Participants of the Common Dreams Conference, held in Sydney on 11-14 July, have asked all governments and churches to support the Uluru Statement of the Heart. Read more here.
Five things to click this week
Posted in Culture
New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. Here are five recent items that might be of interest to the Uniting Church SA community.
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Henley-Fulham Uniting Church has been recognised on news.com.au for their new café-style services. Starting in January, these services run on the last Sunday of the month and have attracted approximately 20 newcomers to the congregation. Henley Fulham’s monthly “Messy Church” has also seen a rise in numbers since 2013.
The Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed 1,129 workers in Bangladesh happened two years ago on 24 April 2013. Since that time, many clothing companies have been working towards creating more accountable processes and ensuring stricter safety measures are employed, and have signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. This article looks at some of the steps taken since the 2013 collapse.
In this blog post, US author and theologian Ben Irwin talks about the ways churches often engage with youth and young people. He outlines the positive aspects and possible problems presented by special, youth-oriented services and events in congregations, providing insight regarding integration.
Kate T. Parker, a photographer based in Atlanta in the US, has released a photo series titled “Strong is the New Pretty.” These amazing photos depict Kate’s daughters (and sometimes their friends) showing different aspects of strength and girlhood. She encourages people to celebrate whoever their kids are – whether they are strong and dirty, like her own daughters, or the complete opposite.
An interesting new programme taking place at a nursing home in the Netherlands is offering rent-free accommodation to university students in return for them spending time with the senior citizens who live there. This intergenerational programme helps the nursing home’s inhabitants from feeling disconnected from society and provides young students with a place to live.
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"The Day of Mourning worship service encourages us to pause to remember the violence and dispossession inflicted on our First Peoples, and to lament that as a Church and as Second Peoples, we were and remain complicit." - Dr Deidre Palmer
This year's NAIDOC (The National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee) theme is “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future”. It acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. Read what this theme means to Rhanee Tsetsakos, an Adnyamathanha woman.