Tales from the past

Book | Out of the Ordinary: Twelve Australian Methodist Biographies | editors: Patricia Curthoys and William W. Emilsen. 

Review by BOB FASER

While a reasonable amount of material has been written since Union by historians in the UCA on the history of Congregationalism and Presbyterianism in Australia, comparatively little has been written from a Methodist perspective.

In my ...

Diamond wedding celebrations  

John and Margaret Williams celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 20 March with a large gathering of family and friends.

The couple are members of Mountview Uniting Church in Mitcham. They first met at a Methodist Central youth council, when Rev Bob Uren suggested to John that he drive Margaret home after her first meeting as council ...

Prison preachers

Book | Opening the Doors: A Prison Chaplain’s Life On The Inside | Paul Gill


Author Paul Gill served as senior prison chaplain and coordinating chaplain at Western Australia’s Casuarina Prison for 10 years before his retirement. This book emanates from his vast experience working in a prison environment in WA. It is raw and ...

A lifelong commitment to ministry

Approximately 60 people came together at Mortlake Uniting Church for Lorraine Tonzing’s final service as lay preacher. Visitors from Derrinallum, Terang, Mepunga and Warrnambool attended the service on 13 March, along with friends from the Anglican Church and Lorraine’s family.

Lorraine’s journey began in Kangaroo Flat Methodist Church, where she was baptised and confirmed as a teenager ...

Subversive faith

Book | Seeing – Remembering – Connecting:  subversive practices of being Church | Karen L. Bloomquist

Review by BOB FASER

How can churches engage with our society so as to resist injustice and to transform the culture? This is the question Karen Bloomquist addresses in Seeing – Remembering – Connecting.

Bloomquist, a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church ...

Truly, we will remember them


Anzac Day 2015 was an enormous event. The centenary of Gallipoli – a disastrous military exercise, which over the nine months it raged between the Turkish and Allied Forces, claimed more than 141 thousand lives.

This year Australia commemorates the 50th anniversary of our involvement in an equally flawed military encounter – the Vietnam War.



Famed writer, Annie Dillard wrote in her bestselling novel Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: “Time is the one thing we have been given and we have been given to time.”

Well my time as moderator has almost given out. This will be my last Crosslight reflection as moderator and I take the opportunity to thank all those who ...

Synod Snaps – May

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

Croxton Congregation in Thornbury, Victoria hosted a dinner party on 18 March. Tenor and guest singer David Chun (left) and Rev Kevin Kim (right) sing “Perhaps Love” in harmony during the dinner.

Easter Day service at St Michael’s Uniting ...

56 Club celebrates six decades of friendship

In June 1956, a group of young couples at the South Oakleigh Methodist congregation came together to form the Young Marrieds group. The idea was initiated by Rev Ron Williams, who suggested starting a social evening once a month for members to meet outside their busy work and family commitments.

The group originally ...

A helping hand for farmers


Like many young men in Australia, Peter Johns wanted to attend university and pursue a career in an industry of his choice. But tertiary education can be expensive; tuition fees, transport, textbooks and equipment all add up to create a significant financial hurdle. A person’s own financial circumstances may create an additional barrier to their ...

The challenge of change


If experience is the best teacher, Rev Ros McDonald has certainly learnt how to cope with change. As the school chaplain at Acacia College, Ms McDonald found herself counselling and supporting the school community through uncertainty and turmoil at a time when she, personally, was going through those same emotions. It is these skills she ...

Foundations for the future


The apostle Paul, in the final chapter of his letter to the Romans, draws attention to the many people who assisted him on his journeys proclaiming Jesus Christ.

He names several women who held positions of leadership in their churches. He asks the recipients of the letter to greet Epenetus, “who was the first convert ...