Wanted! A Nuclear Free Future

16 December 2014

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA says that “At Christmas I am reminded of the angelic choir on the Galilean hillside, who in anticipating the birth of Christ sang a chorus of “Peace on Earth”. Uranium mining can lead to the growth of nuclear weapons, thus making the world a more dangerous place and a less peaceful world to live in.”

Rev Francis made the comments following the decision of the General Council of the Uniting Church in Western Australia on Monday 8 December, to call on the Federal and WA State Governments to ban the production, deployment, transfer and use of nuclear energy and weapons and reintroduce the uranium mining ban in Western Australia.

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West Australian Church Groups say: “Renewables not Uranium, Minister!”

 

Church groups in Western Australia have called upon the Hon Bill Marmion, Mines and Petroleum Minister to embrace renewable energies instead of thinking of uranium as the fuel of the future. The group said Mr Marmion’s recent comment was ill-informed and dangerous. All of the groups have expressed deep and abiding concerns about the social and environmental costs of uranium mining and the nuclear industry into which Western Australia’s uranium would be sent.

Spokesperson for the group Rosemary Hudson Miller, Associate General Secretary Justice and Mission, Uniting Church in Western Australia said, “Nuclear technologies that utilise non-renewable resources such as uranium, while at the same time producing toxic by-products that have been proven to interfere with human and ecosystem health, are not a sustainable way of providing energy for human consumption. Renewable energy technologies need to be given primacy instead. Continue reading

Week of Prayer and Fasting for Indigenous Justice Underway

 

Members of the Uniting Church in Australia begin a week of prayer and fasting for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders today.

The week includes a public prayer vigil on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra at 10.30am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Individual congregations around the country are also conducting related services and activities, under the banner ‘A Destiny Together’, up until Sunday 23 March. Continue reading

Uniting Church offers sactuary for all child asylum seekers on Christmas Island

The Uniting Church in Australia has written to the Australian Government to offer sanctuary for all children without parents currently held on Christmas Island.

The Church’s offer was prompted by information that children without parents being detained on Christmas Island have been scheduled for imminent deportation to offshore facilities on Nauru. Continue reading

Uniting Church Stands with Civil Society Groups at Senate Inquiry Hearing into DAP

On Friday 31 January, the Uniting Church in Western Australia joined forces with approximately 30 civil society groups to voice their concerns with the federal government’s ‘Direct Action Plan’.

Standing outside the Senate inquiry hearing, behind WA’s parliament house, Glen Banks, Chairperson of the Social Justice Board, represented the Uniting Church in WA along with representatives from the Anglican Church Diocese of Perth, Catholic Earthcare, Quakers, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and the Council of Churches.

To read the official submission made by UnitingJustice to the inquiry click here. Continue reading

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.”

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Uniting for Change Website Launch Invitation

This is your opportunity to be involved in the advocacy work of the Uniting Church and our Agencies.

Next Friday 19 April there is a very exciting opportunity for you to see a demonstration of the Uniting for Change website. You will hear about the aims and objectives of the website and find out more about Social Advocacy & the resources Uniting for Change will provide, to help your congregation/organisation achieve its advocacy goals.

See UnitingforChange Launch Invitation

Please RSVP to Wendy Hendry on wendy.hendry@wa.uca.org.au. We would love to see you there.

Reconciliation: A Two-way Street

An apology can go a long way. But without action, it can also sometimes not be enough.

Five years ago, on February 13 2008, then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, apologised on behalf of the nation for the hurt and damage caused to generations of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were taken from their families by forced removal as part of what became known as the Stolen Generations. Continue reading