Nurturing faith

For the past seven years, the Uniting Church’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program has provided pastoral training to minsters, lay people and students.

The program is offered through the synod’s John Paver Centre and run in collaboration with the Centre for Theology and Ministry. Participants come from a variety of work backgrounds – prisons, forensic psychiatry, schools, aged care and ...

Honours for North-West Tasmania churchwomen

When long-time Burnie Uniting Church member Mavis Rowlands was informed she had been successfully nominated for an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), her first instinct was to not accept it.

However, noticing how much effort had been put into preparing the nomination Mrs Rowlands agreed to accept the medal.

The recognition was for her service to conservation, youth and to ...

Young people the agents of change

NIGEL TAPP

Sometimes it is easy to forget that when it comes to putting meat on the bones of faith-filled missional activity, children can be just as effective, and committed, as their elders.

At the Kingston Uniting Church, about 15 km south of Hobart in Tasmania, that lesson is clearly expressed.

Following a visit in May 2016 from Ugandan ...

Laid low for Lent

We are in the season of Lent. From childhood we were encouraged to give something up to enable us to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus. People fast or give up red meat on Fridays. Give up technology. Give up alcohol.

All noble sentiments but I am not sure whether they translate into any concept of the exquisite pain ...

For the slave is his money

REVIEW BY MARK ZIRNSAK

BOOK | HUMAN TRAFFICKING, THE BIBLE AND THE CHURCH  | MARION L S CARSON

THIS book has two sections. The first explores what the Bible says about slavery and how that can inform a Christian response to modern-day trafficking of people. The second focuses on trafficking of people, mainly women and children, for the purposes ...

New reality of reconciliation

Language carries layers of meaning and shapes our imaginations. ‘Ash Wednesday’ in Australia calls to mind the bushfire season. We are attuned to the attendant media images of potential destruction.

The force of fire, wind and heat was used by the First Peoples to cultivate the land, opening seedpods and prompting new growth. For the Aboriginal peoples, the power ...

Letters to the editor – March 2017

Unclear reflection

There are times when I hesitate to take Crosslight home because I cannot understand a lot of what is written.

The sentences are often so long that I have to go back to the beginning to try and get the gist of its meaning.

What has finally caused me to write is in the November issue’s ‘Pilgrim Reflection.’ ...

Tails of hope and despair

FILM | A STREET CAT NAMED BOB | PG

Review by BARBARA ALLEN

Loosely based on James Bowen’s 2012 autobiography, A Street Cat Named Bob, this movie is about the relationship between a homeless man and a cat.

Bowen (brilliantly played by Luke Treadaway) is a recovering heroin addict who moves into assisted accommodation, where he is befriended by ...

The Book of Mormon review – knocking religion with gusto

Garth Jones reviews The Book of Mormon.

Religious satire has existed for millennia, pre-dating Christianity itself.

From the work of Greek playwright Aristophanes – circa 400BC – through to last year’s ribald Seth Rogen animated comedy Sausage Party, the tradition of art questioning belief is fundamental to humanity’s ongoing spiritual evolution.

In his 2003 book A Serrated ...

Uniting AgeWell takes a stand at Midsumma Festival

Aged care provider Uniting AgeWell will make its presence felt at one of Australia’s biggest festivals of gay and alternative sexualities.

The agency will be represented by a stand at the Midsumma Festival’s opening event, the Midsumma Carnival, this Sunday on the lawns of Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne.

Chair of the Uniting AgeWell Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) ...