Books and voices that challenge

Melinda Tankard Reist Questions relating to faith, purpose and mission were recurring themes at the annual Australian Book of the Year awards held in Melbourne last month.

Changing leadership at Frontier Services

After 18 years extending John Flynn’s ‘mantle of safety’ throughout inland Australia, the national director of Frontier Services, Rosemary Young, has retired.

Ken Sumner begins role as NATISEC director

Former national chairperson and Victoria state director for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), Rev Ken Sumner, was recently appointed the director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Let’s talk about sex and babies

Brooke and Luca A Lenten Appeal grant last year led to an extensive research project looking at the issue of teenage pregnancy in Northern Tasmania.

Service in the service

Rev Mark Dunn on duty in the Solomons When Rev Mark Dunn decided he wanted a challenge in life, he probably had no idea he would find himself preaching to more than 1000 people in the Solomon Islands.

A taste of Taizé

Many people know the name Taizé – either the style of singing or the religious community in France where that style of singing began.

High cost of fashion

APTOPIX Bangladesh Building Collapse Specialty Fashion Group (Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and City Chic) is the latest Australian company to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord.

Tackling greed and poverty

The Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit of the Commission for Mission is inviting Uniting Church members to explore social justice issues at two upcoming conventions held in Melbourne and Tasmania.

Dark days

By Penny Mulvey These are dark days for our nation. No longer are we a place that welcomes strangers. No longer do we model hospitality and compassion.

The future is too close to home

Elysium (MA) “All fiction is metaphor. Science fiction is metaphor. What sets it apart from older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors” – Ursula K.