Everything in Common Gifts

Last Sunday afternoon I attended the Canberra launch of UnitingWorld’s Everything in Common Catalogue for 2018 along with a few others from Kippax and people from other congregations around Canberra.

Although I have been aware of UnitingWorld and Everything in Common I did not realize how unique they are in the overseas aid space.  While Oxfam, Tear and others do good work, what UnitingWorld does is work in the background to support local partner organizations in the countries they work in – it’s partnership rather than simply charity.

UnitingWorld’s approach is:

We translate rigorous sustainable community development principles through the lens of our Christian faith.

We work with and through churches, but our programs include all people regardless of their faith, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or gender.  We seek out the marginalized and the vulnerable. We listen to the voices of the poorest.

We believe that local communities are best placed to identify the solutions to their own problems.  Our partners are the local church, helping communities unlock their God-given potential to set themselves free from poverty and injustice.

Our partners know the culture and the context. So often, they can see simple, inexpensive solutions.  We contribute our capacity as an accredited development agency to help fulfill their vision.

As we walk with our partners on this transformational journey, we help to build leadership and organizational capacity.

In the process, we ourselves are changed by the rich wisdom of our partners, their courageous actions and their tenacious faith. We offer this gift back into the life the Uniting Church.

If you like the sound of this, can I encourage you to consider giving gifts this year from the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue?  You can find the 2018 Catalogue at https://everythingincommon.com.au/collections/all-products

Karyl Davison Minister, Kippax Uniting Church

Hold Them Close: New poetry collection

Dear friends and colleagues

I am delighted to announce the publication of a new collection of poetry, Hold Them Close, published by Resource Publications, Oregon, this year.

The collection was launched in Canberra, Australia, this week, by performing artist Colin Milner, at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

The launch was hosted by the centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University.

Poems in Hold Them Close were written during three years in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I lived while undertaking a PhD in New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology from the University of Edinburgh.

I have previously graduated from Flinders University, South Australia, with Bachelor of Theology Honours in 2014, and Bachelor of Arts Honours (Creative Writing) in 2001.

I was awarded the PhD in December 2017, and have been in placement as Minister of the Word at Canberra Central Uniting Church Parish in Australia since January 2018.

Please find attached the media release from Resource Publications, which I hope you may find helpful if you would like to know more, and perhaps share the news of Hold Them Close among your networks, in your publications, or include it in your catalogues. Agnew_Presskit

With best wishes for your creative and community-enriching endeavours.


Rev Dr Sarah Agnew  

storyteller, poet, minister 

Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia

We are pleased to attach the following invitation for:

Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia

 Key findings of the Report:

  • 1 in 6 Australian children (17.2%) aged 0-14 years live in poverty.
  • Too many children experience disadvantage on multiple fronts and are unable to participate fully in their community.
  • Northern Territory has the highest incidence of children at greatest risk of social exclusion (43%), followed by Tasmania and South Australia.Invitation_Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia
  • A local community’s risk of child social exclusion is highly persistent over time.

To be held at Mural Hall, Parliament House, Canberra on Monday, 15 October 2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Note: Visitors, please arrive promptly at 10:10 am for sign in and escort

 RSVP to Tomf@nat.unitingcare.org.au by the 10th of October