrayed in a traditional Indonesian tableau by 40 professional dancers from the Ganda Marpaung Group.

The performers, who were a mix of Christians and Muslims, showcased costumes and choreography from different ...

UCA to observe Day of Mourning

THIS January, Uniting Church congregations across the country are being asked to hold worship services that reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples.

The observance of a “Day of Mourning” was endorsed by the 15th Assembly at the request of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Assembly covenanting consultant and former UCA ...

In tents focus on doing mission

THIS year Uniting Church camps hosted hundreds of people from schools, sporting clubs, craft groups, large family gatherings and other faith communities but they are always on the lookout for more visitors and will even help pay for them.

UC Camping (UCC) director Daniel Murray said the organisation offered financial assistance and tailored programs to appropriate groups but this was ...

Uniting Church supports North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room

The Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania and its community services organisation, Uniting Vic.Tas, today expressed disappointment at the announcement by Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy that he will close the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room if the Coalition win this weekend’s State election.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Paul Linossier said: “These centres save lives. They support some of the ...

Working as one to help refugees

Refugees, support workers and advocates met today at Synod offices to learn more about the daunting challenges facing displaced people but also to swap ideas, strategies and stories of hope.

Around 50 people attended the all-day Refugee Council of Australia Annual Consultation Workshop held at 130 Lt Collins St in central Melbourne.

Refugee Council Deputy Director of Policy and Research Rebecca ...