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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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State-sanctioned child abuse must end

Drawing by Arrith, who was locked up in an off-shore detention centre. Source is Sarah Hanson-Young.

The Uniting Church in Australia is calling for the immediate release of all children and their families from Australian-run immigration detention centres, following the publication of a shocking report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Matt Pulford reports. The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a damning report, entitled The Forgotten Children, on the largest survey of children in detention ...

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First and Second Peoples come face to face

Haileigh Childs (left) from Queensland, and Donna Champion from South Australia, at the UAICC national conference. Photo was supplied.

About FACE has been forging relationships between First and Second Peoples for over 30 years. The latest program has continued to build that trust and understanding. Nigel Trapp reports. Brisbane university student Haileigh Childs admits she had little understanding of Aboriginal culture prior to immersing herself in the About FACE program. “My relationship and understanding was virtually non-existent before. I ...

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New Congress chair calls for greater independence

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

Queenslander and presbytery minister of Calvary Presbytery Rev Dennis Corowa has been appointed chairperson of the national Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. Nigel Trapp reports. New Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress chairperson Rev Dennis Corowa is keen to see Congress operate with more independence, but not at the expense of the interdependent relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous ...

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Uniting Church asks for more information on Manus Island situation

Temporary regional processing centre in Manus Island. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The Uniting Church in Australia has asked to meet with the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton asking for information about the care and support being offered to asylum seekers on Manus Island and asked what can the government do to immediately improve conditions at the centre. Yesterday, national director of UnitingJustice Australia Rev Elenie Poulos said the ...

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Uniting Church mourns for Sydney

The Uniting Church in Australia mourns the deaths of those caught up in the hostage-taking incident in a café in Sydney’s Martin Place. Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT Rev Myung Hwa Park has offered prayers and condolences on behalf of the Church. “We continue to pray for those caught up in the terrible events at Martin ...

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Religion survives ABC budget cuts

Australian Broadcasting Corporation logo sliced in half. Photo was supplied.

As the public broadcaster pares back its spending in response to budget cuts, religious programming has maintained its tenuous presence in the public space. Journey reports. Religious programming at the ABC has survived major cuts in the fallout from the federal government’s decision to strip $254 million from the national public broadcaster over the next five years. Of the five ...

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Uniting Church minister explains why he protests

Aaron Matheson, Rev John Brentnall, Jason Koh, Professor Colin Butler, Ben Thurley at a coal protest at Gunnedah, NSW.

Anti-coal activists at the controversial open-cut coal mine at Maules Creek, near Narrabri, New South Wales are at times surprised to find themselves accompanied by a Uniting Church Minister. Rev John Brentnall joined a blockade for the third time on 26 November, together with three Buddhists and another Christian, this time at the gate of a coal processing plant in ...

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