Within a period of eight months, UnitingCare West, a community service provider of the Uniting Church, has come into contact with over 180 families who are at risk of homelessness in Perth. That is over five families a week in crisis situations. Responding to this need, UnitingCare West opened the Family Foundations Service to support families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Perth and the surrounding suburbs.
The Wesley Museum, at Albany Wesley Uniting Church, was the inspiration of Rev John Phillipson, who collected and displayed historical photos, artefacts and papers in ‘The Upper Room’ – the balcony in Wesley Church.
His work was enlarged on and reorganised some years later by Bonnie Hicks, whose information boards form the basis of the present museum. The museum is now situated in more spacious accommodation in Centenary Hall and has again been extended to include many historical books, one of which is a very old Bible and a complete set of Methodist Conference Reports.
The actor Aaron Pedersen got it in one.
When Australians get a chance to come together and vote at a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution, he said earlier this year, it would be “a simple act of humanity.” He’s right.
In July 2012 in Adelaide, the members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia listened to members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) tell stories about the effects of the Federal Stronger legislation (and before that) on their lives and the lives of their communities.
Since the appearance of the building has changed a fair bit, last editions’ mystery photo was a hard one to crack. Laura Fox, however, from Northam Uniting Church, has come through with the goods, sharing that the building was in fact the St Pauls Presbyterian Church, Northam.
The Swan View Community Garden, at the local Uniting Church, was one of two recipients of a community grant in the Open Garden Scheme, being awarded the grant for Best Community Garden.
Thousands of people who would not normally darken the doors of the church use services provided by Uniting Church agencies or send their children to Uniting Church schools.
Afghanistan is one of the hardest places in the world to be educated if you are a girl. Thirty years of chronic instability and conflict, and the almost complete lack of educational opportunities for children under the Taliban, have had a dramatic impact on children’s education and wellbeing in Afghanistan.
But things are changing. Afghan women and local communities are confronting injustice all over the country and education is proving to be the key to a better future.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, has launched a national appeal to support those facing loss and hardship from bushfires that devastated parts of New South Wales in late October.
From all over Australia, Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) members and guests gathered at the Esplanade River Suites Como for the eagerly awaited UCAF National Celebration 2013. It is 15 years since the celebration was held in WA.