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 skill and a garage of handy items. A small bank loan was obtained and work proceeded as wages ...

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 had no understanding of the many years of prayer and negotiation, heartache and theological debate that led to ...

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 the child front and centre. That means understanding issues such as grooming; bullying behaviours; children who are potentially ...

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 became a theologian and eminent religious educator.

John’s determination to wrest a sense of meaning from his mid-life ...

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 work toward ordination for either Minister of Word or the Diaconate from across five presbyteries.

The Church is ...

Understanding Pope Francis’ (and Andrew Garfield’s) spirituality


What do Pope Francis, and actor Andrew Garfield, who plays a lead role as a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence, have in common? Answer: they have both undergone the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits in 1539, and whose Exercises are at the core of Jesuit spirituality.

For both Pope ...

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 Marr examines Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s re-emergence in our current global political context.

Collaborating with a team ...

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 thought that only faith can free us from slavery to our self-interest. And it is not the case ...

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 book, he investigates the concept of materialism (the philosophical concept rather than the idea of hording riches) in ...

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 Easter Tuesday.

Moderator Sharon Hollis preached at her mother’s congregation at Dookie Uniting Church on Easter ...