We use the word “calling” lightly, when the idea of a vocation to ministry has the potential to change many lives, including the lives of those called. In this feature, we call on three members of the Uniting Church to ask them what it means to feel God wants them to be ministers of the gospel....
Outside the church hall it’s a grey, wet and wintry Melbourne morning.
But inside, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, as well rugged-up diners tuck into steaming plates of pasta bake and vegetables.
Horsham Uniting Church might not have had quite the who’s who roll-call of dignitaries and celebrities attending but it still managed to show it could put on a pretty decent royal wedding.
Preventative mental health programs and help for the elderly are glaring areas of need that governments are failing to address, a post-budget breakfast hosted by UCA Funds Management heard on Thursday.
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Film | Come Sunday | M
Carlton Pearson was one of the most popular preachers in America during the 1990s, his Pentecostal mega-church regularly drawing more than 5000 worshippers.
When Brunswick was named as a terrorist target in 2016, the local religious community decided they would respond by showcasing the neighbourhood’s thriving diversity.
Moreland community leaders, including Christian, Muslim and other faith representatives, formed Moreland Together.
Synod interfaith community development worker April Kailahi was one of the network’s founding members.
SOWING the seeds of faith, developing relationships and entrusting people to lead have been key to fostering North Ringwood Uniting Church’s flourishing intergenerational ministry.
The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is not something to be entered into lightly.
The program, run by The John Paver Centre and based out of the Centre for Theology and Ministry, requires 400 hours of supervised pastoral practice and education.
“I actually think leadership grows out of discipleship,” Dr Deidre Palmer says.
“As an educator, as someone who contributes to people’s formation in faith, I see leadership arising from inviting people into a deeper relationship with God.”
Book | The Shepherd’s Hut | Tim Winton
In Tim Winton’s fiction, reconciliation, sacrifice, redemption and the like work themselves out in the lives of society’s fringe-dwellers – those not usually thought of as upright, moral citizens.
In his final national message the 14th President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has urged Church members to address the “unfinished business” of sovereignty and Treaty for First Peoples.