Class warfare

Friday Forum


AS I prepare this review, the Coalition government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is entering its second week.

The Australian Christian Lobby, led by Lyle Shelton, is presently staging a ‘no’ campaign launch in Adelaide, the City of Churches.

A quick scan of my – or anyone else’s – social media feed is more than enough ...

Prayers for Mexico

Moderator Sharon Hollis has asked Uniting Church members to pray for people affected by the devastating earthquake in Mexico.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings and sparking fires across the capital and neighbouring towns.

It is the deadliest earthquake to hit the country in the past three decades, with more than 230 confirmed ...

Moderator urges minister to allow Sheryil to stay

Moderator Sharon Hollis has written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to ask that he reconsider deporting Sheryil Allen, a 50-year-old woman with autism, and her 80-year-old mother Florence Allen to India, which would mean leaving behind the rest of their family in Australia.

“Forced separation would do irreparable harm to Sheryil and Florence who are both vulnerable ...

Korea’s pain of having no route to reunification


The Korean War caused a deep wound to all Koreans. More than 10 million people were scattered all over the country and, since all means of communication were cut off, the war-dispersed families had no way to verify whereabouts of their missing relatives.

In 1983, a live TV program titled Finding Dispersed Families aired for 138 days in ...

Urgent call to halt persecution of Rohingyas

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has urged the Australian Government to take a lead in efforts to end the brutal violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

“The Australian Government must urgently work alongside the international community to halt what is justifiably being described as the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority by military forces,” Mr McMillan said.

Mr ...

Crosslight at Synod

The 2017 Vic/Tas Synod meeting began last Friday with a moving service at St Michael’s UC in Melbourne. More than 300 people have gathered together at Box Hill Town Hall to discuss and decide on issues important to the life of the church now and into the future.
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Direct action and the power of prayer



Throughout that past two months I have taken part in two acts of non-violent direct action that involved prayer.

In July, I was one of eight representatives of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) network that staged a sit-in prayer vigil occupying the entrance area of the office of Environment Minister Josh ...

Rohingya protesters call for end of “genocide”

Members and supporters of the Rohingya community staged a passionate demonstration in central Melbourne on Thursday morning to highlight the “genocide” being committed against their people in Myanmar and call on the Australian government to do more to stop the humanitarian tragedy.

Morning rush hour commuters near the Spring St end of Collins St were confronted by ...