Local faith communities call for climate action

Hundreds of residents in the electorate of Deakin have signed a petition calling for stronger action on climate change.

On Tuesday, people from local Uniting Churches and other community representatives presented the petition in person to Member for Deakin, Michael Sukkar.

The Deakin petition is one of many ‘Community Climate Petitions’ being presented simultaneously in almost 100 federal electorates across ...

Spotlight on ‘hidden homeless’

In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs more than 13,000 people sought the assistance of homelessness and crisis services last year.

Many of them were Melbourne’s ‘hidden homeless’, people who live temporarily with others but aren’t guaranteed permanent, private and secure housing.

Federal Member for Deakin and Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Samantha ...

Rallying to a feminist way of thinking

It’s not every seminar session that encompasses questions of Christology, gender, race and Serena Williams but that’s what happened last Friday afternoon during the With All Due Respect: Theology, Feminism and Conflict conference held at the Centre for Theology and Ministry.

Approximately 140 people attended over the two days of the conference and on Friday evening nearly all ...

Choosing understanding over fear


APRIL ROBINSON

Last month, 35 people from 14 countries and regions gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training in Religious Amity), where I attended on behalf of the Uniting Church.

YATRA, meaning journey in Sanskrit, is an annual two-week program, organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) targeting young people involved in the ...

Hands-on day of fun to celebrate Indigenous culture


The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Tasmania is marking Friday’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with a double celebration this year.

On Wednesday Tasmanian Congress got in early with a fun day of activities.

At Congress’ Leprena centre at Glenorchy, children took part in face painting, designing and painting t-shirts, completing a ...

A mission to ‘extend the kingdom of God’

Rev John Clarke has been inducted as Uniting’s director of mission at a service held at the synod chapel on Wednesday.

Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis presided over the service and said Mr Clarke’s leadership skills will enhance Uniting’s spiritual and pastoral priorities.

“We welcome John as director of mission within Uniting,” Ms Hollis said.

“We will listen to ...

Face to face

NIGEL TAPP

Uniting Church members in Victoria and Tasmania interested in developing a deeper understanding of the Covenanting relationship between First and Second Peoples are encouraged to consider participating in the About FACE program in January next year.

About FACE stands for Faith And Cultural Exchange and has been an activity of the Church since 1984. It aims to build meaningful relationships ...

Languages matter


The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week was ‘Our Languages Matter’. It celebrated the richness and resilience of First Peoples’ languages and the important role of language in connecting Aboriginal people to their cultural identity.

Michael Walsh is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Australian Languages and Honorary Associate at the Department of Linguistics, University ...

The wander years

The Grey Nomad phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down as Baby Boomers retire from the workforce but still feel fit and active enough to travel around Australia for extended periods of time staying in their caravans or campervans.

For Christians, called to be a pilgrim people, it is fitting that they would view this time on the ...

Lobbyist sit-in secures meeting with minister

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has agreed to meet with faith leaders opposing the Carmichael coal mine after a six-hour sit-in protest of prayer and worship was staged on Tuesday at his office building in east Melbourne.

“It’s a significant win,” Fairfield Uniting Church minister Rev Alex Sangster, said. Ms Sangster was one of the core group of eight ...