Insight, challenge and inspiration at the Perth Peacemaking Conference

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Over the weekend more than 60 people gathered for the Perth Peacemaking Conference to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1.

An impressive range of speakers provided insight, challenge and inspiration as the group considered what has been learnt 100 years on. Are we moving towards a more peaceful world? What can we do to be better peacemakers?Continue Reading

Celebrating education and formation

The Uniting Church WA held a worship service last night, Tuesday 13 November, to celebrate education and formation throughout the year. Dr Elaine Ledgerwood was also commissioned as the new Presbytery Minister Education and Training, and a Closure of Placement Service was held for Rev Dr John Squires. John has been the Director of Education and Formation with the Uniting Church WA for the past two years.

The service was led by Rev Lorraine Stokes, Chair of the Presbytery of WA, and reflections were offered by Rev Bev Fabb, Chair of the Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL). It was held at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church.

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Perth comes together for peace

St George’s Cathedral Perth will play host this weekend to a once-in-a-lifetime ecumenical commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1, and a commitment to making peace in 2018. The Perth Peacemaking Conference will bring together headline interstate presenters, local peace activists, and practical opportunities for peacemaking.

Kate Leaney, Social Justice Officer for the Uniting Church in Western Australia, has been one of the key organisers of the event along with other members of the Ecumenical Social Justice Roundtable. Continue Reading

A centenary of suffering and strength

“We used to climb that tree. There were other bigger ones we use to climb too.”

“We used to come in that door there and that’s where we would stand and sing in the choir.”

There were lots of little stories circulating in quiet conversations among the hundreds of people who gathered together on Saturday 27 October at the historical site of the Moore River Native Settlement, later named Mogumber Mission. Continue Reading