Making a difference on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be difficult for some. By Imogen Baratta Choosing a Mother’s Day gift can be difficult: flowers, perfume, or yet another pair of fluffy slippers, it’s all been done before.

A lesson for us all

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle with Year 9 Billanook student Sam Lawson. For many young teens, their first trip unsupervised on public transport is something of a right-of-passage.

Farewell and thank you

By the time you read this column I’ll probably have already installed Dan Wootton as moderator. It’s been an incredible gift to have been moderator for the last three years and eight months.

Easter reflections

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks the disciples. There was a time when I could answer that question with great clarity and confidence.

He is risen

Rev Peter Blackwood paints icons, religious artwork in the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In line with tradition he paints in egg tempera (raw pigment mixed with egg yolk and vodka) onto linen on timber panel.

Celebrating diversity at Melton

Melton Uniting Church recently opened its new church hall, with a procession leading into a service attended by Moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson and more than 250 local parishioners.

God’s Speed

A gathering of more than 60 people packed the Speed Uniting Church to witness the decommissioning of the building.

Lentara UnitingCare awarded

Lentara UnitingCare has been awarded the 2013 Compassionate Employer Recognition Award from Compassionate Friends Victoria.

Dreams become reality

Last month across the nation we celebrated Harmony Day as part of Diversity Week. It would be nice to live in a world where we no longer need a national day to promote tolerance in our culturally diverse country.

Lessons from Ireland

IRELAND has been a leader in investigating institutional child sex abuse, particularly in relation to the Roman Catholic Church.

Advocate facing prison

Moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson has written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, seeking his intervention for a human rights defender in Thailand.

Building a safe church

A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has indicated a significant increase in cases of abuse and neglect against children.