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 ...

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 ...