Deb Bennett

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France (1844 – 1921)

After 10 years working in one of the most fulfilling (and fun) jobs I have ever had, I have decided that the time is right for me to leave my role as editor of Crosslight.

As many of our readers know, synod operations has been going through a period of structural change as it responds to the findings of the Major Strategic Review and the challenges facing the church in the 21st century.

This has been a difficult time for many within the synod building, both those implementing the change and those directly impacted.

And many have used this period to take a breath and consider other opportunities.

For me, this means a ‘tree change’ as my extended family moves to central-Victoria for a complete lifestyle change. It is scary, exciting and slightly ridiculous that someone who knows nothing about wine-making (and is not keen on bed-making!) will be running a B&B/boutique winery.

When then-director of communications Kim Cain hired me a decade ago, I knew very little about the Uniting Church in Australia.

Since that time it has been my pleasure and privilege to share the joy, hope, sadness, fear, humour and faith of the unique community that makes up the UCA.

Just as I was never left in any doubt when we ‘got things wrong’ (thank you for the letters, phone calls, social media posts!), readers were equally generous when we got things right – thank you for your support.

Although the team I have worked with has changed over time, one constant has been the professional and personal support that has made coming to work such a joy.

So, just as 10 years ago I took a leap of faith and it turned out OK, with the words of David Bowie (below) ear-worming in my head, I hope in 10 years’ time I will look back and be glad I took a chance in a world I know nothing about.


(Turn and face the strange)


– David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

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