Little festival with a big heart


Sacrededge will return to the coastal town of Queenscliff for a weekend of music, stories and reflection.

Now in its third year, the festival takes place from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May. It will feature more than 20 artists and performers including: Indigenous singer Frank Yamma, Kurdish refugee Reza Yarahmadi, theologian and LGBTI ...

Challenging bias


International Women’s Day (IWD), held on 8 March for the past 105 years, had its origins at an international conference of socialist women held in Copenhagen in 1910, which had, as its foremost aim, international suffrage for women.

While the definition and expectations of gender equality vary greatly depending on an individual’s place of birth and socioeconomic, ...

A model for peace

BOOK | Blessed and Called to Be a Blessing: Muslim-Christian Couples Sharing a Life Together | Rev Helen Richmond

Review by Rebecca Beisler

When Michelle and Yusef chose to embark on life together as a married couple, some things were sure to become a little more complicated thanks to their different faiths and cultural backgrounds.

For Michelle, an Australian-born Christian, and ...

UnitingCare Pancake Day cooks up a storm


Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local churches, schools and businesses, UnitingCare’s Pancake Day is on track to raise more money this year than ever before.

Locals cooked up delicious pancakes to raise money for Victorian and Tasmanian UnitingCare agencies.

The annual UnitingCare event, now in its 14th year, is traditionally held on Shrove Tuesday and ...

Man of great faith

Rev Robert Brian Catford

27/06/1934 – 15/09/2015

Throughout his more than 50 years of service, first as a Presbyterian and later a Uniting Church minister, Rev Robert Catford lived out his faith by example, sharing the gospel messages of love, grace, hope, joy and peace with those around him.

As a young adult Rob experienced a strong and personal ...

Sharing the load


It is often said two heads are better than one but in ministry it is more common to see one person filing a position rather than two sharing the role.

In 2016 there are many who believe the sharing of placements must be considered as an alternative to expecting one person to master everything.

Rev Kerrie Lingham ...

St Paddy – God and Country


I grew up during the 1980s in the Republic of Ireland. At a time when the evening news frequently summarised violence occuring not too far away north of the border, as well as the more global fears of the Cold War, there was a constant sense of existential threat.

I still associate a lot of that fear ...

See GHOST…before it disappears

Play | Ghost

Review by Penny Mulvey

Theatre tickets are expensive, particularly the large-scale music theatre productions. As a result, audiences tend to revisit tried and true favourites such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King ahead of new musicals. Backing a new production presents a significant risk for the producers in small markets ...

Synod Snaps – March

Synod Snaps brings you images from throughout the Church and beyond.

Beryl Kenny at Lara Uniting Church’s Pancake Day event

Jill Arney at Lara Uniting Church’s Pancake Day event

Chris Marsh and Judy Symons from the Cranbourne Regional Uniting Church Food Truck were recognised with a Holt Australia ...

Uplifted in faith and hope

BINDY TAYLOR recently spoke with Khadija Gbla, executive director of No FGM Australia. Khadija will be the keynote speaker at the UnitingWomen conference held in Adelaide this April.   

Spending time with Khadija Gbla is an uplifting experience – she is as passionate and as vocal one-on-one as she is speaking to a gathering of 1,000 people. Khadija has ...

Creating Jesus  

Book | Made on earth. How gospel writers created the Christ | Dr Lorraine Parkinson.

Review by Rev Dr David Merritt                                          

Dr Lorraine Parkinson is a Uniting Church minister and the author of one of the most widely read books ...

Residents race in the name of cancer research

Tasmania’s unpredictable weather did not keep Uniting AgeWell’s Lillian Martin residents from donning their sneakers and participating in their Relay For Life marathon on Monday.

Inspired by staff who entered a team in the Cancer Council fundraising event, residents decided they would also do their part for cancer research, forming a team of their own and doing laps around ...