February 2018 Crosslight out now

Brian and his beloved cat visit an animal welfare clinic run at Wesley Uniting Church in Melbourne. Once a month, volunteer vets and vet nurses from Pets in the Park use the church to provide free veterinary services for animal companions of Melbourne’s homeless population. Click here for the full story.

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Centre of pride and passion


Behind the quiet façade of a brick building in Hobart is a place buzzing with activity, and a group dedicated to inviting First and Second Peoples to experience Aboriginal culture in a meaningful way.

Leprena is the home of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Tasmania.

It is a place where the ...

Harley brings hope for healing


It’s the fifth day of the 2018 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress National Conference in Geelong.

After four days of listening to Harley Eagle, a First Nations trauma expert from Canada, Congress members are opening up to each other about their pain.

“My wife was the eldest of 14 children and one day her mother ...

Florence and Sheryil Allen avoid deportation

An 11th-hour reprieve against a deportation order has kept an 80-year-old mother and her 50-year-old autistic daughter together with their family in Australia.

Florence Allen and daughter Sheryil were booked on a one-way flight to India on 15 January, with the immigration department requesting evidence that the tickets had been purchased.

However, solicitors acting for the family began ...

All creatures great and small


If you visit Melbourne’s Wesley Uniting Church on the last Sunday of the month, you will find its historic church hall transformed into a mobile pet clinic.

Kittens, canines and even the occasional pet rat can be seen receiving medical check-ups from a team of volunteer veterinarians and vet nurses.

The clinic ...

“I sat where they sat”


So remembers the prophet Ezekiel. He had journeyed with his fellow exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon. Refugees from their homeland, Holy City and Temple. Sad and disillusioned people of God. Ezekiel was there with them experiencing the sadness and loneliness they knew. He felt for them. He was beside and with them. As ...

Free verse


Book | Milosz: A Biography | Andrzej Franaszek

The idea of literature as a counter to totalitarianism and war may seem a quaint notion to some, but it’s the reason why the Lithuanian/Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize, as this new biography details.

As a young man Milosz witnessed first ...

Synod Snaps – February 2018

Macedon Ranges Uniting Church shared an interfaith lunch with members of the local Muslim community.

The congregation at High Street Uniting Church Frankston were hard at work putting together Christmas hampers for local families in need last December.

Participants at the Uniting Church Icon Schools paint at their January workshop.

Untold stories


Book | Taboo | Kim Scott

At the beginning, and in an afterword, to Kim Scott’s new novel about the struggle of Aboriginal people to crawl through the wreckage of the clash of cultures, he writes about the difficulty of conveying Indigenous culture in the English novel. Telling the story of ‘magic ...

Welcome to eLM

This year Crosslight will invite a variety of people from throughout the church to speak with our readers through the editorial. Our aim is to represent a diversity of opinions and feature the voices of people who are passionate about the Church’s life and witness.

This month Crosslight welcomes Rev Dr Jennifer Byrnes, executive officer of the ...

Position of privilege

In January, I was privileged to attend some of the 2018 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Conference (UAICC), which is held every three years.

The theme for the conference – Trauma and Healing – created space to name the pain and trauma in need of healing as well as celebrating the resilience and strength of ...

Letters to the editor – February 2018

Property and progress

Now when the Church is soul searching about the issues of property and mission, I commend the timely insights of Property and Progress for a Pilgrim People by Rev Dr Michael Owen (Morning Star Publishing 2017). Dr Owen was formerly principal of the Theological Hall in Perth.

The subtitle asks: How much has the ...