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Desert helps renew spirituality

Four Desert Spirituality trips took Uniting Church members deep into the red centre during July and August. Holland Park St David’s minister Rev Heather Griffin attended the “Feeling the desert” trip which travelled from Birdsville to Alice Springs. After spending time with the Frontier Services Padre from Charleville and organising their supplies, the group met local Birdsville families with large ...

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Our language is the language of love

Rev Mathius Sampe Ritti from the Tanah Toraja region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has won the Uniting Church Assembly multicultural song writing competition.  Mathius is staying in Adelaide while his wife Ibu Martina Bangalino completes post-graduate tertiary study in educational management at Flinders University. Mathius is a minister of the Torajan church and has served in churches in both ...

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Training leaders for future ministry

The Youth and Children’s Leaders Ministry Training Day held at Park Church Tongan Congregation in August proved to be an inspirational event for young leaders. Teams of leaders from eleven different churches attended, with people from The Granite Belt through to Redcliffe. Tom Kerr said YACMU sees training events such as this a “great way to resource congregations in their ...

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Firm Yes, Fair No

The release of the Government’s Welfare to Work reforms today are a let down for Australia’s most disadvantaged jobseekers who will be pushed into the labour market with little or no meaningful support from the Government. UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, said the Government had squandered a real opportunity to reform Australia’s welfare system and support those jobseekers ...

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Indigenous Education Funding Crisis

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church, is warning of a further decline in national Indigenous education in light of recent survey findings by Australian Education Union (AEU). The (AEU) survey shows a marked reduction in direct Commonwealth Indigenous education funding of nearly $2 million dollars to 561 schools since changes were made in the ...

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Emailing for justice and equity

Uniting Church members are invited to join a national movement that aims to make a difference for low income and disadvantaged Australians. Through a new national website, church members will be able to quickly and easily send their concerns about a range of issues to their local MPs and Senators with just a few clicks of a mouse. UnitingCare National ...

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UCA offers education for East Timorese

Mr Andrew Johnson from the Office of Social Responsibility and Justice praised the work that is being done through the scholarship fund when he personally visited students in poor families in East Timor. The Uniting Church provides over 200 scholarships to pay fees for senior high schools students, university students, and young men and women for trades education. “During the ...

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Pastoral Care Week acknowledges hospital chaplains

 The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital are highlighting chaplaincy services for patients as part of Pastoral Care Awareness Week from 2-10 October 2005. Chaplaincy services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital offer a comprehensive service across a range of faith groups. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has 35 Chaplains available across 12 different faith groups. When patients are ...

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St George decomissioned

Soldiers from Kokoda Barracks, in Cunugra Queensland, farewelled the St George chapel in August. As one drives past the St George Chapel, hidden amongst the trees, one would mistake it for either an old class room or an office, that is if it wasn’t for the two small crosses at either end of the roof. A crumbling footpath leads you ...

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11th Assembly theme looks out

President-elect, Rev Gregor Henderson has set the theme for the 11th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia which will be held in Brisbane in July 2006. “God’s Word, God’s World, is more than a letterhead and a logo – it’s a statement that will guide and shape the work of the Uniting Church over the coming three years,” said ...

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