Lessons from Holy Saturday

By Penny Mulvey

As you read this, you will have travelled the journey of Lent, felt the grief of Jesus’ death on the cross, and joined with others to celebrate that Christ has risen, the cornerstone of Christian hope.

What about Saturday – that day in between? The day when the disciples had to accept that their ...

War wounds

Book | Moral Injury – unseen wounds in an age of barbarism | Edited by Tom Frame

By Penny Mulvey

What happens to those who, due to particular circumstances, are faced with having to make unacceptable decisions; choices which in normal life are not just illegal, but shocking, deeply offensive, and from which most of us would revile?

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Synod family camps

The March long weekend is traditionally a time of camping in the Uniting Church.

The Synod Social Justice Family camp at Adekate is in its sixth year. This year approximately 70 people (16 families) with ages ranging from four through to 18 explored the theme of ‘the personal is political’, looking at prayer and social justice.

On ...

Leading for others

Book | The Anonymous Leader: An Unambitious Pursuit of Influence | Ralph Mayhew  

Review by Scott Guyatt

Leadership, it seems, is the new buzzword. Whether in politics, sport, culture or the church, one need not scratch very deep to find a view that leadership is either the cause or the solution to whatever challenges face a particular organisation.

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Witness to history

Book | Bystanders | Valerie Volk

Review by Alan Ray

The Bible contains a library of dramas. Similar to a festival of plays we have, in the one book, historical, romantic, morality and mystical plots.

Valerie Volk invites us to become immersed in 15 of these stories through the eyes of bystanders to the main action. Just as ...

Synod Snaps – April

Synod Snaps brings you images from throughout the Church and beyond.

The working bee at St Luke’s Uniting Church in Morwell



World Day of Prayer service at Swan Hill Uniting Church



Eaglehawk Uniting Church members prepare their float for the ...

Beaconsfield a decade on

NIGEL TAPP

A decade ago most Victorians would not have been able to confidently place the small Tasmanian mining town of Beaconsfield on a map, even if they knew it existed.

But then, on 25 April, 2006 – a decade ago this month – the Tamar Valley town became the centre of world attention when three miners ...

Garden project a blooming good idea

UnitingCare Tasmania and the Brighton Council, in the state’s south, have joined forces to educate struggling families on the nutritional benefits of fresh food as well as help them develop the skills to grow their own produce.

The innovative partnership – which is also supported by a six-month Work for the Dole project – will see community ...

Ken Blackwell celebrates dual milestones

Friends and family helped Rev Ken Blackwell celebrate his 100th birthday in January at a party in Hobart which also recognised 74 years since ordination.

He received a book on his life as well as greetings from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Governor General, the Department of Veteran Affairs, many friends and members of his family.

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With good intentions

JIM WAKELAM

The community of the Uniting Church has been at the forefront of volunteering in Australia and overseas for decades. But it’s probably time to rethink how we respond to this worthy impulse.

When we witness the deprivation and inequality people face in developing countries, many of us are moved to contribute in some way.  Volunteers ...

In the service of others

ROS MARSDEN

When the team at Crosslight read the results of the survey our readers completed at the end of 2015, we were moved by the nature and diversity of volunteering that everyone accomplishes. Not only do people help with church and church-related activities (heaps of them!), they also put their hands up for community volunteering across a range of ...

Remembering the Port Arthur massacre two decades on

NIGEL TAPP

Retired Uniting Church minister Bob Faser remembers attending an ecumenical service in Hobart for the victims of the Dunblane Primary School massacre, in Scotland, in March 1996.

Mr Faser recalls how the general feeling among attendees was one of gratitude that Tasmania was shielded by its isolation from facing such horrors.

Only a month later ...