Resources help healing in times of disaster

How do you support your community after a disaster? It is often necessary to gather in support of each other, remember what has been lost, and thank those who gave time and energy.

The practice of remembering community, with rituals of grief, can be a significant part of a healing process.

Andy Calder (eLM – Disability Inclusion Advocate), with ...

Deadly fight for rights in the Philippines

By Andrew Humphries

Melbourne Uniting Church minister Berlin Guerrero knows exactly what it means to put your life on the line for your beliefs.

In 2007, the then United Church of Christ in the Philippines pastor was abducted, tortured and imprisoned on a false murder charge for over a year because of his strong social justice advocacy.

And while ...

Help Philippines residents hit hard by typhoons

After the devastation caused by two typhoons in November, the people  of the Philippines desperately need support.

Typhoons Rolly/Goni and Vamco struck the country on November 1 and 11, causing widespread damage and destruction.

More than 1 million families were affected and 138,000 people sought refuge at evacuation centres.

As the country gets back on its feet, Act for ...

Message from the President

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Corinthians 1: 3-4)

This is a greeting that I have heard echoed by Uniting Church ...

Award honours Harry’s outstanding year

By Andrew Humphries

Tasmanian student Harry Birchmore’s outstanding leadership and compassion has been rewarded with a major prize.

The Scotch Oakburn College Year 10 student has been awarded the school’s Uniting Church Micah 6:8 Award.

The annual award recognises a student who has a focus on what is just and fair and shows neighbourly compassion, loyalty and love.

Director of ...

Award win tastes wonderful for volunteers

By Andrew Humphries

When COVID-19 made its presence felt in March, Rev (Deacon) Natalie Dixon-Monu knew major changes would be required if the Boroondara Community Outreach service was to continue its outstanding work providing aid to some of Melbourne’s most marginalised people.

Nine months later, co-ordinator Natalie and BCO’s dedicated team of volunteers can celebrate a job well done after ...

Hobart church service marks historic milestone

By Andrew Humphries

Hobart’s Wesley Uniting Church was the venue last Sunday as dignitaries, church leaders and faith community members celebrated a major milestone in Tasmania’s history.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Methodist mission in the state, and Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner and Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds were the guests of honour at a celebration ...

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Emergency Appeal

Uniting Vic.Tas has recently learnt that more than 160 refugees and asylum seekers are about to be released from community detention with nowhere to go, no job and little income support.

This situation has arisen because the Australian Government has recently begun granting a Final Departure Bridging Visa E (BVE) to some refugees and asylum seekers who were transferred to ...

NAIDOC Week 2020 reflection

Always was, Always will be

Always was
Always will be
The Lands I walk on
And the Lands that walk within me

To know the history of First Peoples
Is to know the importance of place,
To know what being on country is,
Is to know and feel the ...

Anniversary service for child sex abuse survivors

October 22 marks the second anniversary of the National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

The Church has recorded a service for those congregations and faith communities who wish to mark the anniversary.

Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer said the service and liturgy was part of the Uniting Church’s commitment to remember and acknowledge the harm done and ...

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 ...