Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Joan Stott UCAF Bursary

Joan Stott UCAF Bursary was established in 2009 to honour the contribution of Joan Stott a past national president of UCAF and former secretary of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

The Bursary is to encourage young people (35 years and younger) undertaking courses equipping them for leadership. 

Awardee for 2012: Hannah Rate (Victoria)        

Hannah from Carnegie Victoria is 20 years old and in her second semester at Tabor College studying for a Bachelor of Theology.

From her application Hannah says she seeks to: "actively pursue the counter-cultural values of the Kingdom of God and what that might look like for a young person today.. and ... if it is God's will, I hope my study will equip me to exemplify Christ in this broken world in such a way that is sensitive, relevant and yet consistent with Jesus' teachings. Whether that manifests in teaching, children's ministry, chaplaincy or being a mum...I do not know: I am trusting that God has purposefully created me with this enthusiasm for theological study and that in God's perfect time, all things will work for good."

Hannah is inspired by the words of the apostle Paul: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Rom 12:2 NIV)