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 ...

Witnessing the work of the UCAF

Faith, Work and Witness, a history of the UCAF, was recently launched by Rev Alistair Macrae in Melbourne. Written by Joan Waters, Faith, Work and Witness documents the work of the UCAF while paying tribute to members past and present.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Macrae praised the longstanding commitment of UCAF members.

“Joan’s book is a wonderful testament to ...

Breakfast for a good cause

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month Melbourne was enthralled by the Spring Racing Carnival – the festival bringing together racing delights, warming weather and brimming house sales. Added to the increasing fervour leading up to Christmas, remembering the less fortunate, particularly the 23,000 Victorians who are either ...

Blue Christmas

While for most people Christmas is a time of great joy, there are those within our community who find the festive season a real struggle.

The hurt and pain caused by the loss of a loved one – or other events which have caused stress – can be made even harder to handle because of the need to ‘grin and ...

Ministerial candidates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Uniting Church ministerial candidates were joined by ministers in training and faculty staff at their valedictory service last month. Claire Dawe, Berlin Guerrero, Ross Pearce, Temukisa Vaeluaga and Bruce Watson have now completed their studies at the Centre for Theology and ...

Sweet protest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of people gathered at South Wharf Docklands in October to join the Stop the Traffik Global Campaign advocating that Toblerone be a traffic-free chocolate bar.

The group of people from the Uniting Church, Salvos, (including small brass band) Baptists, Anglican and ...