Acting on child safety

If a child or young person told you they were being abused, would you know what to do?

National Child Protection Week, held from 2 to 7 September, is a reminder of how important it is to remain vigilant and informed about child safety.

The synod is committed to building a robust culture of child safety in all parts ...

Going the extra mile

CAROLYN TATE

When Eloise Wellings runs she often has much more on her mind than best times or even Olympic glory.

Not only is she an elite long-distance runner, representing Australia in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, she’s also a founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation, which helps northern Ugandans live empowered lives.

Eloise’s ...

Award for Archives

The dedication of Victorian Synod Archives volunteers has been recognised with an award from Museums Australia.

Synod records manager Graham Hawtin, synod archivist Dr Jenny Bars and volunteer Joan Hammonds were presented with the 2018 Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing at the awards night hosted by Melbourne Museum in late August.

Mr Hawtin ...

Bairnsdale hosts its family of firies

Earlier this month the members of Glenaladale CFA parked their trucks outside and wore their Sunday best “yellows” as they attended Bairnsdale Uniting Church to thank the congregation for “adopting them”.

Over the past two years the Bairnsdale congregation has donated a parcel of land in Glenaladale to the CFA, along with $1500 for equipment for their new ...

UCA adds voice to getting kids off Nauru

The Uniting Church has joined with over 100 secular and faith organisations to call for the release of refugee children on Nauru.

The #KidsOffNauru campaign calls for the 117 refugee children on Nauru to be brought to Australia by 20 November – Universal Children’s Day.

Uniting Church President Deidre Palmer urged new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to work across the ...

Robyn Whitaker named as top thinker

Uniting Church minister Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker has been named one of Australia’s top thinkers by The Conversation Australia.

For the second consecutive year, Dr Whitaker will be included in The Conversation Yearbook 2018: 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers.

The Conversation is an independent online news publication that sources stories from the academic and research community.

Since ...

School’s out for chaplains

SARAH LOCKWOOD

Chaplains from nine Uniting Church schools gathered at Cleveland Winery in Lancefield for their annual retreat in August.

The retreat was an opportunity for chaplains to slow down and connect with one another amidst the wind and rain of the Victorian Winter.

Brunswick Uniting Church member Julie Perrin opened the worship service and invited attendees to reflect ...

Bible history Down Under claims book prize

A book exploring the Bible’s impact on Australian culture has won this year’s 2018 SparkLit Australian Christian Book of the Year.

The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History charts the national story of the Bible throughout the past two centuries, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the Cronulla riots.

Written by historian Meredith Lake, the book argues ...

Listen up

TIM LAM

Justin Timberlake is no longer popular, but superhero movies are very much in fashion.

That’s the verdict from young Uniting Church’s members, who have shared their observations on what is ‘lit’ (trendy) or ‘quit’ (outdated) on a new weekly youth ministry podcast called Work Experience.

Host Bradon French, who is the Synod’s intergenerational ...

Creating a garden of spiritual growth

A meditation garden designed and built with involvement from the Sophia’s Spring Uniting Church community will be the centrepiece of a spirituality hub in the inner-Melbourne environment park CERES.

Sophia’s Spring is an ecofeminist Christian community which grew out of Fitzroy Uniting Church.

The congregation has been meeting for Sunday services at the ...

Meredith an inspirational type

CAROLYN TATE

It is a devastating truth that people with disabilities are often judged by mainstream society before they’ve had a chance to share who they are and what they can contribute.

Their intelligence – and sometimes value – can be called into question in a way other people will never experience or understand.

This ...