August Crosslight now available

More than 300 members of the Uniting Church in Australia met last month at the 14th triennial Assembly, held in Perth. Church gatherings such as this represent a microcosm of issues facing society. Our relationship with Australia’s First peoples, multiculturalism, same-gender marriage, asylum seeker policies and foreign aid were just some of the subjects discussed throughout the ...

Assembly overview


Some within the Uniting Church would deride the triennial Assembly gathering as a bit of talkfest.

Yes, there is a lot of talking throughout the six days as the members deal with a range of issues. Topics discussed include issues confronting contemporary society as well as questions about how the church ...

King’s man

It is not every day you receive an invitation to crown the ruling monarch of another nation. But that was the honour recently bestowed upon former Uniting Church president Rev Dr D’Arcy Wood.

Dr Wood, who lives in Gisborne, was invited to crown the Tongan King Tupou VI at a ceremony in the national capital of Nuku’alofa, on ...

Taking church justice to parliament house

Victoria’s recently appointed gender and sexuality commissioner, Rowena Allen, knows a thing or two about social justice.

In fact, she feels her passion for speaking up for the vulnerable is inevitable, given her background in the Uniting Church.

The establishment of a gender and sexuality commissioner was a commitment of the Labor party prior to the state election. The role ...

Consulting, reviewing, reporting – the MSR journey

last spoke with the Major Strategic Review (MSR) team in August last year. Since then we have reported on workshops, surveys and other engagements. People have also written letters to Crosslight commenting on the MSR. Crosslight sat down with the MSR team to discuss what is happening and what has been achieved so far?

At what stage ...

Community connections in Warrnambool


Warrnambool is a regional centre with historic ties stretching back to the 1840s. Like many rural communities in Australia, early settlement was characterized by harsh conditions that highlighted the need for regional communities to be well connected.

The coastal city has been fortunate to have successive generations of leadership with strong ties to local churches ...

Something rotten in our supermarkets


Book | Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles and Woolworths’ Dominance | Malcolm Knox

Review by Garth Jones

“We are an oligopoly community. We shouldn’t fight it.” Andrew Robb, Federal Minister for Trade, August 2013

The ethics and morality of food production, distribution and consumption are prominent topics in the news of late.

From the ACCC’s ‘unconscionable conduct’ ...

Constant change

By Penny Mulvey

The newspapers described the cold snap that descended on the east coast of Australia last month as an ‘Antarctic vortex’. Snow in Orange and southern Queensland, overnight lows of minus two degrees in country Victoria and minus three in Launceston, central heating turned up and beanies and wraps were all testament to a chilly ...

My first Assembly

Having worked at the synod for only a few months, I was not quite sure what to expect when I attended Assembly for the first time in Perth. Meetings are normally long and dull affairs, but I was surprised by the eclectic mix of worship, music and inspiration that took place during the six days.

The first ...

Meet the President



Six weeks after being interviewed in Sydney for an accountant position at the UCA’s Northern Synod, Stuart McMillan found himself standing alone with his swag on the edge of a dirt airstrip at Ramingining, 560 km east of Darwin.

No one got the message that he was coming. No one knew who he ...

Golden brush relay

Primary school students will once again take part in the ‘Golden Brush’ painting relay held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Stratford.

Teams of four to six children are each given a topic to paint. Every child is given one colour and one brush and take turns painting for two minutes. This creates a fast-paced environment and encourages ...

The cost of family violence


Family violence is no longer an issue to be kept ‘behind closed doors’. High profile cases, such as the tragic murder of Luke Batty at the hands of his estranged father, have brought the reality faced by many families into sharp public focus.

Prior to the last Victorian state election, the ALP promised to establish a ...