Multi/Cross Cultural News

The National Multicultural Womens Conference will be held on 4-5 November at Parramatta NSW. It is organised by Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and there is a powerful lineup of speakers.


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By Rev. Jason Kioa

This article was published in the e-magazine Grevillea written by Uniting Church members to encourage the life of the UCA and edited by Rev. Dr Chris Walker. 

The Tongan National Conference was formed in June 1987, two years after the declaration by the 4th Assembly meeting in 1985 that the Uniting Church in Australia is a ‘Multicultural Church’.

It began as a three-day conference in Sydney, called by the National Mission and Evangelism Unit of the Assembly as part of its responsibility to look after the ministry and the general welfare of the ethnic congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia. The Tongan National Conference was originally made up of members of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga who have migrated from Tonga and have made the Uniting Church in Australia their ‘home’ Church.

More than a thousand people attending the Tongan National Conference (TNC) have come away nourished in fellowship, development and faith.

Thursday, 05 May 2016

A New Prayer for South Sudan

Gracious God, please bring the blessing of your peace on the people of South Sudan in the crucial weeks and months ahead.

Open hearts so that members of South Sudan's unity government may work constructively together in the interests of all the citizens of South Sudan.

Friday, 11 March 2016

A jubilant welcoming

Mascot Uniting Church reverberated with the joyous sounds of worship for the ordination and induction of Rev. Simote Finau.

Family from Tonga, New Zealand and across Sydney joined with representatives of the Navy, the local community and church members from across the Georges River and Sydney Presbyteries to fill the church to standing room only on Saturday 5 March 2016.

Northern Synod Moderator Rev. ­­Thresi Mauboy Wohangara became the first female minister tooffer the blessing for the Northern Territory Parliament at their first sitting for 2016.

The Moderator spoke about the cultural diversity of the Northern Territory and offered a multilingual blessing in which she used Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Yolŋu, Pitjantjatjara, Solomon Islands Pijin and Fijian.  

Below is a transcript of her address.

Thursday, 03 March 2016

Visit from Prof Musa Dube

The Intercultural Unit of the Commission for Mission in the Vic/ Tas Synod and the Centre for Ministry are hosting a series of talks and conferences in the month of July with the visit of Professor Musa Dube to Melbourne.

Prof. Dube will deliver the Northey Lecture and a series of talks on the theme, “Reading the Bible for Cultural Transformation,” at the Centre for Theology and Ministry.

The intercultural unit has planned two conferences with Prof Dube. From 24-25 July, a Women’s Conference will be held at the centre for Ministry and Theology. A second conference is being planned from 26-28 July for Ministers and leaders from CALD backgrounds at the Korean Church Melbourne in Malvern.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Rev. Tino Scanlan retires

A service at Inala Uniting Church on 31 January marked the retirement of Rev. Tino Scanlan and the conclusion of his placement there.

A minister of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, Tino has been at Inala since September 2008.

Trinity College Qld is offering a new semester unit on Cross Cultural Ministry, on Monday nights, starting February 29.

Australia is celebrated as a multicultural country, with around a quarter of Australians born overseas, according to the latest Census data (2011). This Census also confirmed that WA is the most culturally diverse state in Australia, with 31% of Western Australians originally hailing from other countries.

Rev. Alimoni Taumopeau

I believe that we who are originally from the Pacific Islands ought to stand in solidarity with those most vulnerable to the horrors of climate change.

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