April 2017 Crosslight now available


Indigenous artist Miriam Simon’s depiction of the Fifth Station of the Cross is just one of the many artworks featured in Our Mob: God’s Story. Produced to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Bible Society, the book examines the relationship of Australia’s First People to the Christian faith. Click here for the review.

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Perspectives on Easter


Lead us not into temptation

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word, that comes from the mouth of God.’ – Matthew 4:4

LENT is an important season of reflection on what Jesus Christ has done for us in terms of his life, death and ...

Introducing the UCA NewsBot


Social media has changed the way people find their news. With a quick Twitter search or a scroll through Facebook, users can tune in to the latest political developments, from breaking news out of Parliament House to updates from the other side of the world.

Many politicians now communicate directly with their followers through social media, bypassing ...

Unearthing the early life of Victoria


A church carpark has been peeled back to provide a rare and fascinating peek into the lives of Victoria’s early settlers.

The archaeological work at Wesley Church on Lonsdale St is being conducted as part of heritage requirements of the site’s redevelopment.

The carpark excavation has uncovered the lower structural remains of six single-storey terrace houses and ...

Walk for refugees


Vic/Tas moderator Sharon Hollis has described Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum as a national shame ahead of this year’s Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on 9 April.

Ms Hollis will address the crowd as part of an interfaith panel alongside leaders from Australia’s Jewish and Islamic communities. She will then join other faith representatives ...

Border Farce

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | VIOLENT BORDERS | BY REECE JONES | VERSO

IN 2015, 3700 people died trying to enter Europe. In the decade previous, 40,000 people, possibly one-in-four who stepped on a boat, lost their lives.
How do we stop this?

Much hysterical press focuses on deterrence, which assumes refugees have a choice. In Violent ...

Indigenous Visions

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | OUR MOB, GOD’S STORY: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTISTS SHARE THEIR FAITH  | EDITED BY LOUISE SHERMAN AND CHRISTOBEL MATTINGLEY

IN one of last year’s better books, Position Doubtful, Kim Mahood wrote about how Indigenous peoples don’t just passively receive good and bad elements of introduced European culture, but instead adapt, innovate, ...

Silver celebrations at St Albans


THE congregation at St Albans Uniting Church recently celebrated 25 years of worship with a special service on 26 February.

Back in February 1992, six Filipino families gathered at the Brooklyn Uniting Church in Altona.

This later became the first Filipino Uniting Church congregation in Australia.

The Filipino Uniting Church joined the congregation at St Albans in ...

Reflection, repentance and change


AS a church, we are now deep in the season of Lent. While many practices have now grown up around the observance of this season, the primary purpose is not about rituals but about taking time to think seriously about Jesus Christ and what it means to follow him.

In this invitation to reflect on who Jesus ...

The face of friendship

DEB BENNETT

Rhanee Tsetsakos (nee Lester) is used to teaching people about her Indigenous culture. Growing up in the Uniting Church, participants in the UCA’s About FACE program were semi-regular guests in her Port Augusta childhood home.

“I remembered how much I enjoyed it when I was a little girl and my parents were involved. I grew up ...