Korea celebrations kick off with Pilgrim visit

Members of the Presbyterian Church of Korea kicked off their 10-day tour of Australia with a visit to the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 4 October.

The group of about 30, which includes PCK’s Moderator and General Secretary, is in Australia to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the first Australian Mission to Korea.

Pilgrim Head of College Rev Dr ...

UCA submission on new religious discrimination laws

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Federal Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer said the Uniting Church supported the Government’s efforts to improve protections against religious discrimination for all people in Australia.

While the Uniting Church is supportive of much of the Draft Religious Discrimination Bill, it has ...

Resilient Women Project tackles religious prejudice

By Mikaela Turner

Prejudice comes in all shapes and sizes, none of them befitting the community which allows them oxygen.

It is something many people experience prejudice on a daily basis, be it racial, sexual, gender, ageist or even religious – and arguably none more so than Muslim women.

The experience for Muslim women is so dire and so ...

Moderator invites Lenten appeal project applications

By David Southwell

Victorian and Tasmanian UCA congregations and other ancillary groups who are doing the mission work of the church are invited to apply for next year’s Lenten Offering grants to support innovative projects.

Each Lent and Easter the Moderator asks UCA members in Victoria and Tasmania to give towards four mission projects that align with Synod’s Mission Principle ...

UCA members join global march demanding action on climate change

Scores of UCA members and Synod staff joined an estimated 100,000 people to march in Melbourne as part of the Global Climate Strike on 20 September, demanding action against climate change.

Organisers School Strike 4 Climate said 300,000 people rallied nationally, calling on the federal government to commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions and 100 per cent ...

Bronwyn Pike to be new CEO of Uniting Vic.Tas

Bronwyn Pike will be the next CEO of Uniting Vic.Tas after stepping down as chair of the organisation.

The Uniting Vic.Tas Board announced that Ms Pike, who is a former long-serving Victorian Labor state MP and minister, will replace outgoing CEO Paul Linossier in October.

Interim Uniting Vic.Tas Board Chair Allan Thompson said Ms Pike’s deep and broad ...

Prof Allan Fels says Mental Heath Kit can reduce stigma

Churches can play a vital role combatting the stigma that still surrounds mental illness even among medical professionals, according to leading mental health public policy expert and advocate Professor Allan Fels.

Speaking at the launch of a Mental Health Kit for Uniting Church congregations, Prof Fels said the kit rightly highlighted the degree of stigma and discrimination that people ...

Scots student Luca Lamond leads the way in climate strike

It’s a big ask for someone in Year 12 to take time out from study during the most important year of their school lives, but Scots School Albury student Luca Lamond is doing just that because he believes there is much more than his personal future at stake.

The 18-year-old is an organiser of the School Strike 4 Climate in ...

UCA minister arrested at Adani coal mine blockade

Fairfield Uniting Church minister Rev Alex Sangster was one of six people arrested on 5 September at a blockade by religious environmental activists at the proposed Adani coal mine in Central Queensland.

Alex was one of three religious leaders arrested, along with three lay people, when they refused a “move on” order by police while holding a religious ritual of ...

Christians buying into the consumerist culture

Christians are little different to other Australians in viewing the good life to be more about wealth accumulation, experience, prestige and success than making a positive impact on their local community or the world at large.

A report exploring consumerism in Australia and its implications for society reveals less than a quarter of Christians reported that having an ...

Images of hope and yearning from a detention centre

By David Southwell

The most inspiring view of Melbourne is not to be seen from the observation deck of the Rialto Tower or any other tourist lookout, but from the confines of a small room in a detention centre.

It was there that Naser Moradi painted a Melbourne as fantastic as the City of Oz, where gleaming towers reached up ...

President invites UCA members to join Climate Strike

UCA National Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer is urging Church members to get involved in the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September.

“We are passionately committed to contributing our voice and action toward a world in which all people, creatures and the Earth can flourish,” Dr Palmer wrote in her call to action.

Even if they can’t take part ...