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 ...

Supporting seasonal workers


In 2008, the Australian Government initiated a program for people from Pacific Island nations to stay in Australian on short-term visas and fill vital employment gaps in the agricultural industry.

The workers earn money to take back home and gain valuable agricultural skills to introduce into their home communities.

It seemed ...

Diary of a Frontier Services minister

CROSSLIGHT asked Rev Rowena Harris for a snapshot of a typical month in the life of a High Country bush chaplain.

Wednesday 11 April

I begin progressing through a workbook, produced and required by the Victorian Council of Churches (VCC). It is a requisite for attending re-accreditation as an emergency services chaplain. I am the regional coordinator, and work with ...

Dream job

When Michael Easton took up the newly created role of community outreach worker at Avenel, Nagambie and Seymour Uniting Church, a congregation member told him: “We’ve employed you but we’ve got no idea what you’re going to do.”

While some might find this daunting, Mr Easton is using it as an opportunity to dream.

He is ...

Forming disciples – theologically

The theological world recently mourned the death of Professor James Cone, a prominent African American theologian who taught for many years at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Among his influential and prophetic books were A Black Theology of Liberation and The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

At his funeral in early May, the eulogy was ...