The Moderator of the Uniting Church in WA, Rev Ken Williams, addressed a rally in Perth on Saturday 27 September, marking one year since Burma’s ‘Saffron Revolution’: the monk led demonstrations held in September 2007. There are more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma, with more than a third of these imprisoned for their participation in the 2007 protests.
Two difference Christian denominations will come together this Sunday afternoon for the opening of the news St Peter’s & Emmaus Community Church in Mt Hawthorn. The day marks the beginning of a new era for the Christian community in the area. Continue reading
The Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tom Calma, called for as many Australians as possible to become involved in a discussion about the current state of freedom of religion and belief in Australia when he launched the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Freedom of religion and belief in the 21st century Discussion Paper in Canberra today. Continue reading
The Progressive Christian Network (WA) are hosting an Eco-Theology Workshop titled “A Greener Faith and the Future of Planet Earth” on Saturday 11th October (8:30AM to 3PM). Continue reading
As a sign of the Church’s commitment to modelling sustainable living and working practices, the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Uniting Church in WA agreed that the 2010 meeting be referred to as a “Green Synod”. Continue reading
The Synod of WA Meeting today considered a historic proposal from the Great Southern Regionional Gathering to ensure rural and remote members of the Uniting Church are well represented at the National Assembly Meeting, which will be held in Sydney in July next year.
The proposal, which was the first ever proposal from a regional gathering under the revised structures of the Presbytery, was that at least one-third of the WA representatives to Assembly should be from rural and remote regions.
This would mean that at least seven people from rural regions would attend the Assembly Meeting.
Rev Dave Hosking from Albany said there were many things happening in the rural and remote regions of WA and this needed to be represented by people who had a good understanding of what was happening on the ground.
A significant proportion of people in the meeting were concerned about putting such restrictions in place, and Rev Bev Fabb said she found it insulting to suggest that the Synod wouldn’t select country people to represent them unless forced.
There were also some questions about how someone could be defined as a ‘rural or remote’ person.
There was, nonetheless, a strong feeling of support for the need of rural and remote people to have their heard at such an important meeting.
The proposal went to a formal vote, and was passed by a narrow majority.
The Sunday of the Annual Presbytery & Synod Meeting of the Uniting Church in WA began with a traditional Nyungar smoking ceremony. After entering the meeting through the cleansing smoke, they were welcomed by Rev Sealin Garlett, WA chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. Continue reading
The Synod of WA has nominated Rosemary Hudson Miller, associate general secretary (mission support) for the position of President Elect, to be selected at the 2009 National Assembly meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia. Continue reading
Through the invitation of the partner church, the Evangelical Christian Church of the Land of Papua, a group of people from WA spent time in West Papua during September.
The Saturday afternoon session of the WA Uniting Church Meeting began with devotions and a Bible study focussed on the renewal of the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.