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Productivity Commission right to focus funds on greatest need

on 22 Jul 2014 by

UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see priority going to where need is greatest in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Early Childhood Care and Learning. “Introducing a simple funding system in which subsidies are means-tested and based on the cost of providing a service rather than chasing fees charged is a positive direction for the [...]

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NAIDOC Family Day a success

on 17 Jul 2014 by

NSW Congress was invited by Rev Chris Budden for the second time around  to hold a stall at the Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Day event  at Pelican Foreshore on the 11th of July, Friday. We were one of approximately 17 stalls. Congress merchandise such as shirts, hoodies, caps, mugs and lanyards were sold and we were [...]

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New church discipline regulations offer help to deal with unwelcome behaviour

on 10 Jul 2014 by

The purpose of pastoral discipline is to help every member of the church to grow to be a mature and Christ-filled disciple within the fellowship of a strong and vigorous congregation (Ian Tanner) At its most recent meeting, the Assembly of the UCA made changes to section 5.2 of the Regulations (‘Pastoral Care of Members’) [...]

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NAIDOC WEEK, 6-13 July

on 03 Jul 2014 by

NAIDOC Week  is  held  every  year  as  an  opportunity  for  us  all, Aboriginal  and non-aboriginal, to  celebrate the First Peoples of Australia. There are  many  resources  available  on  both  the  Assembly  and  the  NAIDOC websites www.assembly.uca.org.au  and www.naidoc.org.au to use to celebrate this week in your churches. Let  us  each  make  this  week  a  time  [...]

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Growth in dementia needs cannot be ignored

on 27 Jun 2014 by

UnitingCare Australia today expressed concern about the abolition of the Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement. “The Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement was introduced to meet the additional costs of caring for people with severe needs. While that cost has proved to be much larger than expected, that is reflective of the significant level of need [...]

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Refusing to profit from destroying the earth

on 27 Jun 2014 by

On Thursday June 26th a group of eight Ministers and lay people from Uniting, Catholic, Anglican and Brethren Churches participated in civil disobedience in northern NSW. They included two grandmothers. Locking on to a device in the shape of a cross, they publicly prayed together and managed to stop mining equipment from entering the site [...]

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The Uniting Church in Australia Celebrates its 37th Anniversary of Union

on 19 Jun 2014 by

The Uniting Church in Australia Celebrates its 37th Anniversary of Union with a Multicultural Worship Service in Sydney’s CBD An Ecumenical Multicultural Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Sydney’s CBD on Sunday 22 June, to commemorate and celebrate the Uniting Church in Australia’s 37th Anniversary of Union. The Service will commence at 6.30 pm [...]

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Uniting Church joins in call to reject changes to Racial Discrimination Act

on 17 Jun 2014 by

“Racism is a serious, continuing problem in Australia. Beyond the well-publicised recent examples of racial abuse on the sporting field and public transport, research by VicHealth, the Scanlon Foundation and others has documented widespread racial discrimination. Research also confirms that racial discrimination and vilification can cause serious mental health impacts and other social harm. Racism [...]

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“We can’t as a nation walk on an international stage if we don’t clean our backyard.”

on 03 Jun 2014 by

Dr Timothy Bottoms, guest speaker at the annual Myall Creek gathering on Sunday 8 June, says he debunks ‘the pioneering myth’ that Australia was settled in a peaceful manner and is passionate about truth telling in history. Each year upwards of 400 people from across the country gather on the June long weekend to commemorate [...]

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Uniting Church Community Services Database

on 02 Jun 2014 by

UnitingCare NSW.ACT is compiling a database of acitvities undertaken by churches to illustrate how engaged congregations are in our local communities. To date they have 180 congregations delivering 294 different services and activities from social support, housing, disability programs, aged care, food support services, fundraising to childcare. If you have an activity that your congregation [...]