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Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News
Monday, 15 March 2010

Bushfire Appeal report

To commemorate the one year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires the Victoria/Tasmania Synod and SHARE have produced a report for donors to the Uniting Church Bushfire Appeal.

President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Alistair Macrae and Anglican Archbishop of Perth, the Most Rev. Roger Herft have voiced concerns for the wellbeing of asylum seekers on Christmas Island following a recent visit.

A delegation of church leaders visited Christmas Island last week to see first-hand the conditions under which asylum seekers are detained, and to meet with key personnel and asylum seekers.

General Secretary for the World Student Christian Federation Rev. Michael Wallace, General Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), based in Geneva, Switzerland, has been called back to Aotearoa New Zealand. He will serve as the priest of the All Saints on the campus of the University of Otago and to be chaplain to a university college (Selwyn College) in Dunedin.

The meeting of the 12th Assembly supported a proposal for a new Preamble to the Uniting Church’s Constitution. It has now been referred to the Synods and Presbyteries for consideration.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Act for Haiti

Five days after the earthquake that devestated Haiti's Port-au-Prince the US general running the military relief effort in Haiti says the death toll from the earthquake could be as high as 200,000.

"We are going to have to be prepared for the worst," Lieutenant General Ken Keen, deputy commander of US Southern Command.

Rev Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church in Australia has expressed his concern for the people of Haiti.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

The world has watched in horror as estimates of those killed by the earthquake late Tuesday in Haiti's Port-au-Prince have reached as high as 100, 000.

Many of the 2 million residents of Port-au-Prince live in the grip of poverty and have no infrastructure to deal with this tragedy.

Pace e Bene Australia presents: The Spirituality and Practice of Nonviolent Leadership, a new eight-day, residential program for Church leaders, clergy and lay, in Australia.

A new Christian Education resource will be released in the New Year. It features an encounter with the Nightcliff Congregation (Darwin, NT), an inclusive church community that develops its themes for weekly worship from what is going on in the lives of members, supported by Seasons of the Spirit lectionary-based material.