Learning literacy from laptops

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is going digital with an innovative scheme to deliver one-on-one tutoring to Indigenous students, including those living in remote areas.

For 20 years the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation (ALF) has been devoted to improving reading and other academic skills of Indigenous children, primarily though providing tutoring programs and supplying books as well ...

Lessons from London in renewing church life

Rev Mat Harry – New & Renewing Communities Catalyst

Setting big goals, being decisive, valuing diversity and nurturing leaders are key aspects of creating and renewing churches, according to Anglican Bishop of Islington Ric Thorpe.

Bishop Ric, as we came to call him, oversees a strategy to revitalise 100 churches in London by 2020 and create more than 200 ...

Race to the bottom

Last night, Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, formerly of One Nation but now representing Katter’s Australian Party, used his first speech to the Australian Senate to lament the demise of “our predominantly European identity” of the 1950s and ’60s.

He proposed radical changes to Australia’s immigration program, including a “drastic” cut to the annual migrant intake and the resumption of ...

Tongan tonic for Lorne

Rev Sherryl Smith

It was a weekend to remember when Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church hosted six Tongan ministers and their partners late last month.

Lorne, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, is a haven nestled between the beach and the Otway forest.

Some might call it the quintessential ‘God’s Waiting Room’ with the Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church congregation mirroring the demographic ...

Mental health first aid and acting early

Early intervention is key to supporting congregation members experiencing mental illness, according to an accredited mental health first aid instructor.

Marcel Koper, director of Awareness Centre and former coordinator of the Bethel Centre, said at least one in five Australians experience depression or anxiety every year.

“Sometimes we think we’re a bit different from the rest of the ...

The real rewards of ethical investing

Young people are leading the way in demanding higher ethical standards from businesses, UCA Funds Management investors heard at the annual investor briefing.

In May, UCA Funds Management was certified as a B Corporation, a global accreditation recognising businesses that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Mindy Leow, Head of Community Building from ...

Reflecting two lives of faithful service

Keith Fagg OAM

The enduring love story and dedicated Christian service of Bert and Ruth Fagg has inspired a vibrant new artwork adorning Wesley Church in Geelong.

Commissioned by the Fagg family, the work is part of a bequest from Bert Fagg, who died in 2015, in memory of his beloved wife of 70 years, Ruth who passed away ...