Tongan National Conference

More than 1000 Tongan members of the Uniting Church in Australia, their friends and supporters gathered at Kurrajong at the foot of the Blue Mountains in June to take part in the annual Tongan National Conference (TNC).

How bad can it get?

I’m in the middle of the visiting room in Broadmeadows Detention Centre. It’s loud, children running around. Families talking. There is music. But in a corner I see Frank.

The ripples of sex abuse

( Left to Right ) Commissioner Bob Atkinson APM, Helen Milroy, Justice Peter McClellan AM, Justice Jennifer Coate, Robert Fitzgerald and Andrew Murray .

Vote for justice

how can i get my ex back By Nigel Tapp To say we are living in a confusing political climate would be something of an understatement.

A good run

Last year, the five people pictured gave their time and energy to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Project by participating in Run Melbourne, a ‘fun run’ fundraiser held annually in Melbourne’s CBD since 2008.

Sari, sari night

Saras Sundaresan, Cheryl Wood, Anne Crofts, Heather de Vos, Angela Skelton, Norma McKeon, Jennifer Williamson, Margaret Shields, Margaret Mulcahy, Eleanor Allan.

Son of Hollywood

Man of Steel (PG13) In a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, Reverand Lovejoy announces to his congregation: “I remember another gentle visitor from the heavens.

Strengthening ties

Rev Andrew Donnelly (pictured) is only half joking when he talks about the appeal of his new role as chaplain at Uniting Aged Care’s Kingsville facility. “I tell people ‘I like older people, I’m going to be one soon’.

An unlikely friendship

Mohammad is a Hazara – the ethnic minority in Afghanistan often targeted by the TalibanMary Meets Mohammad Review by Nigel Tapp Mary Meets Mohammad is not simply another documentary demanding an end to indefinite manda

Meeting the challenge

Ballarat Central ParishOn 19 May, the day of Pentecost, Ballarat Central Uniting Church issued a challenge to its own congregation and neighbouring churches to climb the steep hill alongside the church and sign the Mic