Brunswick Uniting creates a community


ONE of the biggest challenges many young people face is their first experience of leaving home and this can be even harder for those who have to relocate far afield  to further their education.

Brunswick Uniting Church is doing its bit to support students moving to Melbourne from throughout Australia and overseas through ...

Wonder full

Review by Penny Mulvey

Movie | Wonder Woman | M

The basic premise of a superhero movie is that good triumphs over evil. The only grey to the story is that the personification of ‘evil’ has experienced something which tipped him (evil in the genre is normally male) into the world of darkness.

Being 40 years young


Ministering to children, young people, youth and families has been central to the mission of the Uniting Church in Australia. Over time, the nature of this ministry has evolved, with new ways of doing church embraced.

Ministry to young people has moved from the Sunday School model many people would be familiar with – or a ...

Become a shooting star

Penny Mulvey learnt a thing or two about mobile phones on her latest trip to a rural presbytery. The director of communications for the synod decided it was time to “practice what we preach” as she valiantly took on the task of producing short video stories to document her trip.

“For the past few months we ...

The ABCs of Copyright

Is your church or organisation aware of its obligations in relation to copyright laws? Just because an image can be downloaded from the internet does not mean you can project it free of charge. The same applies to short excerpts from movies and playing music at church events outside of worship services.

Different units within ...

Celestial and Celestin proof of the divine

A letter to Crosslight this month eloquently reminds us that human beings do not have all the answers. The letter writer tells us that as astronomers learn more about the complexity of the universe, the probability of a planet which enables intelligent life becomes infinitesimal, perhaps even suggesting a divine hand.

People of faith have ...

A glimpse into the despair of detention


When I visited a Melbourne asylum seeker detention centre recently, I was not allowed to take in a bunch of flowers for my friend’s birthday. No reason given except ‘it’s policy’. So instead, I sent her a photo of the flowers.

At Easter, the small chocolate eggs I wanted to give her were refused: ...

Historic truth

Review by Suzanne Yanko

Book | The embarrassed colonialist | Sean Dorney

Sean Dorney is an Australian journalist who has probably been the most trusted voice on Papua New Guinea affairs since he arrived in Moresby as a rookie ABC reporter in the early 70s. His thesis in this slim volume is simply that Australia needs ...

Group has a thirst to support Lenten appeal


PROCEEDS from the second CD produced by Hobart music group Thirsty Ground will aid the work of the synod’s Lenten Offering appeal.

Last year Thirsty Ground received a $13,500 Lenten Offering grant to assist its performance program and make its second CD. The group’s leader, experienced Hobart singer-songwriter John Coleman, said members were ...

Family ministry

Rev Ronald Alister Blackwood

23 August 1919 – 12 June 2017

Ron Blackwood was born in Dimboola, Victoria on 23 August 1919. By his crib his parents, Rev William and May Blackwood, dedicated him to the ministry of the church. Ron was told this just prior to taking up his first ministry appointment in the Presbyterian ...

Stranger than fiction

Review by Nick Mattiske

Book | The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel

One day in the 1980s a young man fed up with the modern world abandons his car by the side of the road and disappears into the woods of the northeast United States, where he remains for the next 30 years, living ...

Presbyteries in transition


Sixty representatives from across the presbyteries and synod gathered at the Centre for Theology & Ministry last month to hear about progress relating to future plans for the presbyteries.

At the June 2016 Synod meeting a resolution was passed to establish a Presbytery Transition Team (PTT) which would work closely with the Strategic Review Implementation Team ...