Memorial Day Marks Backward Step

The Uniting Church in Western Australia will join with others to commemorate John Pat Memorial Day at 12noon on Friday 28 September, outside Fremantle Prison. John Pat, 16, died from head injuries 29 years ago in a police cell in Roebourne.

Since Mr Pat’s death, the Uniting Church in Western Australia and the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA Inc have worked tirelessly together to bring justice for those who have died in custody, especially highlighting the alarming statistics of the overrepresentation of Aboriginal prisoners in our prisons.
Rev Sealin Garlett, chairperson of Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, believes that the recent change to policy, which means prisoners cannot attend funerals held more than 100kms away, is further administrative punishment to prisoners and their families.
“Aboriginal people will be the most adversely affected by this budget cut, a cut that was made without consultation with the Aboriginal community. This recent decision has come, not with the health and wellbeing of prisoners and communities in mind, but with concerns only for the bottom line.”
Rev Ron Larkin, Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, said that people in prison are already some of the most vulnerable.  Further disconnecting them from family and culture is not the way to rehabilitate or care for troubled people in prison, their families and our communities. These issues have been extensively highlighted in Royal Commissions and enquiries. It is time for the WA Government to give heed to those recommendations.
The intended plan for funerals to be screened via the internet will also be inappropriate for cultural reasons, as filming ceremonies such as this is culturally offensive to some communities.
“Cost cutting to serve the Department of Corrective Services will harm people in our community who are already vulnerable,” said Rev Larkin. “The hope, connection to community and country, and the health and wellbeing of prisoners during rehabilitation must be our main priority.”

 

Dan Mori reflects on the War on Terror

Dan Mori, became a household name in Australia in 2003 as Major Michael Mori, military defence lawyer for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.  Mr Mori will share his ‘Reflections on the War on Terror’ at a free public lecture from 12.30pm to 2pm tomorrow, Friday 21 September in the Alexander Lecture Theatre at the University of Western Australia. Continue reading

WA Frontier Services Centenary Celebration

Celebrations are being held all across Australia this September, which marks the highlight of the Centenary year of the Australian Inland Mission (AIM), the forerunner to Uniting Church agency Frontier Services, which continues to provide ‘a mantle of safety’ to those people who live in remote locations across this wide land. Continue reading

Perth Theological Hall

2017 at Perth Theological Hall

 

PTH handbook 2017 pdf  Visit this link to the Handbook to see what life for a candidate in ministry involves…

Perth Theological Hall continues to offer some of its ministerial formational content in Intensives that are open for all to attend.

There is one Intensive remaining in 2017:

 

Formation of Disciples 27 – 28 September    Maylands/Mt Lawley Uniting Church

Simply helping people come to faith is not enough.  We also need to form them to live as disciples of Christ.  This 2 day intensive will help us develop skills in faith sharing and evangelism, how to help disciples grow in Christian faith and life and how to use baptism and confirmation as means of formation of disciples.

For brochure and registration please follow this link http://unitingchurchwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017_09_27_28_FormationDisciplesIntensive_flyer.pdf

Special event: Commending the faith in Australia Today

a 4 part series of studies led by Rev Dr Chris Walker at Willetton Uniting Church and via Zoom

Tuesday 3, 10, 24 and 31 October 7.00 – 9.00pm  Free! For more info please follow this link 2017_Commending_ faith_flyer

People are also welcome to attend the weekly Wednesday Eucharist service at the Murdoch University Worship Centre  

2 August to 11 November,[ excluding 30 August and 27 September (non-teaching breaks) ]

Murdoch Worship Centre              9.30 – 10.15am

followed by morning tea.

For more info please follow this link http://unitingchurchwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/PTH-2017-preaching-roster-sem-2.docx

or email Kerry:   pthall@murdoch.edu.au -or-  pa.education@wa.uca.orga.au

or call  08 9360 6880 [Wed] or 08 9260 9813 [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday]

 

Finding meaning in human suffering

Ann Mills has won one of the two Brickhill Essay prizes awarded by Perth Theological Hall this year. She has kindly allowed her essay to be posted here in the hope that others may find some comfort and help in their own suffering.
The Essay Prizes are given in memory of John Eric Brickhill who hoped that the essays would help the communication of theological insights to the average layperson, that (s)he may more readily serve the Lord. Ann’s essay was part of the assessment for Murdoch University unit THE505 Thinking Theology and is an inspirational theological reflection on finding meaning in human suffering through an active engagement with faith over time.

Ann Mills Brickhill Prize essay 2015

 

 

 

Spring Fashion Parade

A Spring Fashion Parade, presented by Kings Park Fashions, will be held on Tuesday 25 September, 10.00am, at Kardinya Uniting Church, 133 LeSouef Dve. Tickets $8 with all proceeds to YouthCare.

Behind the Christmas Stories: Jesus’ Family Tree

All Saints Floreat Uniting Church are holding the advent studies, Behind the Christmas Stories, over three workshops presented by Rev Prof Bill Loader in the Undercroft at the church. On Tuesday 27 November will be Jesus’ Family Tree: Begats and Beginnings, Tuesday 4 December will be Matthew’s Stories: Miracles, Magi and Herod and Tuesday 11 December will be on Luke’s Stories: Mary, Shepherds and Caesar. For more info contact Marie Yuncken on 9385 8537 or email m.yuncken@aapt.net.au.  

Behind the Christmas Stories: Matthews Stories, Miracles, Magi and Herod

All Saints Floreat Uniting Church are holding the advent studies, Behind the Christmas Stories, over three workshops presented by Rev Prof Bill Loader in the Undercroft at the church. On Tuesday 27 November will be Jesus’ Family Tree: Begats and Beginnings, Tuesday 4 December will be Matthew’s Stories: Miracles, Magi and Herod and Tuesday 11 December will be on Luke’s Stories: Mary, Shepherds and Caesar. For more info contact Marie Yuncken on 9385 8537 or email m.yuncken@aapt.net.au.