Fair trade locally

Posted: July 29, 2008 in fair trade

want to know what and where you can get fair trade tea, coffee and chocolate?

Fair Trade

In the Supermarket:




Global Café Direct:




Scarborough Fair:


Coles Fair trade


Green & Blacks Maya Gold:


Scarborough Fair:





Mick at State of Bean roasts fair trade coffee here in wollongong

to get in touch with Mick check out state of bean


Sal Paradise opposite student central sells

100% Fair Trade Sacred Grounds Coffee

act now and buy your coffee there!


Spring Session 2008

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Spring Session 2008 has been marked with the launch of unitingspiritually.org – Its still attached to this blog, but in the future we’ll look to expand our own domain

Welcome if you’re new. Please feel free to check out the site, and stay in touch for annoucements, events and reflections.

Next Tuesday Uniting Church Chaplaincy at UOW is supporting a reconciliation event at the Brewery. On Tuesday April 29 at 7:00pm thousands of Australians are holding simultaneous Reconciliation GetTogethers across the country.

The aim is simple: to share our stories and our hopes for reconciliation and meet some new friends from our local community. So, you are invited to a discussion starting 7pm at the Brewery (Win Entertainment Centre) on the 29th April. Meals avail from $10-15 for those who wish to eat there.

This event is registered with GetUp, who are encouraging indigenous and non-indigenous people from all around Australia to get together on this night to talk about how we can make our country better for all.

You can RSVP directly to Michelle Ferguson or through http://www.getup.org.au/community/gettogethers/view.php?id=1026
or find a gathering closer to you at http://www.getup.org.au/community/gettogethers/series.php?id=17

Hope to see you there – and please feel free to pass this invite on to anyone you think may be interested in coming along.

Easter Sunday to one of us

Posted: April 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Here’s a reflection that Luke shared on Easter Sunday at Keiraview… whats your thoughts on easter?

What does Easter mean to me?

For the last three years Easter has begun for me on Ash Wednesday, having spent the day before eating all the pancakes I could fit into my mouth. For the forty days of Lent in these three years I’ve struggled, with varying degrees of success, to give up all kinds of things, from television, coffee, meat, sweets, soft drink and alcohol, and at the same time, trying to study for uni, maintain relationships with family and friends, and be a more devoted and faithful Christian than I am the rest of the year, again with mixed success.

All this has been made easier in some ways, harder in others, by a dinner had every Thursday night with friends, where we share our thoughts and feelings on life and faith as well as good food and drink.
Also, for the past three years my Easter experience has been marked by the celebration of Holy Week, the week in which or church recounts and remembers the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and in particular Maundy Thursday where, through the re-enactment of Jesus’ washing of the feet of his disciples, we are reminded of our duty to serve each other in love.

For me the ‘Good’ Friday that follows is a day to reflect on the defeats of life, the death of a loved one, the breaking of a friendship or the loss of meaning, purpose, direction and of hope we have all in some way experienced in our lives, both individually and as a community. It is also a time to reflect on the suffering of peoples all over God’s earth in their struggle with injustice, inequality and poverty in the hope of a better life, and of the groaning of the whole creation from exploitation and pollution.

It is this very struggle and suffering we reflect on during Good Friday when we remember Jesus’ peaceful defiance of the temptation to accept or compromise with empire, the kingdom of man, and the injustices of inequality, exploitation and slavery that go with it, and of a life less than that promised by his and our God, for his and their struggles and sufferings are one.

For me Good Friday is also a day to reflect on Jesus’ sufferings for his people and his God whom he loved, and think what kind of love, service and sacrifice God is asking of me through his Word, Son, Spirit and Body. Finally, it is also a day to remember that it is Jesus who is my temple and sacrifice, and therefore my source of strength, comfort and happiness, not the expensive and extravagant trappings and past times often exalted in our culture and society.

On the Sunday that follows, the gospels story of the resurrection of Jesus, retold today by the whole Christian church, reminds me that despite the loss and suffering I and all have and will continue to experience in my life, and that which I see in the world around me, God, in and through his Son, his people and the whole creation, has promised and still has more of life to give to us all.

Because of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, whatever it may be, I can have faith that the loss, brokenness and selfishness I see in my own life and the suffering and injustice I see in the world, can be transformed, and a new life found. It is this new life that I hope for and have faith in, and that I believe comes with each celebration of Easter, that continues to inspire me to live a life more worthy of the gift of Christ and the Christian faith, and tis new life which is the meaning of Easter for me.

Easter & EtS

Posted: April 8, 2008 in EtS

Echoing the sacred took a different turn this year. we were somewhat forced to downsize. BUT, the expereience of walking the streets of wollongong with overlayed reflections on Jesus’ journey to the cross was really significant.

our feet were bare, cut, grazed, and brused.

our feet were bathed, washed, and soothed.

we shared stories, we shared a journey, we shared a meal.

all on a holy night, as the storm rolled in, the night he was betrayed.

Its O Week @ UOW

Posted: February 19, 2008 in Clubs & Socs, events, UoW

Its O week at the Uni and theres lots happening: you can check out the unicentre website for all the details. BUT one thing not to be missed is clubs day on Wednesday.

Come by and check out all the great clubs UOW has on offer, and of course please stop by UnitingSpiritually table. We’ll be having a picnic most of the day, so if you want to join us, bring along some food and maybe a rug.


Also if you’d like to help hand out sunscreen, ice blocks & drinks – we’d love the help.

See you on the Duckpond lawn 10am-3pm!

Today we witnessed an amazing shift in the Australian psyche through the public recognition of Australia’s shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd unconditionally declared:

to the stolen generations I say the following:

As Prime Minister of Australia, I am sorry.

On behalf of the Government of Australia, I am sorry.

On behalf of the Parliament of Australia, I am sorry.

And I offer you this apology without qualification.

You can check out full audio of Rudd’s apology here: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/audio/200802/20080213-rudd-apology.mp3

At the beginning of his speech Rudd made this stated:

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

here’s video of the opening of his speech: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200802/r223417_882357.asx

Lent has begun

Posted: February 11, 2008 in lent event
Lent Event

Wednesday the 6th Feb marked the beginning of Lent – whats Lent? its the season of 40 days [minus sundays] before Easter which encourages greater simplicity and focus on God. the period invites us to ‘travel’ with Jesus towards Good Friday which marks his execution. Its a time to take stock of our own lives, and enter a spiritual journey of simplicity, discipline and devotion.

UnitingSpiritually has been participating in Lent Event for the past couple of years. this year our Thursday night dinner will participate as a community, both giving up and taking on. Each thursday we’ll collect donations that will be given to Lent Event after easter to go towards projects in developing communities in Zambia, Sth India, Sudan, West Timor, and Papua New Guinea. Check out more about UnitingSpiritually & giving stuff up and of course the Lent Event website

Fair Trade Video

Posted: February 11, 2008 in fair trade, Uncategorized

Jesse Newman of UnitingSpiritually has produced a fantistic resource about Fair Trade aimed to promote and eductate. Jesse spent 2007 working with Keiraview Uniting Church to produce such projects… check it out, and of course spread the Fair Trade message! If you’re intested in sourcing fair trade coffee roasted and ground in wollongong, check out State of Bean. Congratulations Jesse!

For those of you who get the NSW Uniting Church Synod Magazine – Insights – a DVD will acompany the subscription. there’s also a feature online at Insights – so check it out


Posted: November 19, 2007 in events

recreate UnitingSpiritually Retreat.