Freed up to follow Christ

At face value, “Be lighter and simpler” is one of the more attractive Statements of Intent* adopted by the Synod.

Who would not want to embrace the notion of being lighter and simpler?

It conjures up images of the simple life, of restful holidays, of no demands, of walks in the sun. It speaks ...

The leading cultural question


NIGEL TAPP

LESS than a decade after it was formed the Uniting Church in Australia boldly declared itself to be a multicultural Church. More than 30 years on from the 1985 statement can the UCA say it is “mission accomplished” or does the statement remain aspirational rather than a reality?

The UCA contains 193 language groups, 56 ...

September Crosslight now available


Melbourne’s Hosier Lane is a renowned location for street art but this week it was in the news as businesses shut off alcoves that were sheltering homeless people. Our front cover illustration is inspired by British street artist and activist Banksy. Image by Crosslight illustrator Garth Jones.

All of the September Crosslight stories are available here. Crosslight ...

Opportunity knocks

DEB BENNETT

Seconds out – How an op shop rivalry turned into a Synod duel

The Box Hill Town Hall in June was the scene of a showdown between two Uniting Church ministers, one that had been building for months.

Rev Cynthia Page and Rev Claire Dawe came to the Synod meeting with their fashion fates in each other’s ...

Safety lesson is one we need to learn

Over the last few weeks I have spent considerable time thinking about safety, security and what it means for us to become a safer church. Some of this thinking has arisen from meeting with survivors of abuse.

Their courage in telling their stories and holding us accountable for what they suffered demands that we work as hard as we ...

Little green thumbs

The youngsters at Scots Early Learning Centre in Hobart put their green thumbs to the test as part of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day in July.

Activities were spread over a week rather than just one day and included planting a herb garden, extension of the existing vegetable garden, construction of a bug house, replenishing flower pots and ...

Time to love

NICKIE GYOMBER

Ok, so we’re born, live, and then we die.

“There is a time for everything under the sun.”

But I’m not sure that it always feels like that. How about that time in between – when you’ve not yet died, but you’re no longer able to live as the person you once knew yourself to be? That ...

Reason to believe

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | GOD IS NO THING: COHERENT CHRISTIANITY | RUPERT SHORTT

There is a strain of English Christianity that sees faith as entirely reasonable and sensible, like packing an umbrella when the weather looks inclement.

We see it in the theology of Alister McGrath and John Polkinghorne, who make arguments from natural theology, who explain how ...

Born to preach

Review by GARTH JONES

TELEVISION | PREACHER | MA

Critic Adam Marshall, writing for Christianity Today, characterises AMC Television’s adaptation of cult graphic novel Preacher as being part of the presently popular vanguard of superhero entertainment.

Reflecting upon these stories as miracle narratives in which good reliably triumphs over cosmic evil, Marshall characterises Preacher protagonist Rev Jesse Custer as a ...

Please disturb

Review by Bob Faser

BOOK | DISTURBING MUCH, DISTURBING MANY: THEOLOGY PROVOKED BY THE BASIS OF UNION | GEOFF THOMPSON

Since 1977, there have been numerous studies of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia. Nevertheless, this recent volume by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson (coordinator of Studies in Systematic Theology, Pilgrim Theological College) breaks new ground.

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