Bring poverty into the open

Community service agencies in Launceston – Tasmania’s second largest city – are reporting a significant spike in calls for emergency relief support this year.

St Vincent de Paul Society state president Toni Muir said while it was hard to accurately tally the number of new cases, she estimated that about 35 per cent more people had come through the ...

Triumph of light

For the rest of Thursday don’t be shy about wishing any Hindu people you know “Happy Diwali” (the ‘w’ has a ‘v’ sound), and certainly do so if you run into Kirit Kapadia.

Diwali, which falls on 19 October this year, is otherwise known as the Festival of Lights and is a national holiday in India as well ...

Walk the wall


The Great Wall of China was constructed as an impassable barrier, which is how a lot of people see the problem of child abandonment in China.

On Saturday, approximately 150 walkers – including a team from Manningham Uniting Church – joined in a Walk the Wall walkathon at Westerfolds Park to raise more than $20,000 for abandoned ...

Gagebrook fights back after fire

The Bridgewater-Gagebrook Uniting Church centre has bounced back quickly from the devastating impact of the recent deliberately-lit fire.

Less than a week after the 4 October fire caused more than $500,000 damage, community services arm Uniting’s local emergency relief operations, congregational mission work and a food relief service were re-established from a campervan near the site for three mornings ...

Next generation Samoans step up to leadership role


There was a strong youth presence at the 2017 Samoan National Conference as delegates from different synods gathered in Melbourne for four days of worship, singing and reflection.

More than 60 people – including Samoan youth from Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian congregations – came together at St John’s Uniting Church in Essendon from ...

Unconscious bias: judging others by their accents

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People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history.

Are you guilty of judging someone by his or her accent? Snéha Khilay is a specialist in cultural diversity and unconscious bias. She feels this is just another form of unconscious bias and one aspect ...

Faith traditions unite to oppose assisted dying Bill

In what was described as an unprecedented event, leading Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Sikh bodies have jointly signed and delivered a statement to Victoria’s Deputy Premier James Merlino opposing the state’s proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

Representatives of the signatory faith groups, including Victorian Council of Churches (VCC) President Bishop Peter Danaher, gathered on the steps of ...

Church leaders make mental health promise

Uniting Church and community service leaders have pledged to reduce mental health stigma during a session at the UnitingCare Australia Leaders Conference.

The two-day conference, held in Sydney from 10 to 11 October, brings together leaders from the Uniting Church and its community service network.

The opening day of the conference coincided with World Mental Health Day. UnitingCare Australia national ...

No place to call home for LGBTIQ+ people

As Australia continues to debate whether same-sex attracted people should be allowed to marry, World Homelessness Day can serve as reminder that what may be considered a more basic right – to secure and safe accommodation – is denied to many LGBTIQ+ people.

A recent study by GALFA (the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia) found that LGBTIQ+ ...

Moderator releases Mental Health Week video

Synod of Victoria and Tasmania moderator Sharon Hollis says Christians should be aware of the language they use regarding mental health issues if they want to model the love and acceptance of Jesus.

In a video message released for Mental Health Week Ms Hollis said that a fear of being labelled or summed up means some people never talk about ...