God’s invitation


As a leader of congregational worship, I typically speak the familiar words of greeting to the gathered community saying:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

As we again approach Pentecost on 4 June, the third part of Paul’s words from the ...

Learning patience


A good friend of mine died recently. We hadn’t seen each other for more than five years. But there are people that you meet in life whose wisdom you come to value and to rely on, irrespective of whether you actually get to spend much time together.

In the final days of Alan’s illness, I was able ...

Keep telling


Review by PENNY MULVEY

MOVIE | DON’T TELL | M

The unspoken grief and brokenness of a father – a secondary victim of the destructive effects of sex abuse – ripples through a new Australian movie, Don’t Tell, a compelling true story about one young life deeply scarred by a teacher’s callous disregard for the sanctity of ...

President welcomes Timorese visitors


A delegation of five visitors from Timor-Leste enjoyed a welcome reprieve from the Melbourne morning chill last month as they met with Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan and synod staff at 130 Lt Collins St.

The group’s visit was sponsored by Ringwood Uniting Church, which since 2011 has been in partnership with Hosana Church in Dili.

As ...

Open invitation

Review by TIM LAM

BOOK | THEOLOGY OF THE OPEN TABLE | EOJIN LEE

The Eucharist is one of the most significant sacraments in Christianity. But the question of who is welcome to receive the Body of Christ has generated much debate amongst theologians and biblical scholars over the centuries.

While some churches such as the Uniting Church practice ...

Synod Snaps – June 2017

Wendouree Uniting Church congregation blossomed the cross as part of their Easter Sunday service.

Chloe and Jorja from St Margaret’s, Mooroolbark show their support for Rubaga Youth Development Association in Uganda. Church members donate toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, toothbrush packaging and other cosmetic item packaging. When the cartons are full the material is delivered to Terracycle which pays 1 ...

Change is in the nature of our union

When I look at the photos of the inauguration, I barely recognise the current Uniting Church. In the photos, the Church is represented largely by a group of older white men. The only person of colour on the stage was a guest of the World Council of Churches. The majority of female faces are schoolgirls in a choir.

While ...

Funds for South Sudan


The East Gippsland town of Orbost may only have a population of 2000 people but that did not stop the congregation at St Andrew’s Uniting Church from filling their church hall with visitors at a recent fundraising dinner.

More than 140 people attended the Sudanese Famine Dinner on 6 May, including 20 Sudanese visitors from Melbourne.

A ...

Finding forgiveness

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | FROM GENOCIDE TO GENEROSITY | JOHN STEWARD

At the time of the Rwandan genocide, it was said that there were no more devils in Hell because they were all in Rwanda. In 1994, ...

Letters to the editor – June 2017

Ascension Day hymns  

What does Ascension Day mean to us in 21st century Australia?  We have often seen classical paintings of this scene where Christ is rising to heaven watched by anxious or adoring disciples. Some even show just his feet at the top of the picture frame surrounded by clouds.

Together in Song has several entries by Charles ...

Age old story


Review by PENNY MULVEY

PLAY | MINNIE & LIRAZ

My mother, quoting my grandmother, regularly reminds her three daughters that ‘ageing is not for wimps’. The latest production from the Melbourne Theatre Company bears this out.

Minnie & Liraz by Melbourne playwright Lally Katz puts paid to the myth that as people age they become meek sweet ...

Fighting poverty by the book

RHONDA MATHESON-BROWNE

Bookworms can purchase newly released books and raise funds for a worthwhile cause when Ocean Grove Uniting Church hosts a biannual book sale.

For the past four decades, a group of Ocean Grove locals have driven fundraising efforts to alleviate poverty in overseas communities.

Ocean Grove Uniting Church members Lyn Mulligan, Joan Calcutt, Barry Calcutt and Pat ...