Candidates’ Tasmanian retreat

Candidates at Pilgrim Theological College and faculty staff spent five days in Tasmania last month experiencing ministry and the life of the Church in the island state.

It was the first field trip of its kind arranged with a presbytery.

Head of College Rev Dr Jenny Byrnes said it was a golden opportunity for candidates to imagine themselves in ...

Leading the way

REVIEW BY MARGARET REESON

BOOK | OUR PRINCIPLE OF SEX EQUALITY: THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN IN THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA 1927-1977 | JULIA PITMAN

FORTY years after the inauguration of Uniting Church in Australia, it feels natural in 2017 that women are moderators in four UCA synods and a woman is president-elect. But those of us who have ...

Breakfast club

PENNY MULVEY

EARLIER this year, visitors to Melbourne have expressed concern about the increasing numbers of homeless either sleeping rough or begging on city streets.

The issue erupted on the eve of the Australian Open, as tourists were confronted by a homeless camp at Flinders Street Station. Media outlets reported that people were witnessing drug use and felt unsafe ...

Sprent Miles ahead in lay preaching

When it comes to lay preachers, Sprent Shalom Uniting Church is Miles ahead of all others.

After all, three generations of the Miles family have preached from the pulpit of the North-West Tasmania rural church since the end of World War II.

For the last 50 years, Keeton Miles has stood where his father, Gordon, previously led worship. Keeton’s daughter, ...

Making compassion real

ALEXANDER BAKER

Straight off the red-eye flight from Manila to Nairobi, my colleague Alexandra and I were greeted by possibly the biggest smile in Africa, and not just because it stood seven-foot-high off the ground.

Rev Tut Ngoth is the deputy director of the Presbyterian Relief and Development Association (PRDA) and a key player in the peacemaker program in ...

Art with heart

Art lovers, architecture enthusiasts and aspiring artists will all find inspiration at this year’s Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community Art Exhibition.
Celebrating its 14th year, the Forest Hill exhibition contributes to Melbourne’s love affair with arts and culture.

The exhibition features multi-award winning artist Jo Reitze as guest judge and internationally renowned artists Pamela Irving – whose works feature ...

Talking about sex

REVIEW BY IAN TOZER

BOOK | TWO VIEWS ON HOMOSEXUALITY, THE BIBLE AND THE CHURCH | EDITED BY PRESTON SPRINKLE

Homosexuality commonly draws out strident views. Oppositional positions seem to be the norm; dialogue is often elusive. The editor notes this is not a ‘Christian’ versus ‘non-Christian’ debate: it is a discussion within the church.

Seeking to encourage deep engagement, ...

The write way to tell UCA stories

The Uniting Church in Australia turns 40 this year. So it is perhaps not surprising that throughout the synod, many budding historians are unearthing the story of their own congregations and church communities.

Rev Robert Renton is the treasurer of the synod’s UCA Historical Society. The society works with the synod’s archive centre to preserve and document historic records and ...

Pioneer leader in a time of great change

NIGEL TAPP

The Uniting Church achieved two significant goals in the mid-’90s. One was the adoption of consensus decision-making as the official model for meeting procedures. The other was the apology to Aboriginal people. And both occurred during the three-year presidency of Dr Jill Tabart, the first woman to be appointed to the position.

Dr Tabart’s installation in 1994 ...

March synod snaps

Wendouree Uniting Church celebrated Australia Day with a breakfast and service. Ron Hutchinson is pictured here cooking snags for the visitors.



Wendouree senior citizens enjoy breakfast.

Induction service of Rev Kevin Kim into the Trinity Brighton Congregation. The service was led by Rev Fee Morrison, deputy chair of Port Phillip East Presbytery.