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Closing the great divide

Rev Dennis Corowa, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress chairperson. Photo by Rohan Salmond.

Ten years after the Close the Gap campaign began, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians still die younger and are less educated than non-Indigenous Australians. Mardi Lumsden reports. The eighth annual Close the Gap report (released 9 February) shows only two out of seven health, education and employment targets are on track. While halving child mortality by 2018 and better ...

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Not so super: Retirement incomes slashed

An old couple working out their finances.

More than 1000 retired Uniting Church ministers have had their retirement incomes slashed by Federal Government superannuation changes that came into effect on 1 January. Matt Pulford reports. Changes to the tax treatment of defined benefit super schemes mean more than 80 per cent of retired members in the Uniting Church Beneficiary Fund are losing thousands of dollars a year, ...

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Uniting Church welcomes national approach on redress

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse logo

  The president of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has welcomed the commitment by the Federal Government to develop a national approach to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. “This commitment by the government is important, because a nationally consistent approach has been identified as best meeting the needs of survivors,” said Mr McMillan. “The Royal ...

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Suter gets the ball rolling on reform

Over 80 Uniting Church members across four presbyteries came to engage with Suter's scenarios.

Last month over 80 church members from across four presbyteries within the Queensland Synod gathered to discuss the outcomes of Dr Keith Suter’s thesis “Does the Uniting Church in Australia have a future?” Ashley Thompson reports. Since its release last year, Dr Keith Suter’s four possible scenarios for the Uniting Church’s future has received mixed reviews, causing fear in some ...

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Steady hand at the helm

Incoming Uniting Church, National Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer. Photos were supplied.

With Rev Terence Corkin stepping down as Assembly general secretary at the end of the year, Queenslanders will find a familiar face at the helm in 2016. Nigel Tapp reports. The 14th Assembly has appointed UnitingCare Queensland’s director of mission, Colleen Geyer as its incoming general secretary. Colleen will take the reins from Rev Terence Corkin, who will step down ...

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Travelling north

Uniting Church President-elect Stuart McMillan at Darwin warf

From 12 July Stuart McMillan will become president of the Uniting Church—only the third lay person to ever hold the position. Matt Pulford writes. Stuart McMillan says he had a really good first week working for the Uniting Church in the Northern Territory. But the way that week started wasn’t promising. Six weeks after being interviewed in Sydney for an ...

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8 Assembly topics to look out for

The 2015 Assembly meeting will be held from 12 - 18 July at the University of Western Australia

Deciphering the 60+ Assembly proposals and reports before the meeting is a challenge even for the Assembly’s members. Check out some of the highlights and get the jump on the meeting. Anglican–Uniting Church dialogue Assembly Standing Committee commends the adoption of the Weaving a New Cloth document, which advocates local cooperation between Anglican and Uniting churches throughout Australia. The Royal ...

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“A lot of love” between Aussie and Kiwi churches

Trans-Tasman church leaders gathering.

Church leaders from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in Brisbane last month. Rohan Salmond reports. The annual trans-Tasman gathering of church leaders took place in Brisbane in April, bringing together the six moderators from Uniting Church synods, the president of the Uniting Church Assembly, the president of the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the moderator of the Presbyterian ...

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UnitingCare Australia speaks into welfare debate

A Lifeline representative hugging a member of the public. Photo by UnitingCare.

Debates about welfare often place charities and policy-makers at odds, but UnitingCare Australia sees opportunity in the federal government’s latest review of welfare. Annette Pereira reports. UnitingCare Australia has long advocated investing more, not less, in people who are disadvantaged. When the final report of the government’s welfare reform review was handed down earlier this year, there were some unexpected ...

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Uniting Church marches with pride

Uniting Network march in support of LGBTIQ refugees at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo by Andrew Hill.

Over 100 Uniting Church members and UnitingCare employees were among the thousands of people marching at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Journey reports. Two separate Uniting Church–affiliated groups marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade this year. Uniting Network, a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) members of the ...

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