Plenty of pancakes round the square

Penny the Pancake did the rounds drumming up business while chief grill jockey Travis made sure he got the timing right on the flip.

This was the scene at Federation Square this morning where synod staff, volunteers from the NAB and ...

See the person behind the drug

By STUART MCMILLAN

Twenty years ago I would have opposed safe injecting rooms. My view was drugs are bad and you can’t serve any good purpose by allowing people to shoot-up legally.

Then I started talking with a GP friend at church ...

Reel life

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On Monday, the 89th Academy Awards will be telecast live to more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. While the Oscars might not be as important as the next global summit of world ...

Visit prompts prayer vigils for Palestine

People of different (and no) faiths are invited to pray on Thursday for the situation in Israel and Palestine in the light of the current visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Anglican priest Father James Minchin will conduct ...

Prayer for Essendon plane crash

I found myself driving towards the airport today, just after the plane crashed. My car was at a standstill, I was listening to the radio hearing stories of eyewitnesses their voices full of fear and sadness. I watched as fire engines, ...

Political leadership needed to save lives

UnitingCare drug and alcohol abuse healthcare agency ReGen has urged the Andrews Government to follow the recommendations of the state coroner and immediately establish a safe injecting centre in North Richmond to prevent heroin overdose deaths.

On Tuesday Victorian Coroner ...

Standing up for tolerance

The Uniting Church has backed a move by the Victorian government to expand bystander training as part of a statewide campaign to combat racism in the community.

The campaign, launched on Sunday, includes a $1 million anti-racism action plan that focuses ...

Spiritual first responders

PENNY MULVEY

Chaplains volunteering with the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry spoke to more than 3300 people on the day of, and the days following, January’s Bourke St rampage.

VCC Emergencies Ministry CEO, Rev Stuart Stuart, said it doesn’t matter ...

Coming out and speaking out in Islam

DAVID SOUTHWELL

Australia’s only openly gay imam says that religious leaders with progressive views on sexuality need to speak up to save young lives.

“The frustration is when we keep silent about it as religious leaders,” Nur Warsame said.

Mr Warsame ...

A helping hand

The story of Alan Stafford and the Uniting Church Emergency Fencing Team came to my attention via a copy of an article in the Benalla Ensign last month. It included news that Alan, a long-time member of Benalla Uniting Church, had ...