Spirit of giving


From a mobile ministry in Outback Victoria to a community hub on the Mornington Peninsula, Uniting Church congregations are involved in a variety of projects that live out the Church’s mission.

Many of these projects rely on assistance from the synod’s Mission Support Fund. The fund allocates grants to ‘seed’ a long-term project, such as ministry education, ...

Letters to the editor – February 2017

Core beliefs

The feature article ‘Core Beliefs’ in the December issue of Crosslight makes for disturbing reading.

Is the self-styled ‘Confessing Church’ within our tolerant, inclusive Uniting Church, merely a group of like-minded Christians with leanings toward literal interpretation of scripture, or does this group intend to become a militant (and divisive) faction?

Assembly President Stuart McMillan is right to ...

February Crosslight now available

All of the February stories are available here. Crosslight is also available in digital format.

Frontier Services has been a much loved agency of the Church since Rev John Flynn first proposed the idea of an outback ‘mantle of safety’ in 1912. For more than a century, ‘Patrol padres’ have provided pastoral care ...

Patrol Ministries under presbytery oversight

Responsibility for the operation of two former Frontier Services patrol ministries based in the presbyteries of Gippsland and Tasmania has moved to the presbyteries, with support from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

Rev Denis Cousens will remain as the Glamorgan-Midlands Patrol minister and Rev Rowena Harris will take charge of the High Country Patrol Ministry, having ...

Mission of mateship

By Nigel Tapp

Rev Dennis Cousens sees the role of a patrol minister as that of a mate to those in the community he serves. A willing pair of hands, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on if required.

It is very much about the mantle of safety which Rev John Flynn espoused when he established the ...

Frontier faithful

By Ben Grundy

Rev Rowena Harris has a long history of thriving in ministry roles that are positioned to provide pastoral support for those most in need.

Stints as a chaplain in schools, aged care facilities, hospitals and the prison system have prepared her to adapt to a range of ministry roles. A background in social services has also ...

Uniting Church honours

Wesley College principal Helen Drennen was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list announced on January 26.

Dr Drennen, who has been principal at the 150-year-old Uniting Church School since 2003, was recognised for her service to secondary education through leadership roles, to professional bodies and to the community leadership.

She established ...

President’s Survival Day message

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has called for a national conversation on sovereignty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in his Survival Day message.

Mr McMillan said 26 January is a time for Australians to reflect on the extraordinary courage and contributions of Aboriginal people.

“On this day, I encourage you to celebrate the resilience of our First Peoples, ...

Outback hospitality

Frontier Services Great Outback BBQ fundraisers have become a regular feature in the lives of many Uniting Church members. For country congregations in particular, the barbeques offer a chance to catch up with old friends, enjoy a good meal and support a cause close to their hearts.

On a beautiful spring day in September last year, members of the ...

Grandmothers against detention

By Tim Lam

Australian grandmothers are uniting together with one simple message to the federal government: release all refugee children from detention centres.

Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children (GADRC) is a growing movement of Australian grandmothers protesting against the government’s treatment of asylum seekers.

Dressed in purple outfits, scarves and sashes, the women are a prominent sight ...

Welcome to 2016

By Penny Mulvey

What does 2016 hold for you? Are you looking forward to discovering new authors? Being challenged by new ideas? Perhaps engaging with your local politician around issues of national or local importance? Do you have a trip planned or special anniversary to celebrate?

Perhaps 2016 doesn’t feel like anything much at all. Your life is hard. Health ...

Sleep out for a cause

UnitingCare Harrison is again working in partnership with Knox Council for the second annual BIG Sleepover fundraiser on Saturday 5 March at Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully.

Organisers are inviting families, local businesses, churches, schools and sporting clubs to come together and pitch a tent while raising money to support UnitingCare Harrison.

Sharon Wolstenholme, acting CEO of UnitingCare Harrison, ...