Tongan students get warm welcome after chilly arrival

Melbourne’s winter weather presented a formidable challenge for a group of young Tongan students visiting the synod CBD offices on Thursday.

Dressed in scarves and large jackets, the delegation of 17 students and four staff members from Queen Salote College shared stories over a light lunch with moderator Rev Sharon Hollis, intercultural unit director Rev Swee Ann Koh ...

Love Makes a Way protesters dragged from minister’s office


Six members of the Love Makes A Way refugee advocate group, including Uniting Church minister Rev Alex Sangster, were forcibly removed from federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s Melbourne office on Tuesday evening after staging a four-hour sit-in protest.

No charges have been laid against the group, which also included Uniting Church members Kristen Furneaux and Jake Doleschal, ...

Indigenous art book wins Christian literature award


An art book illustrating the faith stories of First Peoples has been awarded the top prize at this year’s SparkLit awards.

The Bible Society’s Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share Their Faith took out the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year award.

The book features more than 100 images of Indigenous ...

Wisdom’s Feast explores edgy theology

KIM CAIN

‘God’s love knows no borders.’ The title of the closing prayer summed up proceedings for the roughly 60 people who attended two days of intense study and discussion at the ‘Wisdom’s Feast’ conference, held on the borderlands of the Murray River at Yarrawonga over the weekend.

The event was a collaboration between the Uniting Church’s Centre for Theology ...

Getting to know your Moderator-elect nominees

The next Moderator of the VicTas synod will be elected at the Synod 2017 meeting in September.  Synod members will choose between three moderator-elect nominees: Rev Sani Vaeluaga, Rev Denise Liersch and Rev Stan Clarke.

Find out a bit more about the three nominees with this Q&A.

REV SANI VAELUAGA

Tell us a little about your family/significant other?

I’m ...

UCA leaders denounce Hanson’s burqa stunt

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has condemned One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson’s behaviour in the Australian Senate on Thursday.

 Senator Hanson put on a burqa during Senate Question Time to draw attention to her call for the full body veil worn by some Muslim women to be banned in Australia.

 The stunt drew ...

The unexpected sources of resilience

Attendees at Wednesday’s Moderator’s Luncheon in Devonport heard how resilience arises out of relationships and understanding.

About 35 people braved cold and wet conditions to attend the event at Devonport Uniting Church, where they received a warm welcome and hearty lunch from the local congregation, which expressed its delight in hosting VicTas Synod Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis.

Ms Hollis was ...

LGBTI piece offering from Uniting AgeWell


Over the past two years Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Rowena Allen has eaten more rainbow cake than might be “humanly possible” but the spectacular one on offer at the launch of Uniting AgeWell’s inaugural Celebrating LGBTI week still had special significance.

“I used to work in this building about 25 years ago,” Ms Allen told ...

Terrorism in my country


ANN BYRNE

The most frightening thing I’ve ever seen was a group of Nazis standing on an intersection in New Orleans some years ago: middle-aged men and women wearing the classic brown uniforms and armbands with the Nazi symbol. I asked the taxi driver if they were shooting a movie. “No ma’am, they’re Nazis; they’re holding some ...