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Crucified Water Crucified Land
. “This image captures the idea that we have and are crucifying the land that sustains us. Knowing what has been done in the name of Christ, from misguided care of Indigenous people to the exploiting of water while claiming our right of stewardship … there is so much I ...

Victoria’s views

Throughout the past month, Crosslight’s Garth Jones and Tim Lam have travelled throughout Victoria meeting some of the church neighbourhoods that make up the Vic/Tas synod. From songs, to BBQs; fruit picking to political action, these rural churches encompass what it is to be a missional community. TIM LAM reports.

Robinvale community opens ...

Easter Hope when all seems lost

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson is the National Disaster Recovery Officer of the Uniting Church in Australia. He is currently in Fiji assisting the Methodist Church in Fiji to train their ministers and others to further train those in most heavily hit areas following Tropical Cyclone Winston. He reflects on the relevance of the Easter message in modern ...

Also with you

As moderator, I have been attending settlement conferences with survivors of past sexual abuse – particularly those who were wards of the state in the 1950s and ’60s. The experience has challenged me to think deeply about the significant physical, emotional and spiritual impact on those abused.

During the sessions, various lawyers painstakingly articulate the abuse. There is no glossing ...

A Celebration of Ministry

N ELAINE A VALENZUELA-JIMENEZ

Valentine’s Day was a day of loving and a service day of release for Rev James Stewart Murray who retired on 29 February. Pastor Jim, as we fondly call him, became the Minister of the Word at St Albans and Sydenham/Caroline Springs congregations in September 2011.

Pastor Jim’s ministries demonstrated his capacity to ...

Narana Unplugged II

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre invites music lovers to a day of arts and entertainment with Narana Unplugged II.

The festival will be held on Saturday 9 April from 12pm to 6pm at the Narana centre in Grovedale.

Indigenous rising star Yirrmal will headline the festival and perform on the purpose-built Boomerang Stage. He will be supported by ...

Wesley Mission Victoria seeks foster carers

When Jenny Holden and her husband Arthur retired, they felt they finally had time to give something back to the community.

Twelve months ago, they enquired about becoming foster carers through Wesley Mission Victoria. But Ms Holden, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday, wondered if she was too old.

“Turns out we weren’t. We’ve discovered that if you ...

Kicking goals for ReGen

Women who seek alcohol and other drug (AOD) services often encounter severe barriers and discrimination that negatively impact their recovery process. For mothers, the stigma and guilt associated with drug dependence can make treatment an even more confronting and challenging experience.

St Kilda Sharks Women’s Football Club has thrown their support behind UnitingCare ReGen’s work assisting women affected by alcohol ...

Ferment, Change and the Church’s Vocation

GEOFF THOMPSON

The ferment within Christianity during the twentieth century and which continues into the present century is incalculable. The transitions which have occurred in geographical spread, cultural diversity, theological approaches, and doctrinal controversies have been simply phenomenal.  The numerical growth of the church in Asia, Africa and South America alongside its numerical decline in Europe and ...

Countdown to Synod 2016

By Penny Mulvey

The 2016 Synod meeting convenes in just over two months. All are welcome to attend the opening service at Wesley Church Lonsdale Street on Friday 3 June beginning at 7.30pm. Rev Sharon Hollis will be installed during worship before the business proper begins the following day at Box Hill Town Hall.

The theme for ...

Lessons in unity

LARRY MARSHALL

What would happen if you brought a young Muslim, a Tamil Christian and a Sinhalese Bhuddist out from Sri Lanka and asked them to talk about peace and social justice in a Uniting Church school? For anyone who is familiar with the racial tensions in Sri Lanka post the civil war, this would seem unlikely. However, that’s just ...

The early bird catches the conference

A multi-faith conference exploring the relationship between spirituality and disability takes place this August at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne. The conference, ‘Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality’, is endorsed by a wide number of organisations including the Jewish Christian Muslim Association, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria and the Victorian Council of Churches. It will ...