Bad web design and the hope of God


Humans are creatures of habit. We often go about our daily activities as if on a conveyor line. But sometimes a person, an event, some words on a page, will break through and stay with you. I like to think of it as a gift from God.

Reading The Age online early last month ...

Shining a light on four years of offshore cruelty

Thousands braved the chilly Melbourne weather on Wednesday evening to join in a candlelight vigil marking four years of illegal offshore detention.

It was one of 57 rallies held nationwide, with similar events taking place in major cities and regional centres throughout Australia.

On 19 July 2012, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd introduced mandatory offshore detention for all people who ...

Sound investment in the love of music

A group of young people’s dedication to making music has certainly hit the right note with Sammy Stamp, who gave them $2000 to buy some much-needed equipment and record their performances.

Young people with disabilities have been taking part in the U Music Group, run by local musician Dennis Kadmon and his partner Anne-Marie Becu, at the Leongatha Uniting ...

“Someone standing beside me” – the role of prison chaplaincy

As the number of incarcerated people in Victoria reaches a historic high, a former prisoner has called for greater chaplaincy support in the state’s correctional facilities.

Allison served six months in jail for employment theft. The mother-of-two recounted her story at the 2017 Victorian Prison Chaplaincy Conference, held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre last week.

Approximately 75 ...

Ignored anniversary a chance to recognise new path

Friday Forum

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders have continued to speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention, which passed its 10th anniversary this month with little attention from political leaders and the mainstream media.

In a pre-recorded video message to a forum on the Intervention anniversary held on Melbourne’s RMIT campus on Thursday Congress and Yolgnu ...

Students are MAD keen and green

More than 600 students from prep to year 12 have rolled up their sleeves this week and gotten MAD as part of Cornish College’s Make A Difference Week activities.

Students planted 300 heathland plants on the Uniting Church school’s grounds in Melbourne’s south and participated in a number of other activities to enhance the school and serve the ...

John Safran says we still need to talk about religion


The recent national Census may have recorded a decline in religious affiliation but John Safran says faith and belief still can’t be conveniently relabelled as something else in contemporary Australia.

Religion has long been a preoccupation for Safran in his eclectic and sometimes provocative backlog of TV and radio work plus print and online journalism.

In his ...

John Cleary laments the ABC’s loss of belief

John Cleary says he looks back on his career as a religious broadcaster with a personal sense of fulfilment but fears his old employer has lost its sense of purpose.

Cleary wrapped up a 30-year career producing and presenting religious programs for ABC radio and television last December with the axing of Sunday Nights, the four-hour nationally ...