Perth’s top chefs cooking for a cause

Get down to Perth Arena for a unique pop up lunch event on Friday 29 August and find some of Perth’s top chefs cooking up a storm using food rescued by local organisation Food Rescue. Between 12noon and 2.00pm, four chefs will be creating a range of delicious take away lunches for Perth’s hungry CBD workers.

Russell Blaikie from Must Winebar, Don Hancey WA Food Ambassador, Vince Garreffa from Mondo Meats and Sophie Budd from Taste Budds Cooking Studio will all be drawing the crowds, and sharing their culinary skills by making four different, delicious treats for you to choose between – all while supporting an amazing organisation.

“As a chef it upsets me to see perfectly usable fresh food being discarded as landfill, when it could be put to good use in meals for people that may have suffered hardships in life. Food Rescue provides that fresh-food conduit to people who are in need of nutritious, fresh produce,” said Russell Blaikie.

“When I was asked to come on board, I felt compelled to help out in any way I could; in doing so I found a wonderful group of volunteers who make the organisation viable, they are the quiet heroes of Food Rescue, and it is deeply satisfying and humbling to lend a hand.”Continue Reading

We’ll love Muslims 100 years

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Uniting Church leaders from across Australia are joining interfaith and ecumenical friends today in a statement of solidarity with Australia’s Muslim community.

Uniting Church in Australia President Rev Prof Andrew Dutney is one of more than 150 faith and community leaders who’ve signed on to a declaration that “We’ll Love Muslims 100 Years.”

The statement is a reference to the banner headline in the Weekend Australian on 9 August “We’ll Fight Islam 100 Years.”

“Recent public statements and media coverage about Muslim-Australians in some sections of the Australian media have been inflammatory and divisive,” said Andrew.

“In our multi-faith society, Jesus’ call to love your neighbour means that Christians are called to meet, befriend and care about our neighbours who are Muslim.”

“Because of this, we can’t just stand by if they are unfairly insulted or marginalised.”Continue Reading

Barbies for the outback

One of our great Aussie traditions is getting together for a barbie. With Spring just around the corner, Frontier Services is asking people to host a Great Outback BBQ. Get a group of  friends together and raise some money for the people of remote Australia. Whether it’s a  group of five or fifty, host a BBQ at your church, school or in your community and celebrate our  mates in the outback. Frontier Services have everything you need including fundraising ideas, recipes and more.

Call Frontier Services and register your BBQ on 1300 787 247 or visit  www.greatoutbackbbq.com.auContinue Reading

Sue Ash awarded Order of Australia

UnitingCare West CEO, Sue Ash, was recently awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large. Sue’s award recognises her “distinguished service to the community, particularly in the area of social policy development, reform and implementation, and to the provision  of services to people in need”.

As CEO of UnitingCare West, Sue brings a deep and passionate commitment to UnitingCare West’s mission. This commitment has been shaped over a lifetime by Sue’s strong Christian ethos, and by her desire to ensure people are heard and provided with access to life-enhancing opportunities. Sue has been a part of the community sector for over 45 years and is  passionate about building a civil society for future generations. Continue Reading

Church leaders hold prayer vigil inside Josh Frydenberg’s Melbourne Office

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Advocates for children suffering in detention welcome today’s decision to release SOME of the children from detention, but intend to stay until they have a timetabled commitment from the Government for ALL children to be released.

Christian leaders concerned about all vulnerable children in Australia’s detention centres are holding a prayer vigil inside the Camberwell electorate office of Josh Frydenberg, Liberal Member for Kooyong and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The group entered Mr Frydenberg’s office at 10.00am and say they intend to remain until they get a timetabled commitment from the Government that all children will be released from immigration detention centres.

The group welcomes today’s decision by the Government to release a small contingent of children and celebrate this as victory for the whole movement and is a step forward in the right direction.  However, there are still grave concerns for the 662 children outside the criteria of release who will remain in detention and we will not stop until every last child is released from the cruelty of detention. Continue Reading

West Australian Church Groups say: “Renewables not Uranium, Minister!”

Church groups in Western Australia have called upon the Hon Bill Marmion, Mines and Petroleum Minister to embrace renewable energies instead of thinking of uranium as the fuel of the future. The group said Mr Marmion’s recent comment was ill-informed and dangerous. All of the groups have expressed deep and abiding concerns about the social and environmental costs of uranium mining and the nuclear industry into which Western Australia’s uranium would be sent.

Spokesperson for the group Rosemary Hudson Miller, Associate General Secretary Justice and Mission, Uniting Church in Western Australia said, “Nuclear technologies that utilise non-renewable resources such as uranium, while at the same time producing toxic by-products that have been proven to interfere with human and ecosystem health, are not a sustainable way of providing energy for human consumption. Renewable energy technologies need to be given primacy instead. Continue Reading

New Norcia Organ Retreat

The Organ Retreat in New Norcia offers a unique opportunity to hear a wide range of music performed on a splendid organ, as well as explanations of what it’s all about, and demonstrations of how it ‘works’. This retreat is for anyone – including of course, organists. You can come for a day, a day and a night or for the whole Organ Retreat.

The superb German Romantic organ in the Abbey is unique in Australasia. It was built in Munich in 1922. Throughout the weekend it will be put through its paces, revealing its kaleidoscope of colours, from delicate whisper to thrilling climax. Accommodation in the Monastery Guest House and other buildings, and meals, are available on a first-come first- served basis and need to be booked well in advance. Continue Reading

Mukinbudin: Uniting ahead of the times

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Mukinbudin Uniting Church will be celebrating their 50th anniversary while also welcoming Rev John McKane as the new minister to the Eastern Wheatbelt Parish, which also includes  Merredin, Bruce Rock and Southern Cross Uniting Churches.

Well before the union of the three churches which formed the Uniting Church, the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches were already  worshipping together in Mukinbudin. Rev  Terry Tero, the minister at the time, used to take services in the local Country Women’s Association (CWA) building, before encouraging the congregation to build their own church in  1964.

The church was named ‘Mukinbudin Pioneer Church.’ A Sunday School hall was built in 1973 to cater for a number of young families that were attending. The congregation are now  looking forward to welcoming Rev John McKane. John, his wife Bronwyn and his two young children will be arriving in Australia from South Africa, where he has been the minister at  Linden Presbyterian Church, Johannesburg. He was ordained in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa around 15 years ago and has had a connection to our land prior to  his move, his father being Australian.

The plaque unveiled on 21 March, 1964.

The plaque unveiled on 21 March, 1964.

Bob French, from the Eastern Wheatbelt Parish is looking forward to the fresh new faces in the region.

“It’ll be the first time that we’ve had a minister with school-age children in a long  time,” he said.

The induction and anniversary service will be held at Mukinbudin Uniting Church on Sunday 24 August. Past and present ministers and members are invited to commemorate the  occasion.

Top image: The assembled community for the opening of Mukinbudin Pioneer Church in 1964.

Bringing the bush indoors

Busselton Uniting Church will once again bring the bush indoors for their annual Wildflower Exhibition from Thursday 18 to Friday 19 September. Come and enjoy the wonderful  presentation of specimens and displays.

Also on display will be  beanies, woodturning, a video, photos, the Geographe Community Nursery plus teas, lunches, cakes, crafts and produce. Tammie Reid, Rural Leadership Fellow is the guest speaker and Vasse Primary School Choir will perform.

The official opening is at 2.00pm on Thursday 18 September. Admission is $10 adults, $6 pensioners, and children are  free. For more information, contact Linda Stephenson at bsnuca@westnet.com.au or call 9752 3304.

We’ll take families out of detention, West Australians offer

Western Australian churches and leading non-government care organisations have offered support and housing in the community for families with infants being held in offshore detention, following reports of desperate mothers self-harming and attempting suicide on Christmas Island, and offers like this being made by organisations in Queensland and South Australia.

Organisations including the Anglican Diocese of Perth, the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, the Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD), and the Salvation Army have written to the Minister of Immigration to make this offer. The organisations have joined with other not for profits in Australia who are making this sort of proposal offering to house and support detained families with young children, allowing them to live in the Australian community while their claims are processed.

The Acting Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, Rev Ken Williams said, “We must always remember that asylum seekers are human like us. We find it deeply concerning that nearly 1000 children remain in detention and yet both major parties remain unmoved in their position on asylum seekers. What we are saying today is that alternatives are available. Detention is no place for any child and as a first step towards the release of all people in dehumanising detention, we offer to care for families with newborns and infants.”

At least 71 children have been born in Australia to women seeking asylum. Some mothers are brought to the mainland to give birth before being returned to off-shore detention, while others in the on-shore network have been deported to Christmas Island with their young babies.Continue Reading