Plenty of goodwill served up at Ramadan dinner

Larry Marshall

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’: Matthew 25:35

The beautiful Islamic call to prayer echoed through the hall of St Thomas Uniting Church in Craigieburn, in the north of Melbourne, as Muslims from the Australian Intercultural ...

The youthful spirit of Pentecost

Friday Forum

Having recently celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit and the beginnings of the church, it is worth reflecting on the account of Pentecost in Acts 2.

However we understand the reality sitting behind the text, or how the text came to be as it is, we can nevertheless see a broad vision of community. ...

With courage let us all combine

UCA Assembly President Stuart McMillan said the federal government’s decision to award $70 million in compensation to asylum seekers kept in offshore detention once again showed what a moral failure the policy has been.

Mr McMillan renewed the Church’s call to close the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, bring asylum seekers to Australia to process their ...

Op shop rises from the ashes


The Bridgewater Gagebrook Uniting Church has re-opened its op shop doors again after the building was severely damaged by a deliberately lit fire on 6 April.

About $35,000 damaged was caused to the Tottenham Rd property, located in Hobart’s northern suburbs. The fire and smoke damage destroyed all goods housed inside.

The congregation has spent about 10 weeks ...


Eleven people connected with the Uniting Church in Victoria were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list released on Monday.

Julie Cox (pictured) was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) while the remaining 10 received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Ms Cox – a former teacher and director of special education ...

ReGen rejects ACL views on helping drug users

UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, has  responded to claims made in last Friday’s Herald Sun that a change in the Victorian government’s opposition to the establishment of a pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Richmond, “would enrage Christian groups” (‘Services back injecting room’, 02/06/17).

Breaking the fast and building understanding

On Thursday St Thomas’ Uniting Church in Craigieburn will host an Iftar dinner, the traditional Islamic breaking of the fast meal held at sundown during the period of Ramadan.
Twelve people will attend from St Thomas and 12 from the local Turkish Muslim community.
Diners will sit at six tables with an equal representation of Christians and Muslims.

The ABC’s War on Religion



The ABC is failing Australia’s faith communities with its contempt for religious programming.

This is a particularly painful admission for me as a lifelong believer in public broadcasting and an ABC employee of more than 10 years.

Over the last three years program changes driven directly by ...

John Cleary laments the ABC’s loss of belief

John Cleary says he looks back on his career as a religious broadcaster with a personal sense of fulfilment but fears his old employer has lost its sense of purpose.

Cleary wrapped up a 30-year career producing and presenting religious programs for ABC radio and television last December with the axing of Sunday Nights, the four-hour nationally ...

Taylor-made message of resilience


Undeterred by the sudden arrival of wintery weather, 80 people attended the UCA VicTas moderator’s luncheon panel at St Stephen’s Wodonga titled ‘Courage roars quietly’.

Facilitated by Rev Sharon Hollis, the three-women panel had the audience enthralled as they discussed keys to resilience both as individuals and as a community.

Various experts describe finding resilience ...