Lessons from Bourke

My wife and I were lucky enough to travel through Bourke in western New South Wales on a trip through central Australia to visit our son’s family in Melbourne.

I have been involved with the Mowanjum Aboriginal community for over ten years as a member of the Boab Network, which grew out of All Saint’s Floreat Uniting Church. Through the network, we have become very familiar with the issues that confront Aboriginal people in the Mowanjum community and the nearby town of Derby. Continue Reading

A treasure trove of Albany history

The Albany Uniting Church Museum, located in the Duke St building, is a treasure trove of church history and amazing textiles. The museum became a possibility when some old blueprints and a concept plan of a new church were found in an upstairs balcony which had previously housed the church organ. That ‘new church’, was the original Methodist Church, which was completed in 1893. Continue Reading

Sharing the joy of Christmas: Why do we do it?

What does Christmas mean for Christians, or Christ’s ones? Is the celebration of Christ’s birth central to our faith or can we do without it?

Two of our four Gospels do not include the story of Jesus’ birth and Matthew and Luke – which do – tell the story from significantly different perspectives. It seems that the celebration of the birth of Christ in a special day or season only commenced two or three hundred years after the time of Christ and the earliest church. Continue Reading

Easy Date Slice

Uniting Churches in WA have some of the best morning teas and we want to share them!

Not just a time for enjoying each other’s company, church morning teas or spreads for special events are a tasty affair.

This Easy Date Slice recipe was sent in from Maureen Skeet, member of Rockingham Uniting Church. This slice has never failed her!

Bring along a plate to your Christmas function this year, your friends and family will love you for it. Just make sure it is kept in the fridge and eaten fresh, as it does contain raw egg.


1 Cup of Sugar
250g of chopped dates
250g of Butter
One egg
Half a packet of Arnotts Marie Biscuits
Desiccated coconut


Melt the sugar, chopped dates and the butter in a saucepan on low heat until it is ‘gooey’.

Beat in the egg, and then crush the Marie Biscuits and stir in.

Line a 20cm lamington tray with baking paper, and spread the mixture evenly into the tray.

Refrigerate until it sets.

Once cooled, cut into slices and toss each slice in the desiccated coconut.

Have you got a favourite recipe? Send it in to revive@wa.uca.org.au or mail them to Revive magazine, GPO Box M952, Perth, 6843.

Aged care sector warns of 2020 emergency risk

The national aged care sector, including UnitingCare Australia, warns that, with today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) flagging no additional direct investment for residential and home care, the risk of aged care emergencies looms large in 2020.

The Government had already announced $537 million in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission, with an additional $87 million announced today mainly covering Government administration costs. Continue Reading

Does it make a difference?

Not so long ago, a woman bailed me up as I made my escape from a church where I’d been preaching.

“I’ve given to places like UnitingWorld all my life,” she said. Her voice shook a little as she spoke; I could see it had been a good and long life.

“But there’s still so much poverty and suffering in the world! Sometimes I really wonder if it makes any difference.”

Understandable. Continue Reading

Business Start-up Awards create career opportunities

As they Celebrated International Day of People with a Disability, on Tuesday 3 December, Good Sammy Enterprises (previously Good Samaritan Industries) awarded their inaugural Good Sammy Business Start-up Awards to young people living with a disability inspiring pathways to their working future.

With final exams over and the school year complete, and while thousands of Western Australia’s school leavers are considering their future career opportunities, Good Sammy’s Start-Up Award winners will be making use of their prize money to turn their passions into a business opportunity. These awards are kindly sponsored and supported by Santos. Continue Reading