Uniting in song


Church members from all congregations are invited to come together for a special afternoon of singing in celebration of the Uniting Church’s 40th anniversary.

Wesley Uniting Church will host ‘Uniting in Song’ on Sunday 25 June, which will see the choirs from Wesley and Brunswick Uniting Church join together for a liturgical music celebration. They will sing ...

President welcomes Timorese visitors


A delegation of five visitors from Timor-Leste enjoyed a welcome reprieve from the Melbourne morning chill last month as they met with Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan and synod staff at 130 Lt Collins St.

The group’s visit was sponsored by Ringwood Uniting Church, which since 2011 has been in partnership with Hosana Church in Dili.

As ...

Uniting Church finds light in Dark Mofo


NIGEL TAPP

Hobart arts festival Dark Mofo has always been at the edge offering art expressions whichhave, in some cases, attracted controversy.

The decision this year to headline the event with the three-hour 150.Action by Austrian Herman Nitsch – which has been described as “a bloody, sacrificial ritual” and involves the disembowelling of a bull carcass and ...

Agencies and Share ready to join Uniting

Next month UnitingCare agencies and Wesley Mission Victoria will begin operating under the name of Uniting, as they form a single organisation delivering the Church’s community services.

Share, which raises funds for the agencies, will also become part of Uniting’s fundraising team, and operate under that name.

Uniting CEO Paul Linossier said the new organisation represents a continuation and strengthening ...

Windsor knots


Friday Forum
Your views on the news

For some the most important question of the weekend is what will the bride be wearing?

The bride in question is Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate Middleton who is now known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after marrying Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne and Australia’s ...

Secession a freight full proposition for church chair


King Island Uniting Church council chair Noel Cooke has some advice for Victorian premier Daniel Andrews if he really wants to get the Islanders to swap their allegiance from Tasmania.

“If he can get a reliable V/Line freight train service to come to and from Melbourne every day I reckon we would support him,’’ Mr Cooke joked.

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Fight to stop Adani mine


The Indian multinational company Adani wants to build one of the biggest coal mines in the world in the Galilee Basin in Queensland. The mine would export 60 million tonnes of coal a year and will require the expansion of the coal terminal at Abbot Point.

The development will include dredging 1.7 million tonnes of seafloor from ...

Having budgets for breakfast but one gets a toast


PENNY MULVEY

The second annual post-budget not-for-profit breakfast hosted by UCA Funds Management produced a combination of snappy media grabs and more reflective analysis on the health of Australia’s social sector.

Four panellists addressed the 140-plus breakfasters at the fog-enclosed Kooyong Tennis Club on Tuesday morning, focusing on issues of particular concern to the not-for-profit sector in ...

Indonesians pray for jailed Christian governor


Indonesians throughout the world have joined in prayer vigils over the weekend in support of Jakarta’s Christian governor, who was last week sentenced to jail for blasphemy.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, more commonly known as ‘Ahok’, was found guilty of intentionally insulting Islam and sentenced to two years jail. The trial was regarded by many as a litmus ...

Test of compassion?


FRIDAY FORUM
YOUR VIEWS ON THE NEWS

It has been described by the Prime Minister as a policy based on ‘love’, but the federal government’s plan to impose drug tests on new welfare recipients is not receiving a lot of love from substance abuse experts.

Under a pilot program announced in this week’s Federal Budget, 5000 ...