Core beliefs


The strength of opposition to any recognition of same sex marriage was conveyed to senior leadership of the Uniting Church of Australia at the annual conference of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC) in Tasmania last month.

Around 80 ACC members gathered in the village of Poatina, which is about 60km south-west of Launceston, for the three-day ...

Young Indigenous artist puts her mark on Leprena

Teenage Tasmanian Indigenous artist Grace Williams has been the driving force behind two distinctive pieces of artwork which have pride of place at Leprena, the southern Tasmanian home of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Working collaboratively with other young Indigenous people, 18-year-old Grace designed a mural for the back fence of the property. The mural portrays the young ...

Man with a vision


The Victorian and Tasmanian Synod has called Rev David Withers as strategic framework minister to join the team implementing the Church’s renewed vision of spiritual and strategic discernment.

Mr Withers started in the role last month and is looking forward to the diverse nature of his work as he helps the Church live out the Vision and ...

The frequent House guest

Betty Burgess is getting used to turning up to Government House to be recognised.

The 91-year-old from Pascoe Vale received her Order of Australia Medal from the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, in October. Only 12 months previously, Mrs Burgess was at Government House receiving a senior achiever award from COTA, the peak national organisation representing the rights, needs ...

God’s sense of Christmas time

Christmas is fast approaching.

Every Christmas-countdown calendar, every new Christmas product on the shelf, every Christmas catalogue mocks my lack of preparation and fills me with an ever-growing sense dread about what I still need to do before Christmas.

In the popular imagination and the life of the church, Christmas is the pinnacle as the year comes to an ...

Counting blessings



The title of this delightful set of three booklets by Julie Perrin is both tantalising and telling.

Tantalising because we might wonder, why spinifex? An Australian plant so common we often fail to see it. Yet once our eyes are opened to it, it is beautiful in ...

Oddly Familiar



It must be equal parts delight and terror as an actor to step into a role so familiar to the audience. Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade have done just that for the Melbourne Theatre Company’s latest production, The Odd Couple.

Micallef plays the uptight neat ...

Giving thanks


Stanley and his goat present a captivating front page. His infectious happiness somehow invites us to share his pleasure. The snowy-white bundle he clutches to his chest was purchased by his mother Jesina, a conservation farmer assisted by Act for Peace partner Christian Care.

Before joining the program, Stanley’s family did not have enough to eat and ...

UnitingAgeWell’s new CEO looks for the silver linings


The aged care sector is facing testing times as providers seek to retain the quality of their service while faced with significant reduction of government funds.

However, this is a challenge that Andrew Kinnersly (pictured) is prepared to meet as he takes up the role of Uniting AgeWell (UA) Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Kinnersly joined Uniting AgeWell ...

The greatest story you’ve never heard


The halving of extreme poverty over the last two decades is one of the biggest success stories in recent human history. But chances are you haven’t heard about it.

A recent global study ‘Glocalities’, carried out by Dutch agency Motivaction, found that worldwide, only one-in-a-hundred people correctly identified that global poverty has actually halved. In Australia 90 per ...

Safety first


Evidence presented over the last three years to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demonstrated that many institutions have failed the people they are supposed to serve.

Witnesses before the commission have told harrowing stories of betrayal, a lifetime of suffering, addictions and brokenness caused by the sexual, physical and psychological abuse ...