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 ...

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Emergency Appeal

Uniting Vic.Tas has recently learnt that more than 160 refugees and asylum seekers are about to be released from community detention with nowhere to go, no job and little income support.

This situation has arisen because the Australian Government has recently begun granting a Final Departure Bridging Visa E (BVE) to some refugees and asylum seekers who were transferred to ...

NAIDOC Week 2020 reflection

Always was, Always will be

Always was
Always will be
The Lands I walk on
And the Lands that walk within me

To know the history of First Peoples
Is to know the importance of place,
To know what being on country is,
Is to know and feel the ...

Anniversary service for child sex abuse survivors

October 22 marks the second anniversary of the National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

The Church has recorded a service for those congregations and faith communities who wish to mark the anniversary.

Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer said the service and liturgy was part of the Uniting Church’s commitment to remember and acknowledge the harm done and ...

Road trauma memorial opens in Geelong

A memorial honouring those who have lost their lives or been injured on Victorian roads has been unveiled in Geelong.

The memorial, which sits on the Geelong waterfront, provides people a space for quiet reflection.

Synod’s Disability Inclusion Advocate Andy Calder, who served as project manager, had a personal connection to the cause, having been hit by a truck in ...

Twin bomb survivor’s remarkable and inspiring story

By Daryl Kee

Today is 75 years since the Anola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing more than 100,000 people. To give you an idea how big the blast was, yesterday’s explosion in Beirut was just one fifth in size.

Three days after the Hiroshima bomb, the United States dropped another on Nagasaki, leading ...

Youthful enthusiasm earns AOM honours

Josie Crisara and Neville Burrows share a devotion to bringing out the best in young people, and following the announcement of Queens Birthday Honours they also each have an Order or Australia Medal in recognition of their contributions.

Josie, who is principal of the Uniting Church-associated independent school Aitken College, believed the award was primarily in recognition of her nearly ...

June Crosslight is now available

The June edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital ”flipbook”.

The supersized 55-page special edition features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces that will either inspire you, give you reason to reflect or encourage you to take action. Among the many interesting articles are:

  • An overview of how COVID-19 has affected the ...

Disability Royal Commission pastoral letter

The Assembly has established a national Task Group to coordinate our Church’s response, requesting Synods to also establish Task Groups. The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Task Group includes representatives from congregations, Uniting VicTas, schools liaison and relevant Synod staff. It is chaired by Rev (Deacon) Dr Andy Calder.

The Task Group has been producing resources and information about how ...

Appeal raises record amount for people in crisis

The 2019 Food For Families appeal broke all records, with more than 1000 individuals, families, schools, workplaces, congregations and community organisations participating.

Collectively they donated 73 tonnes of food and other essential items to people facing crisis at Christmas.

To put that in perspective, a full-grown elephant weighs 6 tonnes – so that’s 12 elephants.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO ...