07 Mar Growing together
Uniting is the community services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT and we are very proud to be part of a church family that is so inclusive and welcoming. Recently we have been enjoying some celebratory events in partnership with our synod friends.
Uniting and St David’s Haberfield Uniting Church have come together to create a wonderful organic community garden in the grounds of the church. The community say they “hope the garden will be a place where the fruit (and veg) of our labours can grow and inclusion can thrive.”
After making initial connections, the congregation and the local Uniting disability team both expressed interest in starting the garden project together. For Uniting, it’s a way for our disability clients to join in the creation and upkeep of a community garden, take pride in their work and, of course, reap the delicious benefits of their labours. For the congregation at St David’s, it’s an opportunity to connect with and serve the community on a deeper level.
For both groups, the community garden will be a way to build an inclusive and caring community, and may open the door for future collaborations, such as cooking classes, sustainability workshops and other community development activities.
Members of the Uniting executive, mission and disability teams attended the garden opening event, along with Rev Steve Lee and other members of the congregation from St David’s, residents from Uniting St Anne’s Summer Hill disability home and people from the local community.
Last month, Uniting and the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT also co-hosted a stall at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day kick off event, where members of the Uniting team had a ball chatting to fairgoers about what our inclusive organisation has to offer.
Research shows that 25% of people who identify as LGBTI do not have adequate access to health and care services. For many of the people we serve (like Bernette who shared her experience here on the blog), the hesitation to access services may stem from a fear that they will experience discrimination. We advocate during the Mardi Gras festival because many of our Uniting people – our residents, clients and team members – have experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation, and we want them to know that they’re welcome and safe at Uniting.
We love working with the Uniting Church to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. Read more about how we work together.
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