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


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


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 ...

Search on for next moderator

Wanted: Nominations for moderator-elect.

Attributes: Practically perfect in every way (to quote Mary Poppins).

Well, OK, no one is perfect. However, the 15 points listed on the VicTas website to describe the kind of person the Church looks for in a ...

Candidates’ Tasmanian retreat

Candidates at Pilgrim Theological College and faculty staff spent five days in Tasmania last month experiencing ministry and the life of the Church in the island state.

It was the first field trip of its kind arranged with a presbytery.

Head ...

Breakfast club


EARLIER this year, visitors to Melbourne have expressed concern about the increasing numbers of homeless either sleeping rough or begging on city streets.

The issue erupted on the eve of the Australian Open, as tourists were confronted by a ...

Sprent Miles ahead in lay preaching

When it comes to lay preachers, Sprent Shalom Uniting Church is Miles ahead of all others.

After all, three generations of the Miles family have preached from the pulpit of the North-West Tasmania rural church since the end of World War II.