Shining a light on four years of offshore cruelty

Thousands braved the chilly Melbourne weather on Wednesday evening to join in a candlelight vigil marking four years of illegal offshore detention.

It was one of 57 rallies held nationwide, with similar events taking place in major cities and regional centres throughout Australia.

On 19 July 2012, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd introduced mandatory offshore detention for all people who ...

Sound investment in the love of music

A group of young people’s dedication to making music has certainly hit the right note with Sammy Stamp, who gave them $2000 to buy some much-needed equipment and record their performances.

Young people with disabilities have been taking part in the U Music Group, run by local musician Dennis Kadmon and his partner Anne-Marie Becu, at the Leongatha Uniting ...

Farce to be reckoned with


Review by Penny Mulvey

In need of an escape from icy winds and grey skies? Despairing over the tedious headlines relating to Turnbull/Abbott/Pyne/Shorten/[insert name here]? Unable to crack a smile over the latest tweet from the White House?

Perhaps a tonic is required. A trip to Tahiti or Hawaii or some ...

UCA calls on government to support nuclear treaty

The Uniting Church has called on the Australian government to sign a historic United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons.

It comes as North Korea successfully fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this month. It was the eleventh missile test conducted by the North Korean government this year.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, ...

Fighting discrimination is in our DNA

Friday Forum

Rev (Deacon) Andy Calder

Forty years from our birth as the Uniting Church, the Basis of Union still reminds us that mission is nothing less than the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation (Paragraph 3).

The Church is called to serve that end and continue the ministry of Jesus in word ...

Muslim women attacked and alone

The majority of bystanders do not intervene when they witness an Islamophobic attack in public, according to a report released this week.

The Islamophobia in Australia report was conducted by the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University and the Islamophobia Register of Australia. It is believed to be the first study of its kind in ...

Why reproductive health and choice matters

Thirty years ago, on July 11 1987, the population of the world reached five billion. Since 1990, this day has been recognised by the United Nations as World Population Day (WDP) to raise awareness of population issues.

The population of the world today is 7,518,737,772 and, quite literally, counting. By the time you have read this, at least ...

Getting pollies on the same page over pokies

Tasmanian politicians will have plenty of reading material as they head off for the winter break thanks to one Wesley Hobart Uniting Church member.

James Boyce, author of Losing streak – How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry, yesterday signed copies of his book, which the Tasmanian Greens will send to every Tasmanian MP.

On Sunday Mr ...

God save us from secular intolerance

Friday Forum


A significant number of anti-religious atheist commentators have seized the opportunity to cite the recent census results to push their agenda. I distinguish these people from the vast majority of atheists who, like the vast majority of people who hold religious views, value our multicultural society and have a ‘live and let live’ attitude. This is ...