Marketing Hot Air

The appearance this morning in Melbourne of a hot-air balloon resembling the statue of Christ the Redeemer from Rio de Janeiro, bearing the advertorial legend of Sportsbet, has been criticised for causing offence to the religious faithful.

Released as a marketing stunt to promote the betting company’s activities in advance of the upcoming World Cup games in Brazil, the appearance ...

Church questions the cost of ‘free’ speech

The Uniting Church in Australia has named racism as a sin in a strongly-worded submission to the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

The submission, prepared by UnitingJustice, called on the Federal Government to abandon its plans to repeal the provisions that offer protection against offence, insult and humiliation and refocus the definition of intimidation narrowly on ...

New festival in Queenscliff celebrates SacredEdges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SacredEdge festival at Queenscliff Uniting Church last month was a true example of placing those at the edges of society at the centre of the Church. The mood, both sacred and festive, instilled a genuine sense of warmth into the connections made ...

New Colleges for 2015 by University of Divinity

The University of Divinity (UD) has accepted two newly reconfigured colleges – the Pilgrim Theological College (PTC) and the Trinity College Theological School (TCTS) – into the university. PTC is an expanded program of the Uniting Church Theological College.
It follows a decision to close the United Faculty of Theology at the end of this year.

The UFT was ...

Budget cuts young and old

Advocacy and welfare groups have criticised the 2014 Federal Budget over wide-ranging cuts to welfare, education and support services.

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has urged the Federal Government to maintain the closest possible scrutiny on how Australia’s most vulnerable are affected by the tough changes in the Federal Budget.

“The Federal Budget lays out an extensive ...

Deterrence – art installation

Launched last month on the grounds of St Kilda Parish Mission, Deterrence is a confronting art installation constructed by Rev John Tansey. The life-size sculptures were made from 800 metres of barbed wire and depict a father, pregnant mother and baby child each hanging from their own crucifix.

Each cross is labelled with the sites of Australia’s most controversial ...

Lutes take over Lilydale

By Nigel Tapp

Lilydale Uniting Church, about 25 km from Launceston, was the centre of the lute universe in February.

Organised by lutenist Susan King, the 2014 LuteFest was headlined by eminent Swiss-based lutenist and early music pioneer Hopkinson (Hoppy) Smith and his wife Karin Paulsmeier, a world expert in early music notation.

Hoppy and Karin worked with lute ...

A rollicking band of pirates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One would think that pirates have little relevance in Uganda. After all, even though Lake Victoria, which forms part of the country’s border, may be large enough to see from space, it is really a puddle compared to the Caribbean Sea. Any ...

Biddulph returns

Steve Biddulph (pictured) – world-renowned family psychologist and the best-selling author of Secrets of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and now Raising Girls – will be a guest speaker at two events to be held by Frankston Uniting Church this month.

Mr Biddulph, now living in Launceston, is a member of the Uniting Church. He grew up ...

UnitingWorld welcomes Rob

The Uniting Church in Australia’s Assembly Standing Committee has approved Mr Rob Floyd’s appointment as UnitingWorld’s next national director. The national director provides strategic leadership for UnitingWorld’s two units – Relief and Development and Church Connections.

A life-long member of the Uniting Church, Mr Floyd (pictured) has worked for UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development Unit for eight years and has ...