Bridging cultures

Book | Building Bridges | Joe Reich

Review by EMMET O’CUANA

Building Bridges is the third book by Melbourne ophthalmologist Joe Reich. Launched to a packed room at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival in May, Reich’s mixture of ironic humour and wry commentary on Australian society continues to impress. The story, set in 1970 around the time of the Westgate ...

A picnic in the country

JIM FOLEY

A guest at the refugee picnic took a final look at the Castlemaine botanical gardens in their autumn splendour and said to one of the organisers: “This is the best day I’ve had since arriving in Australia”.

The comment was music to the ears of the team of people from Rural Australians for Refugees and churches and ...

A cuppa and a caring heart

DAVID SOUTHWELL

Thelma Wall was volunteering at the Sycamore Tree Coffee Shop when she saw a “young fellow” enter the adjoining Heidelberg-East Ivanhoe Uniting Church, which in those days had a front section open as a chapel.

Ms Wall decided to follow the teenager in and approach him.

“People enter a church for a reason,” she said.

She found ...

A colourful record     

BOOK | SURREY HILLS UNITING: A CHURCH HISTORY | GRAHAM BEANLAND

Review by Gwenda Smyth (SHUC Elder)

When Graham Beanland came to Surrey Hills Uniting Church some years ago, he discovered that, though there were documents by the dozen and considerable pride in the church’s origins, there was no recorded history of its life. With skill and scholarship, he set about ...

Uniting Church members recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Many Uniting Church members are involved in volunteer and philanthropic programs that enrich their local community. They dedicate countless hours living out the biblical call to serve the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society.

Their hard work and generosity have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Kenneth Harrison, congregation member at Mark the Evangelist Uniting ...