Putting children first


Children have been pushed to the margins of the church for too long, according to an expert on children’s spirituality.   

Dr Vivienne Mountain is a member of St Leonard’s Uniting Church Brighton and lectures at the University of Divinity on the nurture and spiritual guidance of children. 

“A lot of churches want the kids ...

Vietnam veteran to proudly lead his first march

At just 22, Able Seaman Robert Filmer spent his time diving into murky waters in search of bombs placed under ships by enemy forces. Robert had the immense responsibility of dismantling those bombs between 1965 and 1966 during the Vietnam War.

Originally a butcher from Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Robert followed his cousin’s footsteps and joined the ...

Church looks to future with new committees

Synod’s new governance committees have set themselves a mission to provide the support and advice that will allow the church to take a positive approach and “journey into new frontiers”.

The newly formed Mission and Ministry Committee and the Property and Operations Committee have already met twice this year, plus there has been an orientation session ...

Manningham Uniting ready for next chapter


As Manningham Uniting Church marked the closure of one of its church sites, the congregation is already planning ahead for the next part of their ‘grand adventure’.

In mid-March, congregation members from all four Manningham UC sites gathered together for the final service at the Anderson Creek Road church in Doncaster East. 

More than ...

Sumaya Harare and loving who you are


Next month Sumaya Harare makes her first appearance as a guest speaker at Sacred Edge, a festival of arts, music, justice and spirituality hosted by the Queenscliff Uniting Church.

From an early age Sumaya Harare was acutely aware of being different.

“At the age of seven, I arrived in Melbourne with my three ...

‘Twas Mulga Geoff from ‘Gambie Lake…

One of the treasured things in our family home at Sandringham 70 years ago was a small piece of mulga wood on the mantelpiece with an inscription stating “Life is but a day at longest, but it is a grand opportunity”

Our family has tried to live up to that in that we generally let nothing ...

Synod Snaps – April 2018

Horsham Uniting Church’s mission group hosted a Tropical Breakfast to raise funds to support women in the South Pacific who are training through theological colleges.

Jenny Payne, Ginny Clark, Christine Eldridge, Dianne Walter, Kim Fulcher, Jenny Tippet, Tupe Ioelu, June Revere, Ala Ioelu and Catherine Ioelu at the tropical breakfast.

Volunteers Korrie Termorshuizen and Marlene Muirhead ...

Play and pray with Toddler Church


Toddler Church arose as we at Hobart’s Clarence Uniting Church attempted to find ways of including the under fours who are at worship on any given Sunday. We can have up to eight in that age group attending.

We made a commitment to keep them involved because one of our new guiding values is ...

God’s grace in all contexts

This month Crosslight welcomes Matt Julius, a student at Pilgrim Theological College, a barista at a Uniting Church-run café, and a novice preacher.

Occasionally I sit back and reflect on just how patently ridiculous Easter is. The Christian claim is that a first century Jew wandered around preaching salvation, and enacted God’s love in bloody execution.

Perhaps ...

Burrowed time



Undoubtedly for many parents and grandparents considering holiday movie entertainment/time-out the most important metric is how long a film will keep the kids quiet and in their seats.

Peter Rabbit kept my three-year-old and four-year-old hushed for the first half hour and mostly ...

Camp comes up trumps again

The Labour Day long weekend is traditionally a time for Uniting Church families to come together for the social justice family camp.

More than 80 participants gathered at Pallotti College country retreat last month as young people aged from four to 21 enjoyed a weekend of worship, interactive games and marshmallows with their families.

Airport West off to flying start


For moderator Sharon Hollis the dedication of the Airport West Uniting Church was something of a homecoming.

Ms Hollis grew up attending the church that was previously on the site but it’s unlikely she ever entered that building in such an emphatic fashion as she did the new one.

Following an introductory prayer and ...