Effective visiting

I have a booklet that was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education way back in 1986. It was part of a Uniting Church Elder Series and the subject matter was ‘Effective Visiting’. The co-authors were Rev John Billington and Rev Willis Jago (both now deceased).

John Billington wrote on Visiting the Healthy and Willis Jago wrote on ...

Singing from the same hymn book

People with a shared love of music gathered together on Valentine’s Day last month for the Rutherglen Big Sing. MC for the day was Zelma Eltringham, one of 60 people who met in the Uniting Church in Rutherglen.

“Folk travelled from Benalla, Albury, Cohuna and Melbourne to join with clergy and members of the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches ...

Almost 50 tonnes of food for families

Wesley Mission Victoria’s annual Food for Families appeal has collected an unprecedented 49 tonnes of food for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The appeal runs in the lead up to Christmas, inviting schools, businesses and community groups to collect food and household essentials for distribution through Wesley’s outreach centres.

Over 550 groups participated in 2015, more than ...

Subversive Tradition

Behind the formal declaration of International Women’s Day by the United Nations in 1975 there is a longer tradition. In 1911 more than one million women and men in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Austria began to keep 19 March as a Women’s Day to rally for women’s right to vote. It is worth pausing to think about this in ...

Fifty years of Nits

Back in the 1960s, St John’s Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church in Essendon was awash with teenagers, many of whom were active in what was then the PFA (Presbyterian Fellowship of Australia).

Fifty years have passed since nine of those PFA members, then known collectively as ‘The Nits’ (corruption of ‘Knights’), presented a one-off concert in the church hall on ...

MSR information sessions underway

By NIGEL TAPP

All church members have been invited to a series of synod-wide information sessions to inform and provide feedback on the vision and plans of the Major Strategic Review (MSR).

Sessions have already been held at Hoppers Crossing, Longford, Tasmania, Noble Park, Benalla and Traralgon.

This month meetings are planned for Heathmont, Wycheproof, Ararat  and 130 Little Collins ...

Letters to the editor – March

Giving up prejudice

Lent is said to be a time of self-imposed abstinence. This Lent maybe it’s time we go a little further and try to give up more than chocolates. We could give up pre-judging others, whether by force of habit, narrow-minded nurture or just plain self-limiting fear. For instance, we may tend to equate Islam with dangerous extremism ...