“The love of Christ can be made more vivid through Australian Christian concern, on Christmas day, the one great day of sharing.” Rev Frank Byatt, founder of the Christmas Bowl c. 1956
As Christians, we are called respond to, and faithfully live out, the Gospel call to be generous in our love, and to participate in God’s mission to bring healing, wholeness and hope to those facing hardship and injustice. It sounds like an overwhelming task, but in fact we can reach people in need with the humblest of actions. Continue Reading
Heather Dowling, Revive editor, shares some useful tips for surviving the Christmas and New Year season.Continue Reading
Canberra is a bit of a strange place. Beautiful surrounds with an abundance of wealthier-than-most public servants, along with a somewhat Truman Show-like perfect design and apparently an invisible semi-permeable dome over the entire place (aka the Canberra bubble).
But if Canberra is peculiar, then Parliament House is another universe altogether. Like a self-sufficient satellite orbiting afar, once inside, lost in endless corridors and its mirrored layout, I wondered at times if we were still on planet Earth.Continue Reading
John Knowles, CEO of Good Samaritan Industries (GSI), welcomed me into his office with a big smile and an even bigger heart before announcing we needed to step out for a minute to sing happy birthday to a staff member.
Out in the foyer, staff (and me) gathered for cake and well wishes, while a group of high school kids wandered in to one of the meeting rooms for job training. In the warehouse, employees sort and pack all sorts of donations, from clothes to bedding to shoes and accessories. And in the canteen staff are busy preparing food.
The place is a hive of activity where people genuinely seem to love their jobs. Continue Reading
Busselton Uniting Church recently welcomed 35 new people into their congregation. Church leaders joined newcomers for a sit-down meal and an opportunity to get to know one another.Continue Reading
The Uniting Church WA held a worship service last night, Tuesday 13 November, to celebrate education and formation throughout the year. Dr Elaine Ledgerwood was also commissioned as the new Presbytery Minister Education and Training, and a Closure of Placement Service was held for Rev Dr John Squires. John has been the Director of Education and Formation with the Uniting Church WA for the past two years.
The service was led by Rev Lorraine Stokes, Chair of the Presbytery of WA, and reflections were offered by Rev Bev Fabb, Chair of the Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL). It was held at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church.
Dr Holly Catterton Allen is a leading academic researcher, author and teacher in the field of intergenerational ministry. In July this year, she spoke at the two-day ‘Embracing Intergenerational Ministry Workshop’ at the Centre of Theology and Ministry, Uniting Church Victoria and Tasmania. A group of six from the Presbytery of WA travelled to Melbourne to attend.
The ecumenical event included representation from the Church of Christ, the Salvation Army, the Baptist Church, the Anglican Church and the Uniting Church, with both lay and ordained leaders in attendance. Holly was also the speaker at conferences in Adelaide and Sydney. Continue Reading