When Cyclone Pam devastated parts of Vanuatu earlier this year, the North Ringwood Uniting Church swung into action. A close relationship developed throughout many years with the Paunangisu community (a small village outside of Port Vila) meant the church was able to act quickly to offer support where it was needed most.
Clients from Kildonan’s Settlement Services programs are helping develop the garden as part of the Establishing Roots project, which was constructed following a Community Matching Grant from the Greater Shepparton City Council.
Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit staff member Denisse Sandoval is working with congregations in a new initiative to empower them to create social change. As part of this initiative, she is inviting congregations to reflect on the question, ‘What kind of Australia do we want to be?’
National Child Protection Week (6-12 September) was chosen by the VicTas Synod as an appropriate time to launch the Keeping Children Safe Policy in Victoria. Planning is currently underway to also hold a launch of the policy in Tasmania.
St Francis of Assisi is often cited as the inspiration for Christian concern for the environment. The 12th century monk is best known as the patron saint of animals and ecology, his legendary ability to ‘talk’ to birds and tame a wild wolf remind us of our human responsibility to all creatures.
Book | Will and Kate – The story of William and Catherine Booth | Dawn Volz, illustrations by Chris Green
Aimed at young children, this picture book tells the inspiring story of William and Catherine Booth, founders of The Salvation Army.
Rev Peter Gador-Whyte is the minister at the Geelong City Parish. He said he has been struggling for some time with the important issue of nurturing children in faith.
1. Delegates from the Presbyterian Church of Korea visit the Korean Church of Melbourne. They joined in a special service to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and to pray for peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.
Many people associate churches with the music that emanates from the church organ. Hymns create the mood for prayerful worship and foster a communal spirit as congregation members join together in song.
However, playing the organ every Sunday is no mean feat.
It demands flexibility, poise and technique. An organist may accompany multiple singers or play alongside instrumental soloists....
Book | Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology. Finding you own voice | Val Webb
This is a rare book that makes the story of how Christianity has developed over 20 centuries accessible in language most can readily understand. The author’s purpose is not primarily to help us understand history but to encourage us to do ...
Celia and Nonna | Book |Victoria Lane and Kayleen West
Taking place every September, World Dementia Day is a timely opportunity to reflect on the impact that ageing and illness can have on families.
Book | Towards a sane society | Professor Siri Hettige
Uniting Through Faiths was proud to launch this important book at the synod offices in Melbourne last month. It was officially launched by Lionel Bopage and Prof Paul Komesaroff, who gave excellent summaries of the breadth and depth of these essays on public policy.