The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) opened on Wednesday, 30 October in Busan, Republic of Korea under the theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.”
The opening service of common prayer on the first day of the assembly honoured diverse faith traditions from around the world. The gathering prayer included deeply moving litanies of lamentations, cries and hopes from the churches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific. Continue reading
As the community considers its contribution to the Government’s Commission of Audit, and as the Government considers its legislative and policy agenda, it’s important to take the time to think about what we cherish, Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, said. Continue reading
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Prof Andrew Dutney has launched a national appeal to support those facing loss and hardship from the bushfires in New South Wales.
“The fires have destroyed and damaged hundreds of homes in the Blue Mountains and nearby areas and are still burning out of control,” said Andrew. Continue reading
In preparation for the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), pastors and peace activists in that nation are holding 40 days of fasting and prayer in front of the Busan City Hall. They are protesting the dangers of nuclear radiation and asking to shut down South Korea’s oldest and incident-prone Kori Nuclear Power Plant, some 20 kilometres from the venue of the WCC assembly. Continue reading
Sick of turning the other cheek? Dianne Jensen explores what it means to forgive and to be forgiven.
Rev Julie Nicholson is known worldwide as the vicar who couldn’t forgive. The Anglican priest stepped down from her position because she was unable to forgive the suicide bomber who had murdered her daughter at Edgware Road tube station in London in July 2005. She could no longer speak the words of reconciliation which were fundamental to her role. Continue reading
As a boy I would spend much of the summer holidays staying with my grandparents. It was always a splendid time. I would sit with my grandfather early in the morning and drink morning Camp Coffee while he smoked his pipe. I still remember the smell of the Condor Tobacco as he told me stories of his life. In some way I think telling his story was about beginning to write my story. Continue reading
Tammy Solonec knows where her passions lie and isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes in. But courage isn’t something she was born with; it’s something that has grown inside her as she’s made her way through life. Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to just drop everything you’re doing in life, and take it in a different direction? Or maybe you want to start up a new project which arises from your ultimate passion. Continue reading
I recall being told once upon a time my name, translated, means ‘reckless bravery’. Is that why? So I ask. No, it’s because of my involvement with emergency services and disaster response. Ah, but what has courage to do with that? Continue reading
The relationship between the Uniting Church in Western Australia and the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka is set to grow stronger, as members in WA have agreed to support an interfaith preschool program in the North and East District of Sri Lanka. Continue reading