Some Learnings from Human Centred Design

A few weeks back at Faith in Action we enjoyed hearing from Esther Sugihto around the idea of Human Centred Design. Living with a designer myself I have often been surprised at how helpful the way designers think about and see the world is in community development.  Thinking like a designer …

An incomplete guide to the Uniting Church and how it plays in the social sector

After reading my recent posts, Dr John Flett sought me out to provide some background social information for his German academic colleagues who are contributing to the Rescuing Our Soul Conference in September 2016.  This is the second blog in that series. In my previous blog A Rough Guide to the Social …

ROS – Mission and Ministry Network – Part 2 (Peter)

Mission and Ministry Network and the Four Marks of the Church (Rescuing Our Soul Conference – Part 2 of 3) In my first year at Uniting Communities I was fortunate to be introduced to Rev Dr Les Underwood who was appointed to a ministry role at UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide.  Unbeknownst …

Free market and population health – FiA this Friday (Peter)

This coming Friday is book club at Faith in Action.  We are reading An Other Kingdom (see previous post for details).  The text is based on the premise that we need to replace the consumer market, contractual relationships with an alternative covenantal relationships).  While we should criticise the excesses of …

ROS Recapturing Our Soul Conference – Part 1 (Peter)

Part 1 – Recapturing Our Soul from…? When visiting Melbourne last year with RoadTrip we unexpectedly bumped into Dr John Flett  who invited us to attend the Recapturing our Soul conference in September 2016.  The conference is concerned with the gap between church congregations / Synods and church agencies. Here are the …

We aren’t racist but… (Notes from May Friday Group)

Last Friday FiA had ten participants explore the topic of racism – working with groups congregations who are unable to see how their prejudice impacts on community.  Complex issues like racism, ageism or sexism have many layers at work.  Our workshop used the Integral Framework as tool for identifying / describing …