Synod Snaps – August 2016

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

Ballarat Central Uniting Church hosted a social justice-themed candidate’s forum in the lead-up to the federal election. More than 100 people attended, including representatives from Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children Ballarat, CFA members and people from the congregation and wider community.

Lyn Mulligan (left) from Ocean ...

Hope in the Philippines

At the request of our partner church – the United Church of Christ in the Philippines – and in partnership with the Synod of South Australia, JILL RUZBACKY from the Justice and International Mission unit travelled to the Philippines in April to participate as an International Election Observer for the 2016 Philippine National Elections.

The lead-up to the Philippines ...

FUNdraising for the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre

Two Uniting Church congregations, Brunswick and Sophia Springs, joined forces on the 18 June (the eve of Refugee Week) to raise funds for the Lentara Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre (ASWC). More than 80 people enjoyed a home-style, three-course dinner while raising more than $10,000.

The ASWC offers a safe and welcoming space for people seeking asylum in Melbourne providing ...

Bendigo hosts Global Chaplaincy Conference

More than 115 higher education chaplains met in Bendigo for the Global Chaplaincy Conference in July.

The week-long conference is hosted every four years in different locations throughout the world. The chaplains at the 2016 conference came from all corners of the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Africa, Europe and Hong Kong.  They gathered to share ...

Power of good

Since its inception in 1977, the Uniting Church has been working towards a safe climate by encouraging congregations and agencies to reduce energy use and consider alternative forms of power. Throughout that time the Church has also called on governments to put in place policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Burning coal for electricity is the single largest source of ...

Digging for the truth

Movie | Goldstone | M


There is something remarkably familiar about Ivan Sen’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Goldstone, and yet disturbingly strange.

Australian outback movies have been entertaining and horrifying audiences for many decades, but Sen brings a fresh perspective which presents the alien inhabitants, not the land itself, as the malevolent threat.

Like Sen’s predecessor movie Mystery ...

How to be

Book | Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer | Dr Rowan Williams


Rowan Williams’ Being Christian is a great introduction to the basics, and the not-so-basics, of Christian faith.

Fundamental to Williams’ account of the Christian life is our being given a new human identity in the humanity of Jesus. Christian discipleship is a growing into Jesus’ own experience of ...

“Now people are awake, we want to see action.” – Rev Djawanydjawany Gondarra

The ABC’s Four Corners program ‘Australia’s Shame’, broadcast on 25 July, shone a spotlight on the appalling treatment of Indigenous youth held in detention at the infamous Don Dale correction facility in the Northern Territory. Images of boys being stripped, beaten, gassed, shackled, hooded and strapped to a chair shocked the nation. Reaction was swift, the next morning the ...

Lenten Offering grant applications open

Applications for the 2017 Lenten Offering grants are now open, with submissions due before the end of this month.

Lenten Offering grants are offered to all Victorian and Tasmanian Uniting Church congregations, UnitingCare agencies and other groups which are formally connected to the Church.

They provide funds for special mission projects and allow congregations and groups to experiment with ...

Mission as world Christianity and intercultural theology

‘Mission’. The term excites a range of passions.

More often than not, the popular conception of the term is linked to colonisation. Mission is something negative. Something which, in worst case scenarios, accompanies invasion, manipulating those in the most vulnerable circumstances to become enculturated into an identity not their own. This change in religious belonging, it is further argued, makes ...

Letters to the editor -August 2016

Listening to our youth

Thank you, Crosslight, for the excellent Synod 2016 supplement, capturing many moments and opinions. I haven’t attended Synod for several years and this kind of summary is most welcome.

I was interested, but also saddened, by the comments of the four younger attendees on page 14. How many years still have to pass by before we ...

Indonesian congregation finds a new home

After many years of searching and waiting, the Indonesian congregation at Mulgrave Uniting Church has finally found a new spiritual home.

On 15 May, the congregation celebrated its first service at St Andrew’s Uniting Church Gardiner in Glen Iris.

The Indonesian congregation originally started with a small group of six families led by Rev Barnabas Ong. It was intended ...