Heath continues a family tradition

With four consecutive generations of his family having preached in Methodist or Uniting Churches, it was probably no surprise that West Moonah man Heath Cowled would be installed as a lay preacher in Tasmania.

Both Heath’s parents, Lance and Heather, are lay preachers and he follows a further three generations on his mother’s side, with only one family member being ...

Battle with blasphemy

REVIEW BY TIM LAM

BOOK | BLASPHEMY: THE TRUE HEART-BREAKING STORY OF THE WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER A CUP OF WATER | ASIA BIBI

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has been languishing on death row for the past seven years. A mother of five from an impoverished rural village, she has become an international symbol of Pakistan’s cruel ...

Standing strong

Review by PENNY MULVEY

BOOK | CHILD, ARISE! THE COURAGE TO STAND. A SPIRITUAL HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE | JANE N. DOWLING

Jane Dowling is a member of an international Catholic missionary community, serving within the community in prayer and Ministry of the Word. A consecrated member of this community for 23 years, Jane leads spiritual retreats, ...

Donkey tales

TIM LAM

The humble donkey is an iconic animal in many religious traditions. Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, a symbol of peace. In Muslim tradition, donkeys were among the preferred mounts for people of significance, with the prophet Muhammad often riding his trusty steed Ya’fūr.

During October, Uniting Journeys led a tour to Mannar ...

Letters to the editor – December 2016

Savage cuts to aged pensions

In June 2015 Scott Morrison, the then minister for social services, stated: “The current generation of aged pensioners had a deal with the government over their lifetime that if they worked hard there would be an aged pension at the other end.”

Scott Morrison has either deliberately or mistakenly decided that only single pensioners with ...

All together for a good Claus – mayor supports Christmas appeal

The UnitingCare Target Christmas Appeal got some backing from Town Hall when Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle turned out to help Santa spread hope and cheer to those who otherwise might have little reason to celebrate.

“It’s inspiring to see the incredible work that UnitingCare do to support communities across Australia,” Mr Doyle said.

“I encourage those visiting their ...

Does power trump real Christianity?

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DEB BENNETT

“Trump preached xenophobia, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and more, and the white evangelical base said ‘Amen.’.” – Deborah Jian Lee, author of Rescuing Jesus.

The decline of Christianity has been the topic of much conversation and concern for mainstream churches throughout the Western world.

Nearly 20 years ago, Cardinal ...