UCA President’s 2018 Christmas message

Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer says the Christmas story speaks to our deepest human longings. Watch the video of her Christmas message below and read the transcript.



President Dr Deidre Palmer: Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. I’m Deidre Palmer, President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Christmas story speaks to our deep ...

Moderator’s 2018 Christmas message

Vic/Tas Moderator Sharon Hollis has released a video message for Christmas. You can watch the message below and read the full transcript.



When we think of Christmas Nativity plays what often first comes to mind is a group of adorable children acting out the Christmas story.

So why am I here at Uniting AgeWell Kingsville Community ...

Nick’s picks of the year’s books

Regular Crosslight reviewer Nick Mattiske chooses five of his best reads of 2018.

In Paul: A Biography (SPCK) Tom Wright shows how Paul’s letters were not just abstract theology, but were part of how Paul individually, and the newly sprouting church collectively, worked out the implications of preaching that an executed, vagabond teacher and healer is the Messiah who ...

Robyn writing Bible studies for Lambeth Conference

Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker is the first Uniting Church minister to be appointed as a Bible study convenor for the peak international conference of Anglicans.

The Lambeth Conference, a once in a decade event, brings together all Anglican bishops and their spouses from over 165 countries to plan the direction of the Anglican Church.

Robyn who is coordinator of ...

Looking to Jesus with a sense of Advent-ure


I’m writing this column just a few days after one man’s actions in central Melbourne’s Bourke St brought death, fear and anxiety to so many people. Also on my mind is a personal anniversary that causes me sadness and an awareness that many people are carrying sadness, anger and despair.

And while all this ...

RYDA outta the oven

A PICTURE, the old adage goes, tells a thousand words and Doug Williams says that is certainly the case with the above image of goodies being baked.

The cooks are orphaned and vulnerable children completing a non-formal exam in the Catering and Hospitality classroom of the Rubaga Youth Development Association in Buloba, Uganda.

“They have come to RYDA with no more than ...

Di dalam palungan (Away in a manger)

The Nativity story was given a uniquely Indonesian makeover at Glen Waverley Uniting Church on the first Sunday of Advent.

During the special Indonesian Christmas Celebration Jesus’s birth was portrayed in a traditional Indonesian tableau by 40 professional dancers from the Ganda Marpaung Group.

The performers, who were a mix of Christians and Muslims, showcased costumes and choreography from different ...

UCA to observe Day of Mourning

THIS January, Uniting Church congregations across the country are being asked to hold worship services that reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples.

The observance of a “Day of Mourning” was endorsed by the 15th Assembly at the request of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Assembly covenanting consultant and former UCA ...

Behind the lectern


If you go to church on a Sunday it’s likely you’ll sit and hear a sermon.

Traditionally one person will stand up behind the pulpit or lectern and preach for varying lengths of time and, possibly, various levels of relevance to the individual listeners.

The word “sermon” derives from the Latin “sermō”, for “talk or harangue” and unfortunately ...

Serving up a brighter Christmas

CHRISTMAS is often referred to as the “festive season”, but a growing number of hard-pressed grandparents are finding it difficult to celebrate.

Sandra has become what some label a “granny nanny”, where she has assumed full-time care of her grandchildren.

It’s a role the 65-year-old cherishes, but relying on her Newstart Allowance makes it difficult to put food on the ...

In tents focus on doing mission

THIS year Uniting Church camps hosted hundreds of people from schools, sporting clubs, craft groups, large family gatherings and other faith communities but they are always on the lookout for more visitors and will even help pay for them.

UC Camping (UCC) director Daniel Murray said the organisation offered financial assistance and tailored programs to appropriate groups but this was ...

Drawing from Scripture


LIFE’S pivotal moments don’t always come by choice, as Andrew McDonough discovered while a Bible College Student.

Andrew was helping out in ministry at a South Australian church almost 30 years ago when he got tapped on the shoulder.

“Because I was the youngest one on the team I had to do the children’s talk,” Andrew said.


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