Depth of perception in Vision

A series of studies being released next month will invite people to explore how they can apply Synod’s Vision Statement to their own lives and faith community.

Strategic framework minister Rev David Withers has compiled and edited the six stand-alone studies intended for use by small groups.

They can be studied in or out of ...

Donation laws threaten to reach inside church walls

Church groups fear proposed new laws will designate congregational sermons and conversations as political while strictly regulating how they can be funded under the threat of jail terms.

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill are part of a package of legislation introduced to federal parliament. The legislation is ...

Celebrating 60 years of preaching

One of Dorothy Gordon’s earliest memories as a lay preacher was the night the Russians launched the Sputnik satellite into space.

“There was a very small congregation that night. There weren’t many of us there because they were all looking at Sputnik,” Dorothy recalled.

Dorothy’s journey to become a lay preacher began more than 60 years ago when ...

Is the Bible poorly written?

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A recent article suggesting that the Bible is poorly written has been removed from Salon.com, following a reader backlash.

The article, which focuses on the Bible’s structure, argues that its ancient texts were poorly written and did not fit together as a cohesive whole.

On the same day that Salon.com published ...

Church says no to discrimination

The Uniting Church has affirmed its opposition to all forms of discrimination at a federal government hearing on religious freedom.

On Wednesday, UnitingCare Australia national director Claerwen Little participated in an expert panel review into Australia’s religious freedom laws.

The panel asked representatives from faith-based agencies how changes to the Marriage Act might impact the way they perform ...

God at work

Book | At Work with John’s Gospel | John Bottomley

Review by Tim Lam

In At Work with John’s Gospel, Rev John Bottomley has compiled five bible studies that explore the way God impacts our daily work.

Bottomley is a member of the Creative Ministers Network congregation, which gather bi-monthly in members’ homes or at weekend retreats and ...

UnitingWorld launches cyclone appeal

UnitingWorld has launched an appeal to support communities in Tonga affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

The category-four cyclone lashed the Pacific nation overnight, ripping roofs from houses and causing widespread flooding.

It is the worst storm to hit the country in 60 years, with winds exceeding 230km/h.

The parliament building in Tonga has been completely flattened and ...

A moment of healing – 10th anniversary of the Apology

First and Second Peoples in the Uniting Church have marked the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by calling for urgent action on sovereignty, treaty and Indigenous education.

President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev Garry Dronfield said the Apology shows that Australia can address past and present injustices.

“This was a ...

Getting creative for Lent

The season of Lent is just around the corner, with Ash Wednesday (14 February) marking the start of 40 days of abstinence and reflection.

Lent contains some of the most significant events on the Christian calendar. Many congregations will see an increase in children and families at services during this period.

The VicTas, South Australian and NSW/ACT synods ...

#MeToo and the standard of the Lord

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The following is an edited version of sermon given by Avril Hannah-Jones to Williamstown Uniting Church on Sunday 14 January.

In 2006, an American civil rights activist, Tarana Burke, started the ‘Me Too’ movement.

In 1997 she had met a young girl named Heaven in Alabama. Heaven told Tarana ...