Aim Higher on Climate Change-Press Release 30 January 2014

“The Uniting Church views climate change as a most serious threat to the future and integrity of life on earth,” said the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, Rev Ron Larkin.

“The time has come to aim higher on climate change action.  The Government, through its Direct Action Plan (DAP), has dangerously lowered the bar to a level that is inadequate for effectively tackling climate change.”

Read the whole press release here: 

Another step in an epic journey

 

Rev Brenton Prigge, First Third specialist for the South West Region, was recognised as a minister of the Uniting Church this Australia Day, Sunday 26 January at Busselton Uniting Church. That same day, Brenton and members of his family also became some of Australia’s newest citizens at a morning ceremony.

The family had moved to Australia from South Africa as Brenton took up the call to ministry with First Third in March 2009. He was originally ordained as minister of the Word with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Continue reading

Christian leaders wash Australian flags in repentance of asylum seeker injustice

 

On the Australia Day Public Holiday, Monday 27 January, a group of Christian leaders gathered outside the Perth Immigration Detention Centre to pray publicly, repenting of their silence in the face of grave injustices towards asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. They each then washed an Australian flag while continuing to pray for change in the hearts and minds of Australian people. Continue reading

Three new study materials for 2014 – Season of Teaching and Learning

Do you find it hard talking about your faith? Can you even sort out what you believe in? How are we to live as Christians today? On behalf of the Uniting Church Assembly, the WA Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL) is inviting each congregation and faith community to take up at least one course of study in conjunction with  the 2014 -A Season of Teaching and Learning. Highly recommended are three books specifically designed for shared learning on Christian faith and discipleship. Continue reading

New Testament Course starts 4 Feb!

The Introduction to the New Testament Course starts on Tuesday, 4 February 7.30pm at Star St Uniting Church, corner Star and Archer Streets, Carlisle. Register now with Sophia Lizares s.lizaresbodegon@murdoch.edu.au. Attached is the schedule of classes for this course as well as for the Preaching and Old Testament courses to be held later in the year. A registration form is attached.

2014 Lay Leaders Courses

2014 CEDAL Courses Registration form

 

Moderator sends prayers and support for those affected by WA bushfires

 

We, as the Uniting Church in Western Australia, join with all Western Australians’ as we extend our prayers and care for those experiencing hardship and loss as a result of the bushfire in Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena.  Our prayers and condolences go out to those who have lost their homes and possessions as we share their grief at this difficult time.

These devastated communities touch all of us deeply. Continue reading

A Clear Call: Mission and Evangelism Conference 28-30 March

Registration is still open for “A Clear Call” is a national conference for the Uniting Church on Mission and Evangelism. The conference provides opportunities to engage in how we share our faith contextually using practical applications of sharing the great love of God that was first extended to us. It is for everyone who would like to share their faith and would benefit from conversation, information and practical examples. It is for all people: lay people, ordained, teams, young adults, all cultures and the full spectrum of theology of the Uniting Church. Resource persons include: John and Olive Drane, Scottish theologians and ministers actively involved in Fresh Expressions and Mission Shaped Ministry.  Others are Vicky Balabanski, senior lecturer on New Testament at Flinders Univeristy; Steve Taylor,principal of Uniting College; Mark Cornford, formation project officer in Queensland synod, who will speak on First Third; Jan Trengrove, a rural resourcing minister; Lu Senituli, an evangelism and multi-cultural educator; and Steph Tai on urban ministry. Twelve workshops are also on offer.

 

Venue is the Christian Brothers College in Adelaide. Registrations close 15 March. For more details, please go to http://sa.uca.org.au/clear-call/