Core beliefs

NIGEL TAPP 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

The future of faith

DEB BENNETT, NIGEL TAPP AND DAVID SOUTHWELL Sandy and Robyn are two women who grew up in the Uniting Church. Both agree their church backgrounds and the friends they made are still very important to them.

Unexpected rainbow in outback Australia

Crosslight Designer Garth Jones recently returned to his home town of Broken Hill for the Broken Heel Festival, now in its second year of celebrating Australian cult film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Opportunity knocks

DEB BENNETT Seconds out – How an op shop rivalry turned into a Synod duel The Box Hill Town Hall in June was the scene of a showdown between two Uniting Church ministers, one that had been building for months.

Ministry of War

On the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam, we look back on the war that divided a nation and – some would say – divided a church.

Rules of engagement

PENNY MULVEY The tranquil view from the windows of neat as a pin Cape-Cod houses across to the waters of Aquidneck Island belied the topic of conversation – how Christians, and the church in particular, hold a commitment

In conversation with Assembly leaders

Assembly President, Stuart McMillan and General Secretary Rev Colleen Geyer, were two of nearly 300 people in attendance at Synod 2016 at the Box Hill Town Hall last month.

Synod 2016 – busy from dawn to tusk

DAVID SOUTHWELL There were a lot of elephants at Synod 2016 but thankfully the stately main meeting room at Box Hill Town Hall was large enough to accommodate them, as well as the 300 people attending in some style and c

Homecoming

DAVID SOUTHWELL It has taken years for the Southern Mornington Peninsula Uniting Church to secure funding for its ambitious plan to build supported social housing for people with a disability who are in the care of agein