KCO dreaming

This year, Kids Camp Out (KCO) was postponed in March due to significantly lower registrations. Unfortunately, this was not unexpected as the number of campers have been noticeably declining over the past five years due to Uniting Church WA children growing up and being in high school, with some now being young adults.

KCO has been a Presbytery wide event for primary school aged children in the Uniting Church WA for around 40 years.

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India’s ‘Corona Tsunami’

India’s COVID-19 surge has overloaded its struggling heath system and is causing thousands of deaths per day.

Uniting Church partners, the Church of North India (CNI), are not immune. Battling to keep people fed as a second lockdown wreaks havoc, and spreading critical health information to help beat the spread of the disease, they’re on the front-line of the response in their communities.

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Refugee Week launched in the city

Refugee Week (20 – 26 June) was launched with an inspirational event held at the Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth on Monday 21 June.

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Recovery after the storm

Cyclone Seroja crossed our coast at about 8.00pm on Sunday 11 April, beginning its destructive journey in Port Gregory, just south of Kalbarri. Winds of up to 170km/hr, the strongest recorded in more than 50 years, tore homes, businesses and trees apart, leaving behind masses of debris.

Coastal areas south of Kalbarri saw about 70 per cent of homes damaged. Residents huddled in bathtubs or hid in pantries and toilets. Yet, miraculously no-one was injured.

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Iraqi Cigar

CARAD’s Fare Go Food Truck serves up delicious food at markets and events around Perth, while employing and empowering refugees and asylum seekers. To celebrate Refugee Week, Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 June, CARAD have shared this fantastic recipe from their food truck menu.

Try this recipe at home, or if you’re in Perth, keep an eye out for the Fare Go Food Truck at an event near you. This week they’ll be at the Perth launch of Refugee Week on Monday 21 June at Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth.

Find out more about CARAD’s Fare Go Food Truck at carad.org.au/fare-go-food-truck

Ingredients

1 packet of spring roll pastry (20 sheets per packet)
Fresh mint to taste
Fresh parsley to taste
3 tablespoons of dried onion flakes
½ a teaspoon of Lemon zest or lemon pepper
½ teaspoon of Baharat spices
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
300g feta or ricotta cheese
300g cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Chop the parsley and mint finely and mix with the cheeses with the Baharat spices, dried onion flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix to a dough consistency.

Place a small amount of filling in the centre of the spring roll pastry, and roll up.

Deep fry three cigars at a time until they are crispy and golden.

Serve with salad, topped with tahini sauce.

Keep our kids out of prison: Raise the Age

Most Australians don’t realise that we put kids in prison. In a public opinion poll by the Australia Institute, 73% of Australians had no idea that children as young as ten are currently locked up in our prison system.

It’s not surprising, since most people imagine kids at that age to be, well… kids.

But the facts tell us that for some, this is not the case. The Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA reports that in 2018-2019, 143 children in WA spent time in unsentenced detention. This unsentenced detention can range from an average of 25 days for non-Indigenous children and 46 days for Indigenous children – keeping in mind that 78% of kids in detention are Indigenous.

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Can we be reconciled?

It is often said the two highlights of the Christian calendar are Christmas and Easter, that in many ways could be described as ‘bookends’, coming at the beginning and end of the Jesus story.

However, as we all know, it is what came afterwards that is critically important, not only for the life of the church, but for our individual lives as well. Personally, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which we now celebrate, is at the core of my understanding of the Christian faith.

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Video upgrade for Sonshine

Last week, Susy Thomas, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, and Rev David De Kock, General Secretary of the Uniting Church WA, visited 98five Sonshine FM to view their newly upgraded video studio, for which the Uniting Church WA provided financial assistance. 

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