A Call for Prayer, Reconciliation and Recognition

“The theme for National Reconciliation Week ‘Let’s talk recognition’ is also relevant to Christians as we start the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation,” said Bishop Saibo Mabo, chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC), the peak Indigenous ecumenical body and commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).

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Multicultural Pentecost Service

A Multicultural Pentecost Service was held at Penrhos College on Sunday 28 May. A range of choirs performed including from the Romanian church, the Karen Baptist Church, GKI Indonesian Uniting Church, Korean Uniting Church, Beth Shalom Tongan Uniting Church and the Penrhos year 6 choir.  Here are some photos from this lively event. Continue reading

PNG LNG Report signals commitment to work for community good

A report released today on the impact of the multi-billion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea highlights the value of bringing diverse interest groups together to address social challenges, says Dr Kerry Enright, National Director of UnitingWorld.
The LNG project offers the prospect of substantial economic growth to Papua New Guinea’s Hela region. But with that promise has come significant social upheaval. Continue reading

Communities will suffer with fly-in-fly-out

The increasing reliance on fly in, fly out (FIFO) workers is making it significantly harder to deliver the essential services needed in remote communities, Frontier Services have told a Federal  Inquiry. The enormous salaries on offer to FIFO workers in the mining sector has made it incredibly difficult to recruit professional counsellors, nurses and family support  workers in these remote locations where Frontier Services works. Continue reading

Sorry Day

On the eve of National Sorry Day, 26 May, the Uniting Church in Western Australia calls on the community to support a Federal Referendum to change the Constitution to recognise the First Australians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Recognition is an important step in the ongoing process of reconciliation.  The release of the Bringing Them Home report in 1997, and the formal apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008 were significant steps in this process.  It is now time to provide constitutional acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples as the ‘First Peoples’ and for the removal of racist provisions in our Constitution.   In doing so we are recognising the rich cultural heritage and ongoing contribution of the First Australians, and their valued place in our national identity.

This will be the next significant step in the ongoing healing journey of our nation. 

The Uniting Church has continued its journey in reconciliation with a new Preamble of our Constitution which acknowledges Aboriginal and Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia.

Rev Sealin Garlett, Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress says, “On Sorry Day, the Uniting Church calls on the community to remember the forced removal of thousands of Indigenous children from their families and communities, and to take an active part in the ongoing healing by engaging in the referendum process towards constitutional recognition of the First Australians.”

Autumn Flower Show

York Uniting Church is holding their 14th Autumn Flower Show on Saturday 12 May at the York Town Hall. Doors open at 9.30am and the flowers will be auctioned at 3.00pm. There will also be a variety of stalls, morning tea and light lunch available.

Entry is $2 adults, 50c children and $5 family.

For more info contact Beth at swallow@bigpond.net.au.  

Pilgrimage to Living Water

Dongara Uniting Church will be holding their second Pilgrimage to Living Water on Monday 21 May 2012, from 9.00am–3.00pm. The journey will cover about 6kms along footpaths and tracks in 5 stages, starting and finishing at the Uniting Church in Moreton Terrace. Transport will be provided to each station for those unable to make the journey on foot. A light lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact Jill Clements 9927 2677 or Wendy Small 9927 2674.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

 Willetton Uniting Church is holding an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for cancer research. The Take Note Choir will be performing and cup cakes and sandwiches will be served for morning tea.

It will be held on Thursday 24 May, 10.00am, at the church, 16 Herald Ave, Willetton. All are welcome.

For more info contact Louise at louise.riedel@iinet.net.au.