About FACE 2012 applications extended to 14 October. More young people are required to join in this worthwhile event. You are encouraged to invite your youth and young adults to participate. If you’re interested in living alongside Aboriginal communities connected to Congress, visit http://aboutface.org.au for more details.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, said today most Australians would be surprised to learn the tax system provides more support and concessions to high income households than to Australians living below the poverty line.
In a discussion paper – What Price Dignity –released today, retirement incomes are examined as one example of the inequities which plague the tax system. Continue reading
The Uniting Church in Australia has been allocated the month of November for the church life survey. Every five years like the census the church is invited to look at itself, mission and service through this valuable format. Continue reading
Margaret River for the Induction of Rev Cathie Lambert. Whilst there, we took a walk up and down the main street, as you do, and found ourselves in the Melting Pot Glass Studio of Gerry Reilly, talking with the artist. During our conversation he showed us the glass sculpture, “Fire on Water”, which I’ve chosen as my symbol. Continue reading
It’s not often that an isolated city like Perth gets to play host to a major international event, so when it does happen, it’s a very big deal. This year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has even seen the Queen’s Birthday public holiday moved from the first Monday in October to the last Friday.
For people in WA, it means a variety of things: excitement, inconvenience, or perhaps a chance to see the Queen. But will it make a difference? Continue reading
When people think of church, they often picture a group of people seated in rows, listening and responding when asked, but keeping quiet most of the time. ‘Messy Church,’ by contrast, involves storytelling, craft activities and a shared meal; creating community amongst the generations.
“Blink and we’ll be gone”. These were the telling words of the 2006 Uniting Church WA Youth Council, a group which no longer exists, at that year’s Presbytery & Synod Meeting. Five years on, has the church heeded the warning? Continue reading
Governments all over the world are starting to look beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to discover the true wealth of their nations. The Australian National Development Index (ANDI) project was a resolution of the 2020 Summit in 2008. The project aims to develop a wellbeing index for Australia that will sit beside the GDP to determine Australia’s health. Continue reading
About FACE, a three-week “Faith And Cultural Exchange” program, has been running for a number of years, but was previously restricted to people aged 18– 30. It is now open to anyone over the age of 18. Another change is a shift in focus so that all placements are with Aboriginal communities, rather than overseas. Continue reading
At the heart of life is both joy and sorrow. The various types of psalms reflect this. Within the book of Psalms there are psalms of praise and thanksgiving that arise out of, and reflect, situations of joy and celebration; and there are psalms of lament that arise out of, and reflect, situations of sorrow. Continue reading