Di dalam palungan (Away in a manger)

The Nativity story was given a uniquely Indonesian makeover at Glen Waverley Uniting Church on the first Sunday of Advent.

During the special Indonesian Christmas Celebration Jesus’s birth was portrayed in a traditional Indonesian tableau by 40 professional dancers from the Ganda Marpaung Group.

The performers, who were a mix of Christians and Muslims, showcased costumes and choreography from different ...

UCA to observe Day of Mourning

THIS January, Uniting Church congregations across the country are being asked to hold worship services that reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples.

The observance of a “Day of Mourning” was endorsed by the 15th Assembly at the request of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Assembly covenanting consultant and former UCA ...

In tents focus on doing mission

THIS year Uniting Church camps hosted hundreds of people from schools, sporting clubs, craft groups, large family gatherings and other faith communities but they are always on the lookout for more visitors and will even help pay for them.

UC Camping (UCC) director Daniel Murray said the organisation offered financial assistance and tailored programs to appropriate groups but this was ...

Uniting Church supports North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room

The Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania and its community services organisation, Uniting Vic.Tas, today expressed disappointment at the announcement by Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy that he will close the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room if the Coalition win this weekend’s State election.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Paul Linossier said: “These centres save lives. They support some of the ...

Working as one to help refugees

Refugees, support workers and advocates met today at Synod offices to learn more about the daunting challenges facing displaced people but also to swap ideas, strategies and stories of hope.

Around 50 people attended the all-day Refugee Council of Australia Annual Consultation Workshop held at 130 Lt Collins St in central Melbourne.

Refugee Council Deputy Director of Policy and Research Rebecca ...

Ray’s 60 years of spreading the gospel

At the end of Glenroy Uniting Church’s Sunday service on 14 October worship team leader Ray Averill announced that this would be “hanging up his preaching boots” after more than 60 years as a lay preacher.

“At 88 years of age I look back on a wonderful journey,” Ray said.

At the service Ray’s Medal of the Order ...

Giving it all in the Pacific

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer didn’t shy away from the big issues of women’s equality, the devastating impact of changing climate and domestic violence during recent trips to Bali, Fiji and Vanuatu.

“It doesn’t matter where we live, we all face issues and we all have hopes for who we might become,” Deidre said.

“The experience of meeting with ...

PM’s Jerusalem plan ‘erases Palestinians’

Relocating Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem would be a “dangerous decision” that could destabilise peace in the Holy Land, a Palestinian Christian has warned.

Areej Masoud, who is visiting churches throughout Australia in October as part of a Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network speaking tour, said moving the embassy would have devastating consequences for the Palestinian people.

“For us Palestinians, ...

Habit forming

TIM LAM

A crucifix-wearing Catholic nun was the unlikely catalyst for reconnecting Amna Iqbal to her Islamic faith.

Before she moved to Melbourne, Amna grew up in the UK where she attended a Catholic school.

“A lot of my love for interfaith is because it is familiar to me – the hymns, the verses, the ...

Stepping up to run a business

DAVID SOUTHWELL

When Minerva couldn’t find a suitable source of protein to feed her baby she decided to invent one.

She came up with a spread based on legumes that has no added sugar, preservatives and is allergen-free.

It proved a hit with her daughter and, being a food technologist, Minerva saw market potential.

“I always ...

After the tsunami

UnitingWorld church partners have responded quickly to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi in late September, but donations are still needed to support recovery efforts.

More than 2000 people are confirmed dead, 5000 remain missing and an estimated 70,000 are homeless.

The disaster has taken a personal toll on UnitingWorld partners in Indonesia, with ...

‘Wonder women’ weaving together

JAMES O’CALLAGHAN

With more than 300 women from across Australia in attendance, UnitingWomen 2018 was an opportunity to weave stories of wisdom and wonder.

From the opening words of welcome to the closing communion service, the theme of sharing stories about the interweaving of faith and life ran through the third UnitingWomen conference in Brisbane at ...