Fringe festival

Review by David Southwell


John Safran, who is perhaps best known as an idiosyncratic TV prankster and provocateur, is asked what he is doing at an anti-Muslim rally organised by the far-right United Patriots Front.

“I’m in charge of ...

Letters to the editor – August 2017

Continued cruelty

Reading your excellent article (July) by Helen Stagoll telling the plight of asylum seekers at the Maribyrnong Detention Centre prompts me to congratulate Helen and call on our church to continue to speak out against this iniquity by our government in our name.

The Uniting Church and all of us as individuals should be crying ...

Penguin Uniting’s starring role

When the Penguin Uniting Church’s Uniting Friends group decided to weave 10,000 eight-pointed stars for a 2018 Commonwealth Games art project, the small group from Tasmania’s North-West Coast thought reaching the target might be a bit of a challenge.

However, last month it delivered not only its own 13,500 stars but also a further 500 ...

Never giving up on social justice


They may be small in number but the Bendigo Uniting Social Justice Group’s advocacy work certainly packs a punch locally and even further afield.

Group convenor Garth Phillips said six or so members work with the local Uniting Church congregations – particularly St Andrew’s and Forest St – to get their message out.

Recently its ...

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 ...