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Uniting Church takes drastic action in response to child detention

Elenie Poulos presents the Uniting Church offer of sanctuary for unaccompanied minors currently held on Christmas Island.

The Uniting Church has received information that children without parents being detained on Christmas Island have been scheduled for imminent deportation to offshore facilities on Nauru. In response, the Uniting Church in Australia has taken the bold step of writing to the Australian Government to offer sanctuary for all children without parents currently held on Christmas Island. “We are well placed ...

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A Destiny Together: Justice for First Peoples

Rev Dr Andrew Dutney and Rev Rronang Garrawurra lament with members of the 13th Assembly in front of Parliament House in Adelaide, 2012.

Uniting Church members are invited to engage in the Week of Prayer and Fasting for Justice for First Peoples, writes Jennifer Whyte. One of the most poignant events of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in 2012 was the silent walk of members through the streets of Adelaide to the South Australian Parliament. Prompted by the stories of anguish ...

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NCYC 2014: What is your yuróra?

Youth delegates at Yurora NCYC 2014 in Sydney, Parramatta.

NCYC 2014 was a vibrant celebration of the life and diversity found among Uniting Church young people. Tilly South reports. “Faith is a practical thing,” preached Rev Julian Hamilton, chaplain at Trinity College, Dublin and guest speaker at the 2014 National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC), a biennial event held by a presbytery or synod of the Uniting Church. “We must ...

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Christian bikers slam new laws

Rev Dr John Smith is the founder of God's Squad Photos: God's Squad

Have new anti-bikie laws stigmatised an entire sub-culture? Ashley Goetze talks to Rev Dr John Smith, founder of international Christian motorcycle club, God’s Squad. Rev Dr John Smith is a biker, and he’s proud of it. Known to many as “Smithy” or “the holy bullfrog”, the legendary God’s Squad figurehead may soon be mistaken for an outlaw under new Queensland legislation passed in ...

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President launches bushfire appeal

October's bushfires devastated the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales

The worst bushfires in 45 years have devastated the Blue Mountains area. The Uniting Church Assembly is responding, but requires generous assistance, reports Matt Pulford. President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Andrew Dutney has launched a national appeal to support those facing loss and hardship from the recent bushfires in New South Wales. “The fires have destroyed or ...

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Nungalinya celebrates 40 years

Anne Marie McMillan during the service for the opening of Nungalinya's new Media Production Center

Nungalinya College in Darwin, Northern Territory, is celebrating 40 years as an Indigenous Christian college providing training for Indigenous Christians throughout Australia. The college has grown over the years as a unique partnership of the Uniting, Anglican and Catholic churches empowering Indigenous people to take up leadership in their communities and churches. In 2013 there were over 300 students enrolled ...

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A call to prayer for Syria

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed distress at reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria earlier this week. President of the Uniting Church Assembly, Rev Dr Andrew Dutney, has called on the church to join him in praying for those affected by the attacks in Damascus. “We mourn with the families of those who were killed in these deplorable ...

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Paradise lost: Church slams PNG resettlement plan

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed concern about plans to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for assessment and resettlement. Dianne Jensen reports. The policy was announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in Brisbane on 19 July. The agreement, which will be in place for at least the next 12 months, ...

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Voting for justice

Working for a just society is an integral part of the Uniting Church. In the lead-up to the federal election UnitingJustice calls Christians to vote ethically. “As Christians, we have a responsibility to think carefully and cast our vote with the needs of the most vulnerable in mind,” says UnitingJustice National Director, Rev Elenie Poulos. As the justice unit of ...

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Reef danger declaration postponed

The Great Barrier Reef’s delicate ecosystem is under continued strain. Katie Lewis reports. The decision to add the Great Barrier Reef to UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list has been deferred to 2014. Louise Mathieson from Greenpeace says the decision gives the Queensland and Federal governments a chance to improve the quality of the reef and wind back port developments. ...

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