May Crosslight out now

Little James Flahive is featured on the front page of the May Crosslight. In this edition, we explore the experience of baptism and the different approaches in preparing for this sacrament.

All of the May Crosslight stories are available here. You can also read the digital version here.

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Focus on the positive for African youth

TIM LAM

Stories of “African gangs” terrorising Victorian suburbs have featured prominently on the front page of tabloids this year. They describe Victoria gripped in “a state of fear” as “out-of-control teen thugs” wreak havoc in the streets. In this feature, we speak with three members of the Uniting Church’s South Sudanese community on the real story beyond the ...

Water of life

DAVID SOUTHWELL

James Flahive’s baptism in East Gippsland’s Johnsonville Uniting Church was very much a homecoming for his father Andrew, who grew up attending the small church and married James’ mother Elaine there eight years previously.

“During the service I was reflecting on other events held at the church like our wedding,” Andrew said.

“Even seeing ...

Making decisions amid God’s abundant grace

Uniting Church members from around Australia will come together in prayerful community at Box Hill Town Hall in July for the 15th Assembly meeting.

On Sunday 8 July, members of the 15th Assembly will install Dr Deidre Palmer as President, the second woman to hold that leadership position.

Dr Palmer has chosen Abundant Grace Liberating Hope ...

Ann and Lyn’s legacy

DAVID SOUTHWELL

Last year was a very difficult one for Rita Hastilow and Broadford Uniting Church but out of immense loss has emerged the unexpected blessing of a thriving children’s ministry.

In February 2017 Rita’s beloved aunt, Ann Blackwell, succumbed to cancer only a matter of months after she was diagnosed. Then in November Rita’s mother ...

A picture perfect Easter

Easter is always a busy period for Beechworth-Stanley Yackandandah Uniting Church in north-eastern Victoria. Chair of the church council Don Pope takes Crosslight readers on a photo tour of the community’s Easter celebrations.

“This year we staged a number of activities as individual congregations and in conjunction with the Combined Christians of Beechworth,” he writes.

Jill Ruzbacky – a tireless warrior for social justice

28/1/1970 – 9/4/2018

It is a testimony to synod social justice advocate Jill Ruzbacky’s profound impact on so many that there was an outpouring of tributes and grief from across the world at the news of her death at the age of 48 after eight months of illness in hospital.

Hundreds of social media messages ...

Discipleship and the cost of peace

BARRY GITTINS

Retired English vicar, author, photographer and director of registered charity Peacemaker Trust, Rev Dr Stephen Sizer is an affable, peaceful man with a gentle handshake and a ready smile.

He is also a man resigned to the fact that his declared mission of bringing about a just peace in the Middle East angers some ...

Food for thought

Review by Nick Mattiske

Book | Call of the Reed Warbler| Charles Massy

Our supermarket shelves may be groaning under the weight of stock, but it is increasingly obvious that our food economy is a problem.

Monoculture crops and overly processed foods can lead to obesity, heart disease and cancer with fewer nutrients ...