Visiting theologian attracts lively discussion

In October, the WA Progressive Network hosted a conversation at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church with Prof Hal Taussig, a scholar of ancient texts and a Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

The seminar attracted people from the Uniting, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ and Catholic churches and some who don’t belong to a church.

The conversation at Floreat was an extremely interesting event. There was plenty of time for questions
and comments which Hal used to adjust his presentation.

The ten new books outside the canon from archaeological digs in Egypt, which his book The New New Testament includes and discusses, were selected from a group of 47 possible choices by invitees, including John Dominic Crossan, two nuns who had worked in Rome for the Pope, and two people from the Jewish faith.

Geoff Taylor

God’s garden flourishing in Mundijong

On Sunday 29 October a group from Mt Pleasant Uniting Church travelled to Mundijong Heritage Uniting Church for a day of fellowship and worship.

The visit was the second this year by the Mt Pleasant group. On this occasion, the day was celebrated by a beautiful shared lunch which was provided and cooked on-site by the visitors, using produce from the community garden which is situated in the grounds surrounding the church.

The community garden was a starting point for the revitalisation of the abandoned Uniting Church building some nine years ago, following a community meeting to discuss the state of the building and grounds. The garden now flourishes and is a gathering point for gardeners each Saturday morning. It is an open garden and is used frequently by locals as a meeting point, a picnic spot or just somewhere to sit quietly and take time out in the day.Continue Reading

From the Archives: who’s the mod?

This year the Uniting Church in Australia celebrates its 40th anniversary. Throughout 2017, Revive will feature significant events in the life of the church during that time.

The role of Moderator is the spiritual and pastoral leader of the Synod. The Moderator is often a spokesperson on behalf of the Uniting Church WA and might speak out on certain justice or political issues which members of the church are passionate about. The Moderator also leads annual Meetings of the Synod of WA and provides oversight on a number of issues.

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Door opens on major new service hub

Leading aged care provider, Juniper, has opened the Beryl Grant Community Centre, an exciting new multi-purpose building in Lockyer, Albany, which is catering to the needs of a growing population and diversity of community organisations.

Vaughan Harding, Juniper’s Chief Executive, launched the centre and said the project acknowledges the great contribution of Beryl Grant, a female pioneer of community service in WA, and that the facility is part of Juniper’s broader plans in the Great Southern that will see the creation of a major new service hub for the community and older residents.

“With this new centre we aim to provide a high quality, thriving and welcoming community space, providing the local area with access to a vast range of activities, services and programs,” he said.Continue Reading

Memories of the children’s hospital

In 1897, businessman Charles Moore Esq, supported by a significant committee including 15 ministers representing churches in the expanding area of Perth, began the huge task of raising sufficient money to establish a local children’s hospital.

With the impending closure of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), we want to ensure that the beginnings and journey of this hospital are not forgotten. To celebrate the life of our hospital, the Association of PMH ExTrainees
and Nursing Associates is commissioning a beautiful five panel stained glass artwork for the Multi Faith Centre at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

Vaughn Bisschops, has created an amazing beginning to the design of this artwork. He has enabled us to include sketches of the 1909 Outpatients Building, which is the current Multi Faith Centre at PMH, various other cherished areas, and memories of the last 108 years.Continue Reading

UCA President urges church to honour commitment to child safety

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Stuart McMillan, has urged church members to help ensure the church’s commitments to child safety are honoured as a result of the landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

At the Royal Commission’s final sitting in Sydney today, Chief Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan AM warned that the sexual abuse of children is not just a problem from the past.

Justice McClellan said: “Poor practices, inadequate governance structures, failures to record and report complaints, or understating the seriousness of complaints, have been frequent.”

He went on to say: “If the problems we have identified are to be adequately addressed, changes must be made. There must be changes in the culture, structure and governance practices of many institutions.”Continue Reading

Authentic ministry in Meekatharra

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, and Rev David de Kock, General Secretary, travelled up to Meekatharra over the weekend for the Induction Service of Rev Mitch Fialkowski as Patrol Minister in the Remote Area Ministry Murchison Patrol.

Mitch has been working in the area for around 5 years with Frontier Services. His role was previously under the umbrella of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church, however recent changes at Frontier Services mean Mitch’s role now comes within the Uniting Church Synod of WA.Continue Reading