Can’t have a Bob each way

 

REVIEW BY DAVID SOUTHWELL

FILM | HOWARD ON MENZIES: BUILDING MODERN AUSTRALIA | ABC DVD

The so-called History Wars were a feature of John Howard’s prime ministership. This ABC documentary shows political retirement has not dimmed the former prime minister’s appetite for some retrospective rumble.

Howard on Menzies sees Howard defend his role model and hero, Robert Menzies, ...

The energy and joy of Yurora

I’m writing this column the day after Yurora 17 (NCYC). I am tired of body but full of joy as I reflect on this inspiring gathering of a thousand young people from across the Uniting Church.

Yurora 17 was a diverse community made up of young people and adult volunteers all seeking a better understanding of God’s passion for ...

Tales of vision and mission

REV DAVID WITHERS

“This is a time when we believe …  the Spirit is calling us forward to new things and back to the hope in the Gospel of Jesus”

These words from the Major Strategic Review (MSR) Report to Synod 2016 caught my attention. They reflect the Synod’s resolution to journey “with an openness to the renewing work ...

Sixty years of Somers

In late June, Somers Camp will be celebrating 60 years of providing a fun-filled environment for children to explore issues of faith and for young people to develop leadership abilities.

Each year during the winter school break, approximately 120 campers from Grade Three to Year Nine gather on the Mornington Peninsula for worship, games, Bible study, singing, food, craft, ...

Poh lends a hand once more

Poh Ling Yeow might be known for her quirkily inventive cross-cultural style in the kitchen but at this time of year there’s one staple she’s happy to see served up hundreds of times – the simple pancake.

The celebrity cook is ambassador for UnitingCare’s Pancake Day, with the fundraiser being held around Australia on 28 February.

This year all ...

Leading questions

PENNY MULVEY

What role does ethics play in leadership? In many ways this has been an underlying theme throughout January with media reports on political entitlement in regards to travel allowances and the changing of the guard in the White House.

The refrain of the former federal health minister Sussan Ley was that she was only claiming what she ...

Down-to-earth advice

REVIEW BY CATH JAMES

BOOK | COMING BACK TO EARTH | JONATHAN CORNFORD

It is rare to find a book that challenges the reader to confront ethical decisions about how to live and engage in social change while recognising there is no ‘right’ or ‘pure’ way to do this.

In this collection of essays on the church, climate change, ...

Creation stories

REVIEW BY GARTH JONES

MUSEUM | ON THE ORIGIN OF ART, MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART, HOBART TASMANIA

To paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian, MONA Museum figurehead David Walsh is not the art world’s Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy.
The quirky Tasmanian gambler, art collector and businessman – obsessed with sex, death and viscera – ...

February 2017 Synod Snaps

Wesley Church Melbourne presented its minister Rev Alistair Macrae a new purple stole featuring traditional Easter and Christmas symbols. It was designed by congregation member Jan Harris (right) and embroidered by Margaret Grinton (left) from Burwood Heights UC. (Photo by Geoffrey Grinton)

Richmond Uniting Church invited visitors and church members to write and draw their Christmas prayers in ...

Caféchurch service with something extra

Last year, Cafechurch was welcomed as one of the Uniting Church’s newest faith communities. Alister Pate, Caféchurch’s leader, is a second year candidate for Ministry of the Word and Sacrament at Pilgrim Theology College. He explained to Crosslight how the spirit of friendship helps foster faith.

People no longer go to church as they once did. Call it post-modernity, ...

Political populism and a theological response

2016 was quite a year. Its enduring images include the mass sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen with the horrific images coming out of Aleppo, the ongoing refugee crisis, ISIS and the terror attacks happening throughout the Middle-East, Europe, and America. Combined with ongoing consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, ...

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