Synod meeting prepares to make history

By Andrew Humphries

As General Secretary Mark Lawrence prepares to preside over his fifth Synod meeting later this month, he acknowledges that circumstances mean it will be very different to a normal event.

Ongoing restrictions around COVID-19 mean the February 26-28 meeting will be held online, with those participating invited to attend various live-streaming events.

“Unprecedented” is a word ...

Moderator-elect candidates

David Fotheringham

High St UC, Frankston

How long have you been in the UCA?

I grew up in Adelaide, on Kaurna country. As a teenager, I joined a Uniting Church which had a tennis club that I was playing with, and I became very involved in the youth group there. When I moved away from Adelaide to study, I ...

Why I am returning my AO honour

By Alistair Macrae

I have decided to join the ranks of Australia Day award recipients who are handing back their awards in response to the “upgrading” of Margaret Court’s Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) to the highest award of Companion (AC).

As an avid sports fan, I celebrated the awarding of an AO to Mrs Court, a ...

Award honours outstanding service

While he is pleased to have been recognised in this week’s Australia Day honours, Bairnsdale Uniting Church member John Butler is keen to stress that many people made the award possible.

John, 80, was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) on Tuesday for service to the Bairnsdale community through his tireless efforts with the church.

He served as Church Council ...

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 ...