A Congress Celebration was held on Sunday 27 November, to showcase a range of activities going on in WA’s Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). Continue reading
As the leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations met in Perth in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Christians around the world prayed together through the Commonwealth Prayer Initiative.
These prayers have been incorporated into a permanent sculpture, “The Tree of Life”, created by artist Rod Laws as part of Project 54, to remind the city of the hopes of creating a just world for our future.
Eight branches are also incorporated into the piece, which represent the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which work to end global poverty by 2015. Australia, along with many other nations around the world, adopted these goals in 2000. The leaves on the sculpture represent each of the 54 Commonwealth nations.
His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AO QC, Governor of WA, spoke at the unveiling ceremony saying, “The many prayers for peace on Earth for a better world, which are on the plinth of the statue, come from the hearts of children from throughout the commonwealth. They now have a special place in the heart of this city, our city. Prayers such as the one from little Jessica in Canada who said, ‘Dear God, help the people who have nothing to eat. Give them what they need and heal the sick. Break every gun in the world and replace it with love and peace.’”
The Advent season is just beginning and most of us are preparing our homes and our hearts to once more celebrate the joy that comes to us in the Christ child. We will doubtless be reminded again this year that Emmanuel meant, “God with us”. For the people of the Margaret River Region, the importance of holding onto this thought has become even more significant.
Bushfires in Margaret River over this past week have left a trail of devastation. Many houses have been lost or damaged, family homes and businesses destroyed. How will they remember that God is with them at this time? Continue reading
Christmas is such a fantastic time of year. We’re wrapping up the year at work, winding down to a nice summer break, with sun and surf, family and friends, and all the things that make summer great. We’ve got Christmas parties and Secret Santa’s, Carols by Candle Light and Midnight Masses. Silent Nights and Jingle Bell Rock, The Santa Clause and A Miracle on 34th Street.
Yet in all of this busyness, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season. The Lord is come! Continue reading
Inside the latest edition of Revive which is based on the theme Joy to the World. Following is a summary of the articles to be found within its pages. Click on the link to read more. Continue reading
City workers can treat themselves by taking an hour’s break during this busy Christmas season to enjoy an open-air Christmas Concert in the forecourt of Ross Memorial Uniting Church, Cnr Colin & Hay Streets on Wednesday 14 December between 1 and 2pm. Continue reading
As we sing “Joy to the World” this Christmas, supporters of Act for Peace’s Christmas Bowl will help lift farmers in Zimbabwe, like Shanangurai, a widow and mother of two, out of poverty, thanks to improved farming techniques. Continue reading
To celebrate the launch of the 20th UnitingCare Operation Santa, four students from Wesley College and their mums joined three members of UnitingCare West for a shopping challenge. The aim was to show it does not cost very much, or take very much time, to find some gifts that would make a genuine difference to a family’s Christmas. Continue reading
As the leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations met in Perth in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Christians around the world prayed together through the Commonwealth Prayer Initiative. Continue reading
How do you prepare for Christmas? My preparations begin when I drag out ‘the Monster’. At the moment, the Monster is residing in the garage, in a large (coffin sized) white cardboard box. The Monster is my name for our eight foot Christmas tree, much loved by my wife, Viv. Continue reading