Road trauma memorial opens in Geelong

A memorial honouring those who have lost their lives or been injured on Victorian roads has been unveiled in Geelong.

The memorial, which sits on the Geelong waterfront, provides people a space for quiet reflection.

Synod’s Disability Inclusion Advocate Andy Calder, who served as project manager, had a personal connection to the cause, having been hit by a truck in ...

Twin bomb survivor’s remarkable and inspiring story

By Daryl Kee

Today is 75 years since the Anola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing more than 100,000 people. To give you an idea how big the blast was, yesterday’s explosion in Beirut was just one fifth in size.

Three days after the Hiroshima bomb, the United States dropped another on Nagasaki, leading ...

Youthful enthusiasm earns AOM honours

Josie Crisara and Neville Burrows share a devotion to bringing out the best in young people, and following the announcement of Queens Birthday Honours they also each have an Order or Australia Medal in recognition of their contributions.

Josie, who is principal of the Uniting Church-associated independent school Aitken College, believed the award was primarily in recognition of her nearly ...

June Crosslight is now available

The June edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital ”flipbook”.

The supersized 55-page special edition features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces that will either inspire you, give you reason to reflect or encourage you to take action. Among the many interesting articles are:

  • An overview of how COVID-19 has affected the ...

Disability Royal Commission pastoral letter

The Assembly has established a national Task Group to coordinate our Church’s response, requesting Synods to also establish Task Groups. The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Task Group includes representatives from congregations, Uniting VicTas, schools liaison and relevant Synod staff. It is chaired by Rev (Deacon) Dr Andy Calder.

The Task Group has been producing resources and information about how ...

Appeal raises record amount for people in crisis

The 2019 Food For Families appeal broke all records, with more than 1000 individuals, families, schools, workplaces, congregations and community organisations participating.

Collectively they donated 73 tonnes of food and other essential items to people facing crisis at Christmas.

To put that in perspective, a full-grown elephant weighs 6 tonnes – so that’s 12 elephants.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO ...

How to gather in spirit this Anzac Day

By Mikaela Turner

No day unifies Australia, physically and emotionally, as much as Anzac Day. And for many veterans, in particular, it is an important day to reconnect and honour those who have lost their lives in the name of national service.

But, as with so many events this year, April 25 will be an Anzac Day like no other. ...

Free classes to help alleviate stress and anxiety

The physical toll inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic is well documented, but the mental effects are largely unknown.

However, as any mental health professional will tell you, times of anxiety, stress and loneliness impact significantly on people’s mental well-being.

Rev John Tansey, who works with Mental Health Ministries, recognises this and is now offering free mindfulness sessions for anyone who ...

Coping with COVID-19: Robyn Nandan

As part of our on-going series, we speak with Robyn Nandan, relief teacher at Rosny College, Hobart.

How has your work been affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

Since I retired from full time work when I was just 70, I have been a relief teacher of English and English Literature.

How have you responded?

Since this crisis, I have refused ...

Focus on human rights, disability and ethics

A group of internationally-recognised independent experts in the area of human rights, bioethics and disability has published an eight-page Statement of Concern to highlight ethical decision-making in the context of disability and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, which has been endorsed by Assembly, is titled COVID-19: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making and is signed by eight eminent Australians ...

Two million people stranded without essential support

The list of people most affected by the current lockdowns grows by the day, but one of the most overlooked groups is the more than two million people living in Australia on temporary visas.

Most of these marginalised victims, which includes people who have applied for asylum, can’t access standard social security support or other essential government services. And, to ...

Easter Sunday still blooming marvellous

Each year during Easter Sunday service, the congregation at Penguin Uniting Church, Tasmania, constructs a flower-laden cross which is later displayed outside the church.

Visiting the cross has become part of the local community’s Easter ritual but, this year, the restrictions imposed on in-church worship meant it would most likely be missing.

But Lynn Templar, church council chairperson, was determined ...