Creating space for worship

Moving with the times is an essential part of church in the 21st century.

In a bid to connect with the wider community, Point Lonsdale Uniting Church is reinventing itself as Kirk’s Place – with community space, coffee, vintage sales, beauty and mindfulness installations.

Rev Kerrie Lingham said the new space would be staffed by friendly hosts who will sell ...

Divestment ends

A buoyant property market has enabled the Uniting Church Victoria-Tasmania Synod to conclude its divestment program with a limited impact on existing congregations.

The 29 properties sold late last year represented just over half of the 51 originally identified for divestment in October 2013. Most of the properties sold were vacant churches, halls and land, manses and tennis courts. The ...

Cheering on charity champions

SHARE hosted an afternoon tea at the synod office chapel in December to celebrate the ongoing work of the SHARE Ambassadors in championing SHARE’s programs and initiatives.

SHARE Ambassadors Jan and Peter Gilbertson (pictured) have a long-standing connection to the organisation. It began with the involvement of Mr Gilbertson’s father Jack, who was a former chairperson of SHARE.

“His ...

A new edge to the web of learning

Between 12 and 14 of November, the Centre for Theology and Ministry conducted its annual Preaching and Ministry conference, preparing ministers and worship leaders for working with the lectionary cycle for the approaching liturgical year.

This year’s conference had an extra edge to it as a considerable number of people took part by live-streaming. This meant that not all ...

Rebuild begins in Tonga following Cyclone Ian

Rev Siotame Paletu’a thought the worst was over when Cyclone Ian’s Tongan rampage seemed to come to an end after a couple of hours on 11 January. But, as quickly as the winds died down they sprung up again. Rev Paletu’a found himself in the midst of one of the most terrifying incidents of his life.

As a Tongan, Mr ...

125 years at Montrose

Members and friends, both past and present, celebrated 125 years of worship at the Montrose Uniting Church in November last year.
Starting as a home church in 1878, associated with the then United Methodist Free Church, the first worship in a church building took place in 1888.

Stuart Morton is an elder at Montrose UC. He said the ...

The multi-talented face of multi-faith

In December, three poets of different faiths entertained and challenged synod staff over a special lunch to celebrate diversity through Slam Poetry. Slam Poetry is a competitive public performance where participants read or recite original poems and audience reaction determines the winner.

Organised by the Commission for Mission’s Uniting Through Faiths unit, the event included a Q&A facilitated by ...

The price of a bargain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Bindy Taylor

The connection between clothing production and human trafficking has been one of the world’s best kept secrets. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re paying ‘not much’ for a piece of clothing, it’s likely someone has been trafficked ...

Yurora – National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC)

“Faith is a practical thing,” Julian Hamilton, of the Methodist Church of Ireland, preached on the third day of Yuróra. “We must perform the text, and when we do God turns up.”

With a week full of worship, song, dance and social justice, mixed in with a healthy dose of yuróra, how could we not be performing the word ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face of despair: The Philippines has once again felt the full force of nature’s fury as Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst typhoons in history, has caused thousands of deaths and untold injury and damage. This month Crosslight looks at how the Uniting ...