December 2017 Crosslight out now

Our cover image this month is Our Lady of the New Advent an icon of Mary written/painted by Fr William McNichols, SJ and presented to Pope John Paul II on World Youth Day in 1993. Based on the Mirozh icon and the hymn O Virgo Splendens, as Moderator Sharon Hollis discusses in her column this month, ...

Talkin’ ’bout the Reformation


Martin Luther has been feted, condemned, discussed and studied more than usual this year as 31 October marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.

Like any part of history, there are both myths and facts which capture the impact of this great Christian reformer.

Many historians now say Luther’s ...

Slave and Liberator Reunited

Moe Turaga came back to the Uniting Church in Mildura on Sunday 29 October.

The disability services worker from Bundaberg in Queensland was returning to the Sunraysia region for the first time in 30 years – a region that holds some painful memories for him.

For three years from the late 1980s, Moe was a horticultural worker at a ...

Good bye and God bless


One aspect of my role as director of Communications and Media Services (CoMS) for the Vic/Tas Synod is executive editor of Crosslight. The managing editor, Deb Bennett, has had to train me up and it has been a very satisfying partnership over the last seven-and-a-half years. We have had robust conversations over a range of topics ...

Gospel and Grace start a new life in Tasmania


When Gospel Ralte and his wife Grace decided to escape from Myanmar three years ago they told nobody, not even their two teenage children.

Gospel explained that it would have been far too risky to share their plans given the tight controls placed on Christians by the military rulers in the country.

“We ...

A fresh approach to theatre


For the past 15 years, a theatre company in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has helped young people navigate the challenges of adolescence.

Fresh Theatre for Social Change is the brainchild of Sharyn Mullens Taylor, whose husband Rev Lucas Taylor is the minister at Manningham Uniting Church.

She started the program in 2002 ...

Advent reminders

It is the time of the advent! I asked what I should remind myself of this advent? 

Over the course of the season many of us will revisit the birth narratives. It is my hope that, despite the familiarity of these stories, we will all, in various ways, be enchanted by them and discover afresh ...

Queen Street memorial service at St Michael’s

A memorial service will be held at St Michael’s Uniting Church – on the corner of Russell and Collins Street in Melbourne – on 8 December to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a mass shooting which rocked the city.

On 8 December 1987, a man armed with a sawn-off shotgun entered the Australia Post headquarters in Queen St ...

Synod Snaps – December 2017

Young people at Coburg Uniting Church prepared and conducted a traditional Samoan ‘White Sunday’ service in October.

Annual nativity dress-ups at the Hub, Glen Waverley. Here is Shaun the Sheep.

Charlotte and Oliver

Congregation members at Torquay Uniting Church enjoy a cuppa after their Sunday morning service.

Well versed in interfaith fellowship

Uniting Church members in Melbourne’s east have been meeting with young Muslims to share a mutual love of poetry.

At the monthly Poetry and Faith evenings, people from St Kilda parish share a meal with Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) members at the St Kilda church.

Someone then presents a specially chosen poem and offers an ...

Uluru statement

The Uniting Church has urged the Australian government to listen to the voice of First Peoples and support the Uluru Statement.

In May this year, Indigenous leaders met for three days at Uluru to discuss their approach to Constitutional Recognition.

The meeting developed the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which called for the establishment ...

Summer days

As summer approaches, many of us begin to think about the holidays ahead. Once the flurry of the festive season subsides, it is time to unwind and perhaps catch up on all those books, movies and TV series you missed throughout the year. Crosslight staff share some of their recommendations for your reading or viewing pleasure over the summer break.