Give thanks… in everything?

Annette Spurr

Give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 8:13). Everything? Even the bad things?

That seems completely unrealistic and unfair. Anyway, that’s what I thought, until a near tragedy changed everything.

It started out like most nights at our place, frantically getting dinner ready in our upstairs kitchen while my boys played noisily ...

Vanuatu visitors and a harvest of goodwill


For six months of the year Bairnsdale Uniting Church becomes the second spiritual home for a group of men from Vanuatu.

The current group will be returning to Vanuatu early this month and for some it has been their third time working on a 500-acre organic vegetable farm in East Gippsland. From November to ...

Minister with a score to settle

While footy umpires can be targets of criticism and abuse on any given Saturday, it’s the potential feedback he might get on a Sunday that concerns Leongatha Uniting Church minister Rev Paul Bauer.

Paul has picked up the flags again this season to be a goal umpire, something he has done for 25 years with ...

Leading the way

In late April, a group of young adults gathered for the Somers Youth Leadership Conference. The conference equipped young people with leadership skills in preparation for the annual Somers Camp in July. Frankston Uniting Church member Meg Ryan shares her reflections from the weekend.

Last month’s Somers Youth Leadership Conference had a great impact on ...

Is the Old Testament dying?

Weird, strange, foreign, old, irrelevant, outdated, useless, violent, are among the words people have used to respond to the question “what is the Old Testament?”

In contemporary Australia people have rarely responded by saying, it is ‘the word of God’ or ‘Scripture’.

The UCA Basis of Union says, The Uniting Church acknowledges that the ...

Star struck

Review by David Southwell

TV | Louis Theroux: Savile | ABC iview

Louis Theroux has made a career out of asking awkward questions but in this documentary he has to answer them.

Louis Theroux: Savile is a 2016 follow-up to the previous program When Louis met Jimmy, where Theroux spent several days inquisitively ...

Keeping siblings together

Uniting Vic.Tas will trial a new service to ensure out-of-home care siblings remain together for as long as possible.

On average, 25 percent of children who enter into foster care in Victoria are separated from their siblings.

The Siblings Support and Placement Service, the first program of its kind in Australia, will help keep siblings together. It ...

Letters to the editor – May 2018

Too big a gamble

Recently some AFL football clubs announced they were reconsidering their acceptance of income from pokies. Perhaps our church could do the same.

The Community Support Fund (CSF) was established to distribute part of the Victorian government’s gaming revenue ‘to projects that benefit communities’. From 2015-17, Uniting (Care) agencies received over $5.7m from the ...

Snakes and leaders

Emerging church leaders got an opportunity to show that they could handle anything when they were invited to pick up live snakes at the Centre of Theology and Ministry last Friday.

The snake handling was part of a three-day intensive course, which is the introduction to a new 18-month program that aims to develop leadership skills in the Uniting ...