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 ...

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey


PASTORAL STATEMENT

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.

The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.

We are in challenging times facing a range of disturbing issues all of which go to our common humanity ...

Are mission and ministry based on affordability?

Friday Forum

A few weeks ago I participated in the biennial South Sudanese National Conference in Melbourne.

The theme for the conference was ‘First Be Reconciled’ based on Mathew 5:23-24.

It was my privilege to share the weekend with my brothers and sisters from South Sudan. I listened to their stories of war and conflict, pain and suffering, ...

Birthday bash at Burwood Heights


Burwood Heights Uniting Church’s English conversations group reached a new milestone last month when it celebrated its fifth birthday.

ECOS (English Conversations for Overseas Students) was formed in 2012 to provide informal English practice for international students, working holiday travellers, new migrants and refugees.

Approximately 11 to 17 participants gather at Burwood Heights Uniting Church every Sunday ...

Congress shares with Canadian Indigenous leaders

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Tasmanian-based minister Rev Tim Matton-Johnson still recalls, with some emotion, witnessing a cleansing and healing service for indigenous Canadian children in Saskatchewan earlier this year.

The moving service – for those who died while in Canada’s residential school system – was a memorable moment of the three-week exchange with local Indigenous leaders organised ...