Flipping for a good cause

UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania is calling on locals to support the annual Pancake Day event on Tuesday, 9 February.

Pancake lovers will heat up their frypans to make a difference to people’s lives, with every dollar raised going towards UnitingCare programs to support people living in crisis.

Since 2002, kind-hearted pancake lovers have raised $1.3 million for vital UnitingCare services ...

Partners in Theological Education

Long-standing links between the Uniting Church in Australia and its partner church, the United Church of Papua New Guinea (UCPNG), will soon be renewed.

UnitingWorld volunteer Rev Dr Paul Tonson will return to Papua New Guinea in March to teach for six months at Rarongo Theological College’s School of Theology and Mission (STM).

It is almost 25 years since ...

The grace of God

The piles of new books on my desk and coffee table could be viewed as minor health and safety risk. If they all toppled onto your foot, they could certainly do some damage. The first few weeks of the year are a good time to make a dent in them. One of the great joys of my role at ...

UCA responds to social housing need

By Ben Grundy

The Uniting Church’s social housing ministry is set to be supported with greater resourcing and expertise in an ambitious plan to strategically coordinate social housing projects from throughout the synod.

In partnership with a specialist advisory team, the Church will work towards a considered long-term approach for supporting communities most in need of social housing.

The Standing ...

UnitingCare network update

By Nigel Tapp

The UnitingCare Network Project’s Project Control Group (PCG) expects to make some significant announcements relating to a new network structure before the end of this month.

In June last year the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) established the PCG as part of a new strategic direction for the 25 UnitingCare agencies within the network.

The agencies currently operate ...

A living symbol

Former World War II pilot George Flack denies that he is a hero – but the people of France disagree.

In December last year the 93-year-old was presented with the Legion of Honour, France’s highest military award, for his participation in liberating France from the Germans.

Mr Flack flew more than 40 flights over France, sometimes in horrendous conditions, ...

Ethical travels in Cambodia

Many Australians love to travel. But how we travel can have an impact on local communities – often in unexpected ways.

The Commission for Mission’s Uniting Journeys program introduces tourists to the joys and challenges of responsible travel. Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) Network editor Helen Beeby (pictured) explored the rich and complex history of Cambodia during one of ...

SSC supports new legal structure

By Penny Mulvey

The Synod Standing Committee (SSC) has decided to change the legislative structure of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

In a letter to all congregation councils, presbyteries, the Assembly, other synods and reporting bodies and institutions, general secretary Rev Dr Mark Lawrence outlined the ‘significant decision’ taken by the SSC.

Dr Lawrence explained that under the legislative ...

Synod Snaps – February

  • Hamilton Uniting Church’s bi-monthly fun & games night for people living with a disability. Rev Peter Cook is on guitar.

  • The 12 churches from the Macedon Ranges Uniting Church partnership joined together for acombined service at Mount Macedon’s Stanley Park.
  • Surrey Hills Uniting Church congregation members reflected on how the mission of the church is defined and ...
  • Family tradition

    In December last year, in a moving service at Brunswick Uniting Church, 27-year-old Beth Donnelly was ordained as a minister. Beth’s father, Andrew, passed away seven weeks before his daughter’s ordination, and was ordained 21 years ago on the same weekend.

    Beth studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and sociology before becoming a youth and children’s worker ...

    On the breath of God

    In January, after a night camped at Mallacoota Foreshore Reserve, we carried our breakfast to a grassy spot overlooking the inlet. Behind us, a young woman sat at a wooden table, reading. When we walked past her on our way back to our tent, we noticed that she was reading a bible, and Catherine stopped to talk.

    The early ...

    What you think

    Thank you to our readers who took the time over the Christmas/New Year break to fill in our reader survey – both the hardcopy and online versions.

    Results from the survey reinforced the balancing act Crosslight must achieve to appeal to such a broad readership. As we attract more online readers, we hope we continue to represent the views ...