Posted: August 5th, 2009 | Author: media.room | Filed under: Cross Cultural Ministries, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania | Comments Off
Community and church leaders are urging the community to embrace and support members of Melbourneâ€™s Somali community who are still in shock after more than 400 federal and state police on Tuesday raided Melbourne homes on the grounds that they were trying to thwart an alleged terrorist plot.
Today Omar Farah, a Somali Community Leader in Carlton, and the Rev Dr John Evans, Minister ofÂ the Church of All Nations, Carlton, made a plea to the community not to smear all Somali people as terrorists or associated with terrorism following the arrest ofÂ an Australian Citizen of Somali descent on terrorism related charges.
â€œThe charges are against an individual,â€ Mr Farah said, â€œand not against our whole community. If the evidence is there that someone has broken Australian law, then that person rightly should face the consequences. It is not right that all people who come from Africa should suffer for the actions of a few.â€
Dr Evans, whose church works with Somali and other African people, said: â€œAfrican people, like all recently arrived migrants, find it difficult to be included within Australian society as it is. The whole community does not need to be smeared with the alleged inappropriate actions of a few individuals.â€
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Posted: July 15th, 2009 | Author: media.room | Filed under: Cross Cultural Ministries, Outreach Ministries, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania | Comments Off
The unsung work of Victoria’s healthcare chaplains and pastoral care workers was recognised by the Health Minister Daniel Andrews today.
“The work of the (Health Chaplaincy Council of Victoria Incorporated) is highly valued by this government and one only has to spend some time in a hospital to see the benefits brought to patients, their families and staff by chaplains,” Mr Andrews said at the opening of the HCCVI’s new offices in Collingwood.
Mr Andrews praised HCCVI, a multi-denominational organisation, for its valuable contribution to supporting Victorians in need through the healthcare system.
The Uniting Church’s Rev Paul Creasey, of Outreach Ministries, said the state government has provided funding for a number of UC chaplains – who work alongside chaplains from other denominations and those from other faiths.
“It’s certainly an important recognition of the work we do,” Mr Creasey said, adding that chaplains are increasingly supporting people from many cultures and a range of faiths.
Posted: May 20th, 2008 | Author: media.room | Filed under: Cross Cultural Ministries | Comments Off
The Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania will host a service to commemorate the victims of the earthquake in China and the victims of cyclone Nargis on Friday 23 May at Wesley Uniting Church, Melbourne.
Director of Cross Cultural Ministry and Mission at the Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria, the Rev Don Ikitoelagi said, “as we gather together to commemorate the victims of Cyclone Nargis and the earthquake that has rocked south-west China, the Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania offers our sincerest condolences to all affected by this tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »