Six decades of church and community music honoured

Graham Wesley Stocks OAM
6/5/1928 –17/9/ 2015

Graham Wesley Stocks was born to Rev Wesley and Ruby Stocks in Sydney, the youngest brother of five children, Ken, Gwen, Marcia and Ralph. His great grandfather was Edward King, a Methodist pioneer preacher and circuit steward of Morpeth Circuit of the Maitland District.

As Graham’s father was a Methodist minister ...

Giving older people a voice

By Rebecca Ryan

Uniting AgeWell is calling for community members in Victoria and Tasmania to get involved in senior service planning to help improve the quality of care and effectiveness of its own services and the aged care system as a whole.

Unlike public health services – which are obligated to have a formal, consumer advisory committee to provide ...

Ladies in Black

Play | Ladies in Black | Melbourne Theatre Company

Review by Penny Mulvey

Cast your mind back to the days when going shopping in town meant dressing up – gloves, hat, best suit or dress – and a visit to David Jones, if only to look at the windows.

Ladies in Black, the opening production for the ...

Wrestling with the future

By Dan Wootton

I’ve just had the longest break I’ve had since becoming moderator. We didn’t go anywhere, just stayed at home during the bushfire season over Christmas/New Year. It’s dreadfully dry out where we live. I feel sure that stress levels for many farmers must be exceedingly high.

Christmas was celebrated at my mum and dad’s place. My ...

Inspiring faith

Book | Heroes of the faith | Roland Ashby

Review by Nigel Tapp

Many Christians can readily point to people whose lives have inspired their own faith journey.

And Melbourne author Roland Ashby has gathered the stories of 55 men and women who have inspired the faith of others in his latest book.

Those profiled range from the familiar – ...

South Geelong scholarships

In the aftermath of South Geelong Uniting Church closing in 2014, congregation members sought to create an ongoing legacy for the church community.

A South Geelong memorial scholarship was soon identified as an apt gesture from the church community in the local area.

Being sold under the Uniting our future program, South Geelong was allocated income replacement funds, some of ...

TICTACs in Bendigo  

The words ‘Tic Tac’ are usually associated with pocket-sized boxes of flavoured mints. But for the children at Weerona Uniting Church in Bendigo, it is a name that reflects their identity and values.

In late 2015, the Weerona Uniting Church kids’ club decided to name themselves ‘TICTAC’. It stands for ‘Totally Inclusive Children Talking About Church’.

Rev Susan Malthouse-Law ...

A Multi-Faith Paradise: The Need for Reconciliation in Sri Lanka and Melbourne

By Larry Marshall

Sri Lanka is an enigma. It offers us a wonderful success story of multi-faith harmony at work – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians – a deeply spiritual people living together, praying together and even sharing sacred spaces and pilgrimage rituals. Temples, mosques and churches can often be seen side-by-side in Colombo.

And yet, the other story ...

Letters to the editor – January

The politics of religion

Social commentators repeatedly state that politics and religion should not mix.

I strongly disagree, as both are about life.

The Uniting Church respects, accepts and supports all religious beliefs, Indigenous peoples, asylum seekers and people of all sexual persuasions.

Most of these groups have little voice in the corridors of power. That the Uniting Church stands ...

Not so super

More than 1000 retired Uniting Church ministers have had their retirement incomes slashed by federal government superannuation changes that came into force on 1 January.

Changes to the tax treatment of defined benefit super schemes mean more than 80 per cent of retired members in the UCA Beneficiary Fund are losing thousands of dollars a year, principally because it will ...

Another milestone for Arthur

In 1926, the population of Australia was just over six million people, King George V (the current Queen’s grandfather) was the head of state and Melbourne would go on to defeat Collingwood in the VFL Grand Final. At the beginning of that year, on Sunday 17 January, Arthur Tonkin celebrated his fifth birthday and attended his first church service ...

A Quiet Revolution in Women’s and Girl’s Health

The denial of education is a well-documented issue, particularly for women in developing countries. But sometimes a practical solution that many of us take for granted can be the difference between attending and missing school.

Sisters Wendy Flahive and Gill Trudinger learnt about a program they believed they could support.

A world-wide grassroots organisation, Days for Girls ...