Home values



BILL PUGH

Our little weatherboard home was built by a wise man and his wife in the 1950s.

Tools were basic, hammer and nails, and help from Jimmy over the road, an odd job man supplying practical ...

Cause to celebrate


PENNY MULVEY

Next month is the Uniting Church in Australia’s 40th birthday. What memories are conjured up for you as you look back to 22nd June 1977? I was a student at a Methodist girls’ school in Sydney. I ...

Child safe priority

PENNY MULVEY

All churches, sporting clubs, schools, scout groups and any other institution or community group that engages with children are facing legal responsibilities to ensure the safety of children.

Employees and volunteers associated with these groups must put the welfare of ...

Blinding insights

Review by David Southwell

MOVIE | NOTES ON BLINDNESS

For John Hull the experience of totally losing his sight became something of a spiritual quest.

That’s not such a surprise considering he was the son of a Melbourne Methodist minister who ...

Time to refresh the Soap Box


Consider this article a bit of a ‘taster plate’.

There are 16 candidates for ordained ministry within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania at the moment. Sixteen high energy, clever, culturally diverse, interesting people who the Church has selected to ...

The perils of Pauline

Review by Garth Jones

BOOK | THE WHITE QUEEN  |  ONE NATION AND THE POLITICS OF RACE (QUARTERLY ESSAY 65) | DAVID MARR

In his seventh Quarterly Essay, The White Queen – One Nation and the Politics of Race, journalist David ...

Free to believe

Review by Nick Mattiske

BOOK | FAITH AND FREEDOM | TERESA FORCADES

Faith and freedom may be thought of as opposites by those critical of religion. But this is certainly not the case for a thinker such as Martin Luther, who ...

Material world

Review by Nick Mattiske

BOOK | MATERIALISM | TERRY EAGLETON

Terry Eagleton can usually be relied upon for a left-field viewpoint on religion, politics and culture, both in the senses of the political left and the simply surprising. In his latest ...

Synod Snaps – May 2017

The Sipwell faith community celebrated the Easter dawn around a campfire and enjoyed a fish breakfast.

St Luke’s UCA at Devon North in Gippsland, decorated a wooden cross with fresh flowers. It stood outside the church from Maundy Thursday until ...