A new edition of Called by Name: Ministry in the Uniting Church was launched at the Annual Synod and Presbytery meetings 12-14 September. In his introduction, moderator, Steve Francis, said,”The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10.2). Continue reading
The Uniting Church, Synod of Western Australia yesterday expressed deep sorrow at the human cost of the current deterrence regime on asylum seekers.
Members agreed that generally people do not flee their home, family, friends and community to undertake perilous journeys without very good reason. Continue reading
The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Western Australia calls on the Government of Western Australia to place a moratorium on all unconventional gas exploration and extraction activities in WA and to move towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.
The hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process uses large volumes of toxic chemicals at high pressure to extract gas and is known to have contaminated groundwater aquifers. It also produces significant greenhouse gas emissions, in both the extraction process and post-production usage, whilst impacting natural landscapes and ecosystems, as well as agricultural productivity.
The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Western Australia has decided to divest from companies involved in mining, exporting, or energy generation from fossil fuels. Instead, the Church will seek to invest in companies which reduce the impact on the environment through power generation from renewable sources.
The Uniting Church, Synod of Western Australia yesterday agreed to support the changing of Western Australian law so that doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis to be administered under supervision.
The proposal was brought by the Synod of Western Australia’s Social Justice Board and asks that the Western Australian Parliament, in conjunction with the National Drug Research Institute, explore options for the appropriate availability of medical cannabis. Continue reading
The Volunteer Team Leaders for the Local Organising Committee of the 14th Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia have been announced and presented to the members of the Annual Meeting of the Presbytery and Synod of the Uniting Church in WA, which is meeting this weekend in Bentley. The Assembly meeting, held every three years, will be held in Perth in 2015. Continue reading
The Inaugural Presbytery Expo kicked off today with a range of the church’s agencies, boards and commissions on display for people to interact with and learn about.
The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) opened the day with worship, followed by attendees splitting up and choosing from a range of sessions to attend.
The Council of Churches WA shared information on Act for Peace campaigns, which support people living in areas affected by conflict. Guests learnt about some of the struggles refugees living on the Thailand/Myanmar border are facing, as well as learning about the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, which supports vulnerable communities and reports human rights abuses witnessed in the area. Continue reading
Ray Simpson, tutor of Celtic Christian Studies and author of over 30 books on spirituality, church and society, is leading retreats in Western Australia in May 2015. He will be leading a three-day non-residential retreat on 14-16 May at Noranda Uniting Church, 79 Camboon Road, Noranda. Following that is a Koora Desert Retreat from 18-22 May.
If humans have free choice, why are there many bad choices? Did the devil make you do it? Dr Carol Newsom, professor of Old Testament at Emory University in Atlanta, USA will be speaking on these questions about moral agency from the perspectives of biblical and early Jewish thought. The lectures are on 8,13 and 15 October from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University. Topics: Continue reading
Join the Makes You Wonder training workshop with Ian Robinson on Saturday, 8 November 2014
- To find others find their own voice for sharing the faith that they actually have in the worlds in which they live and move and have their being.
- To develop confidence in the power of being simply their Christian self.
- To realise afresh how great a Gospel they have received.