Degree of reckoning


A small piece of history was made in March when Julia Baird stood in front of 300 graduands and received the highest academic honour the University of Divinity bestows, the Doctor of Divinity.

Julia Baird is a journalist, historian and broadcaster. She is known for her work as an ABC presenter of The Drum, ...

Ending the cycle of violence

Kenneth H Carter Jr

On 14 February, 17 people were killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Many learned of the news as they were preparing to attend Ash Wednesday services, which mark the beginning of the season of Lent. As we learned of the deaths of students, teachers and staff  the ...

Strengthening Sustainable Economic Security


Churches, along with other non-government organisations, have an important role in demonstrating that there are greater values than consumerism.

This was one of the challenging propositions to come out of a workshop organised by the University of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy.

Keynote speaker, the renowned economist and public ...

Laurie Turner – a life that shared the love of God

5/11/1923 -21/1/2018

Former UCA Synod of Victoria moderator Laurie Turner has been remembered for a life of Christian service.

Laurie, who was a resident of an aged care home in Camberwell, died peacefully on 21 January at the age of 94.

A Service of Thanksgiving was held for Mr Turner’s life at Camberwell Uniting Church ...

Voice recognition

The power of story was a central theme of the Voices of Strength cultural gathering held at the Leprena centre in Hobart on 18 April.

Approximately 130 people attended the event to launch the Voices of Strength book, which is a collection of women’s stories and artwork collated by writer and historian Terry Whitebeach.


Second lease of life for Ballarat op shop

Ice creams, a sausage sizzle and bargains greeted customers at the March Community Day to celebrate the opening of the new Uniting Ballarat op shop.

The shop has moved from its previous home near the Ballarat Central Uniting Church to a building in Delacombe, a suburb of Ballarat. It offers easier parking and a ...

The Spirit’s call


As we move towards the Feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Spirit to the church and each follower of Jesus, I am reminded again of the privilege I have witnessing so many signs of the Spirit’s presence calling us to worship, witness and service.

This year I am seeking to ...

Strengthening safety zones

Presbytery child safe project officer Anne Kim says that even though she has the daunting task of liaising with 130 congregations there is plenty to encourage her.

Since late 2016, Anne has been busy making sure synod’s Keeping Children Safe policy and practices are understood and operating effectively in the churches that form the Port Phillip East ...

Rising hope

Review by Karel Reus

Book | The Day the Revolution Began | TOM Wright

Wright seeks to answer these questions, or at least throw light on them, in the context of a continuing theological debate. He argues that neither conservatives nor liberals have “seen the bodily resurrection as the launching of God’s new creation within the present ...

The Quiet Places

Show me the quiet places Lord,

Where I can find your peace.

Take me beyond the noisiness

of life’s relentless beat.

Take me as only you can do,

to places in my heart.

Where inner peace and gratitude,

draws me into your light.

Take me away from those ...

Mental battle

Review by Jean Warriner

Book | Joy Interrupted | Geoffrey Lilburne

This book could be very helpful to any Christian who has ever struggled with mental illness, especially depression, or knows someone close who has done so.

Christians can sometimes feel, or may even have been told, that if they are mentally ill it is ...

Look up and see

Rev Sani Vaeluaga, minister at Altona Meadows-Laverton and Lara Uniting Churches was inspired to write Look Up and See on Holy Saturday. His poem, published here in English and in Samoan, is based on Mark’s account (Mark 16:1-8) of the resurrection.

Look up and see the dawning of a new day

The grave that ...