Young Muslim helps JIM conference build bridges


When Anam Javed from the Islamic Council of Victoria heard about the Manchester bombing last Monday, she braced herself for the deluge of hostile phone calls the organisation would inevitably receive.

Anam is secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria and she spoke about the challenges of living in Australia as a young Muslim woman at the ...

Filipino churches speak out against martial law

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) has called for peace and interfaith unity following the declaration of martial law on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines.

Violence erupted last week when the national army attempted to capture Isnilon Hapilon, who authorities believe is the main ISIS leader in the Philippines. The ISIS-inspired Maute group stormed the ...

Stark vision of beauty

The side wall of the Uniting Church’s synod offices at 130 Lt Collins St is being turned into a visual meditation on what we see and what we don’t.

Artist Al Stark is into the second week of transforming the Coromandel Place laneway wall into a giant mural and thinks the project will be finished in another ...

Dying with dignity Bill fails in Tasmanian parliament

For the third time in a decade, the Tasmanian parliament has rejected a Bill that would have allowed adults to voluntarily end their lives, under certain conditions, with a lethal drug.

Co-sponsored by former Labor premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassie O’Connor, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2016) would have enabled Tasmanian adults to gain access ...

Piecing together life stories

SYNOD’S Victorian Archives is making it easier for those who were in the care of church-affiliated babies and children’s homes to find out more about their past. Archives was awarded a federal government grant as part of the national Find & Connect project, which has funded casual staff to index the records kept from babies and children’s ...

Closing chorus for printed version of Together in Song

There will be no new printings or editions of Together in Song (Australian Hymn Book II), the hymn book most widely used in the Uniting Church.

Publisher HarperCollins has told The Australian Hymn Book company, the ecumenical body that produces the hymnal, that it will not renew licence agreements with copyright holders when they expire in 2018.

“Parishes, ...

Give them a fair go, Mr Dutton

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has condemned as ‘inflammatory’ and ‘deplorable’ comments made by federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Mr Dutton has described the 7,500 asylum seekers living in Australia as ‘fake refugees’ and given them until 1 October to formally apply for protection or face deportation.

“The Minister is playing politics ...

Rock for reconciliation

Some of Australia’s best Indigenous singers will take to the stage at Narana on Saturday 3 June for the third instalment of Narana Unplugged.

The festival coincides with National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June. Narana is inviting all Australians to reflect on two significant anniversaries in this country’s reconciliation journey – 50 ...

Yes, poor people have mobile phones


The moment I spot the mobile phone I flash a look at our photographer. It says “Uh-oh, can we get that out of there?  If not physically, then at least out of the shot? I totally forgot about mobile phones…”

Then I continue to forget about mobiles because #otherfishtofry and clearly Alex doesn’t read the ...

A new era in Keeping Children Safe


The Vic/Tas synod’s new Keeping Children Safe policy will be available to download this month, along with a number of resources to help implement it.

This policy replaces all previous documents, which are no longer current and should not be referred to.

“Preventing child abuse is both an individual and collective responsibility of the Uniting ...