Uniting Church moarns passing

The Uniting Church in Australia is saddened to announce the death of the late Rev Ian Tanner who passed away Friday 27 December 2013.

Ian was a past President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly from 1985 to 1988 and served as the first Moderator of the Synod of South Australia from 1977-1979.Continue Reading

Living between cultures

An Intercultural Leadership Training Course will be held over seven Friday evenings from February – April, providing seven keys for successful leadership. Brought to you by the Multicultural Ministry of the Uniting Church in WA, the course will be on the theme of ‘living between cultures’ and each session will take place at Fremantle Wesley Uniting Church,  Cantonment St, Fremantle. Continue Reading

A life of love and hospitality

Errol Ruth Phillipson picA celebration of the life of Errol Ruth Phillipson was held recently, after her passing in January.

Errol was born in England in 1933 to an English father and an Australian mother. The family returned to Perth when  Errol was 14 months old. In 1949, John Phillipson was appointed assistant minister to Victoria Park, Carlisle and Welshpool as a home missioner. Errol and John became friends and that friendship developed into a lifelong partnership  of marriage. Continue Reading

Book launch: A Spark of Madness

Fred Stone, a member of Mt Pleasant Uniting Church is launching his autobiographical sketch, A Spark of Madness with a foreword by Graham Mabury. Fred, now retired, was a psychiatric nurse, senior pastor at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church for over 15 years, established the Baptist Counselling Service and managed Lifeline Counselling for two years.

A Spark of Madness will be launched at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church, cnr Reynolds and Coomoora Rds, 3.00pm on Saturday 15 March – the 60th anniversary of the day Fred became a Christian and met his wife, Pauline.

For catering purposes please RSVP to Fred at fstone@iinet.net.au or call 9312 1828.

Imagining the future

Over future years the Uniting Church is going to see some significant change. Figuring out how that change will take shape, however, is going to be a major task for the church of  today.

Rev David Kriel, mission planner for the Uniting Church in WA, will be facilitating a process, starting in early 2014, where the whole church is invited to help form future directions.  Using the method of ‘scenario planning’, four future scenarios will be mapped out, helping the church to plan a way forward in each scenario. The first stage, David said, is to individually interview around 40-50 leaders in the Uniting Church in WA and analyse the data. This will then be followed by two ‘listening’ workshops which are designed to get  feedback from members from all over the synod and presbytery. Continue Reading

Neighbours on the street

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. Continue Reading

A blast from the past

Albany museum pic 1The 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.Continue Reading