Rev Gregor Henderson: Closure of ministry

The Uniting Church in Australia farewells one of its greatest servants from ministry this weekend.

Closure of ministry services for Rev Gregor Henderson will take place at Canberra’s Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest at 9.00am and 10.30am on Sunday 1 December.

The services, that include a ceremonial cutting of ties with Canberra Region Presbytery, will bring to an end more than four decades in ministry.

Gregor Henderson was General Secretary of the Church’s National Assembly for 12 years from 1989 to 2000 and President from 2006 to 2009. Continue reading

Celebrating a ministry of care

 

Rev Isobelle Shortreed organised a retirement service for Rev Tom Wilson last weekend, Sunday 24 November, at Noranda Uniting Church.

After many years in congregational ministry, including as a home missioner, Tom served at the Wasley Centre from 1980 providing counselling and training in the field. However when the centre moved outside the Uniting Church – to the Wasley Institute – his role was no longer officially a church placement.  Tom has been of great service to the church throughout his ministry, and his work is appreciated by many. Continue reading

New courses at Murdoch delve into religion and spirituality

As society changes, so do the needs in theological education. Minsters, chaplains, religious educators, candidates, curious laypeople—all approach their studies with different types of questions, different degrees of preparation, and different personal and professional goals. There is no one-size-fits-all course of theological study.

Consequently, the Theology Faculty at Murdoch University have been developing several new courses in theology designed to better equip everyone from the undergraduate curious about religion to the experienced cleric eager to pursue advanced study on a particular topic. We are excited that these new courses are now approved and will be open for enrollment in the coming year. Continue reading

Wesfarmer’s questioned about global supply chain at AGM by UCA

Wesfarmer’s Annual General Meeting this afternoon was the forum for a question from the Uniting Church about their subsidiaries’ efforts to ensure that all products sold in their stores meet the basic standards expected for their own brands.

Rosemary Hudson Miller, Uniting Church in Western Australia’s Associate General Secretary, Justice and Mission said, “How will Wesfarmers seek to ensure that all products sold in stores under your control meet the basic standards that you would expect for your own brands?” Continue reading

A joint appeal to the Prime Minister about the use of the term ‘illegal maritime arrivals’

The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Western Australia is today 5 November 2013 a signatory to a letter signed by a total of 138 organisations, appealing to the Prime Minister about the use of the term ‘illegal maritime arrivals”.

A JOINT APPEAL TO THE PRIME MINISTER ABOUT THE USE OF THE TERM ‘ILLEGAL MARITIME ARRIVALS’

 Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the many Australians who believe in the importance of protecting people fleeing persecution, we write to voice our objection to the Australian Government’s recent decision to refer to asylum seekers who enter Australia by boat as “illegal maritime arrivals”.

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