Age appropriate

Review by Jean Warriner

Book | Old Old Age: A Brief Guide | Ian Hansen

This book is written by a man in his late 80s. He tells of how the world has changed greatly from the one he grew up in.

Early in his life there was no electricity or any of the ...

Life begins at 41

This month we commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. It’s not nearly as exciting as last year’s 40th birthday. There will be fewer cakes and parties and events I imagine.  After the excitement of last year, this June’s anniversary reminds us that the life of the church is mostly lived out in ...

Youthful approach


It’s not just tram zones and hook turns that Bradon French is learning to navigate as he settles into his new Melbourne-based role with the VicTas synod.

One of his first priorities as the new intergenerational ministry youth worker is to meet congregations throughout the synod and get to know their needs and priorities ...

Synod Snaps – June 2018

Diamond Valley Parish Uniting Church hosted their annual arts festival. A number of beautiful hand-made quilts were on display as the community enjoyed an afternoon of activities, food and singing.

The Voices of Frankston (associated with the Choir of Hard Knocks) and the ConChord Sri Lankan Choir performed at St John’s Uniting Church, Mt Waverley in April. The ...

Apostle’s journey

Review by Nick Mattiske

Book | Paul: A Biography | Tom Wright

A new book from Tom Wright is always notable, even at the pace he churns them out. Here he returns to probably his biggest topic, Saint Paul.

This book is conceived as a popular biography, rather than another book on Paul’s theology, ...

Where was God?

Carmyl Winkler

Fifty-six years ago my sister died, with her husband, in a car accident. They were both 24. Always the questions will be “How could God allow this?” and “Where was God when my child suffered?” One answer is, “He was in the same place as he was when his own Son died.” I ...

Mental health shouldn’t be a lone struggle

This month, Crosslight welcomes Lionel Parrott, member of Yarra Yarra Presbytery Mental Health Network and part of the steering committee for a major new report.

Imagine, if you can, living your life with another presence within you. Sometimes, this presence may be so strong it takes control of you.

This presence, described as mental illness, ...

New chapter in life of UCAF


Pam Grant, secretary of the UCAF National Committee (2015-2018), reports on the recent consultation held in Hobart.

IT was a time of thanksgiving but also of new directions as members of the Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) gathered for the 13th National Committee Consultation held at the Hobart North UC early last month.


Drawing out the best

When Judy began doing volunteer work with a Monday afternoon art group run by Uniting Vic.Tas she couldn’t have anticipated that it would spark her own creative journey.

Judy attends the Gifford Arts Program at the Gifford Village Community Centre, which incorporates the Croydon North Uniting Church in Melbourne’s east.

“Gifford Arts blends people with and ...

Screen memories

Some of the vast store of images kept in the Uniting Church Victorian Archives is now available online.

Over the last year approximately 1000 photos and images of church people, places and artefacts have been scanned to make digital copies. These images have been uploaded to the state government-funded Victorian Collections website, where they can be accessed ...

Animal magnetism

Sundays at Bellbrae Uniting Church are furry and friendly, as these pictures from a recent service show.

“We take pride in being a place where all who come to us find a warm welcome for themselves and their animal companions,” Bellbrae member Carleen Thoernberg said.

“We have three or four regular dogs and lots ...

Letters to the editor – June 2018

Blood and theft

Israel was born of blood and theft.  That is an incontrovertible fact. But the latest violence Israel has inflicted on unarmed civilians in Gaza is a bloody stain on the world’s humanity, especially on those Western Christian nations who were instrumental in establishing Israel on Palestinian land, thus dispossessing millions of indigenous population.

We ...