Golden night for Crosslight

and the communications teams from Synod of Victoria and Tasmania took home three gold awards from the Australasian Religious Press Association on Saturday night in New Zealand.

Synod communications director Penny Mulvey and Crosslight editor Deb Bennett attended the presentation held in Auckland to accept the gold awards for Best Feature Multiple Authors, for Best Review and ...

Why Christians can support medically assisted dying


The Victorian parliament is considering legalising voluntary medically assisted dying. While this raises some uncomfortable feelings for many people, it is a significant issue for the whole of our society, and one we should all consider very carefully.

Some folk will vehemently oppose the whole idea of ‘euthanasia’ (as ...

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


‘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 ...

Zooming around the synod

In 1977, the year of the formation of the Uniting Church, one of the world’s first personal all-in-one computers, the Commodore PET, was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. A clunky beast by today’s standards, this early computer weighed over 10kg and contained a keyboard that many found difficult to operate.

Today, as the ...

Royal Commission report highlights criminal justice


THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse might have concluded both private and public hearings, but the work is far from complete.

Last month the Royal Commission released a number of reports, with the most significant titled Criminal Justice. This weighty volume – 2070 pages including appendices – makes 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the ...

Beyond denominational boundaries


Just a little over a month ago I was sitting in the courtyard of a micro-brewery in the centre of Leipzig, a beautiful city in eastern Germany. The World Communion of Reformed Churches General Council was near its end after 10 days. It had convened for the first time since 2010; on this occasion in ...

Following Christ at Synod 2017


The 2017 Synod meeting begins on Friday 8 September with opening worship at St Michael’s Uniting Church in Collins Street Melbourne. Synod resumes for business the following day at the Box Hill Town Hall.

There will be 295 ordained and lay members representing the eight presbyteries attending for the five days and three nights. They ...