The power of choice

By PENNY MULVEY

After a marathon session of the Victorian Upper House this week, the Dying with Dignity legislation was narrowly passed, 22 votes to 18.

The Bill will give terminally-ill Victorians in intolerable pain and with less than six months to live the right to ask to end their lives using prescription medication.

The legislation will return ...

Australians of the Year call for end to Manus crisis

A dozen former Australians of the Year have called on political leaders to immediately address the ‘human disaster’ unfolding on Manus Island, as police and military begin to forcibly remove over 400 men from a detention centre.

In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, 12 former Australians of the Year warned ...

Religious leaders block Adani rail line

A group of religious leaders ­– including a Uniting Church minister ­– were arrested on Tuesday for blocking construction of the Adani rail link.

Five peaceful protesters from Uniting, Catholic, Buddhist and Quaker backgrounds blockaded the rail line from Abbot Point coal port to the Galilee Basin, site of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine.

The protesters were members ...

“Another Zimbabwe is possible”


Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has called on church members to pray for a peaceful resolution to the unfolding crisis in Zimbabwe.

Last week, the Zimbabwe military seized control of the capital and detained President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

The ruling Zanu-PF party sacked Mr Mugabe as their leader and demanded he resign as head of ...

Slave and Liberator Reunited

Moe Turaga came back to the Uniting Church in Mildura on Sunday 29 October.

The disability services worker from Bundaberg in Queensland was returning to the Sunraysia region for the first time in 30 years – a region that holds some painful memories for him.

For three years from the late 1980s, Moe was a horticultural worker at a ...

Paradise Papers reveals crackdown on tax cheats still needed

Friday Forum

The Paradise Papers have lifted the lid on the on-going tax cheating activities by the obscenely rich and multinational corporations.

This is not a marginal activity, but a systemic, global issue. We all pay the price if tax cheats get away with paying less than they should, as governments will lack the money for things such as ...

Patchewollock celebrates 90 years of worship

The north-west regional Victoria town of Patchewollock may only have a population of 133 people, but more than 100 churchgoers and visitors gathered at the local Uniting Church in early November to celebrate the congregation’s 90th anniversary.

In 1927, the Patchewollock Uniting Church foundation stone was laid at its current site on Yenolom Street. Patchewollock Uniting Church secretary Sandra ...

Uniting Network urges church to change marriage policy


The Uniting Church’s LGBTIQ network has called on the Church to amend its policy on marriage following the results of the marriage law postal survey.

Australians overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, with more than 61 percent of respondents voting ‘yes’.

Uniting Network national secretary Warren Talbot welcomed the results of the survey and urged ...

Safe spaces

This year the Victorian parliament legislated to establish the Reportable Conduct Scheme. Overseen by the Commission for Children and Young People, the legislation only applies in Victoria. The Reportable Conduct Scheme commenced on 1 July this year and aims to improve organisational responses to suspected child abuse by workers/volunteers and to identify people who pose a risk of ...

A ‘divine miracle’

REBECCA BEISLER

There was much joy inside Footscray Community Uniting Church as 400 people gathered to celebrate the ordination of Rev Paul Aleu Dau.

The South Sudanese community in Footscray danced and sang in Paul’s native Dinka language while family and friends prayed for Paul who begins his ordained ministry at Springvale Uniting Church this month.

Reflecting on Paul’s ...