Pizza, theology, and conversation

“Theological students always need more pizza and conversation. Well, I know I did,” Rohan Pryor, lay leadership educator at the Centre for Theology and Ministry (CTM) said.

Students of theology who enrol as private students often miss out on the conversations and support that students sponsored by a denomination appreciate in their formation program. CTM formation coordinator, Rev Dr ...

Rupanyup church building celebrates 100 years

A little more than a century ago, the foundation stone was laid for the new, brick Rupanyup Methodist Church.
The wooden church was moved back on the church block to become the Sunday school.

In April 1913, the Rupanyup Spectator reported that Mrs Ann Chapple was chosen by the minister to lay the foundation stone as her family ...

Henderson farewell

More than four decades in ministry came to an end in December last year when Rev Gregor Henderson (pictured) was farewelled at Canberra’s Wesley Uniting Church. Mr Henderson was general secretary of the Church’s National Assembly for 12 years from 1989 to 2000 and president from 2006 to 2009.

During that time he was instrumental in introducing a Ministerial ...

The danger of dismantling land rights

The First Australians considered themselves custodians of the land rather than owners of it. When British settlers arrived, this harmonious relationship was fundamentally disturbed. The notion of ‘land rights’ became necessary.

Now, centuries after colonisers violently acquired what was deemed unclaimed territory, and several decades since acknowledging Aboriginal land title, the government is proposing to lease Aboriginal land back.

But ...

Winning team

Seven educators from two Lentara UnitingCare kindergartens were recognised at the Hume City Council Teachers’ Scholarships in November.

The St Andrews Kindergarten Early Years Team; consisting of Kirsten Agius, Anne Crane, Angela Dance, Kathy Hansen, Lorraine Spencer, and Sally Hewitt-Tacey (pictured L-R); won the Early Years Educator category and received a $4,000 scholarship for professional development.

Amanda Walsh, an ...

Award music to Rod’s ears

Rev Rod Horsfield (pictured) is a great believer in the power of music and poetry to help people understand and express their faith in Christ.

Mr Horsfield served in congregations in Victoria and Tasmania and was moderator of the Victorian synod in the late ’80s. One of many passions pursued since retirement is writing poetry, as well as hymns with ...

15 years of listening

Late last year the Village Listening Lounge celebrated its 15th birthday. Situated on the first floor of Corio Village Shopping Centre it’s a place where anyone is welcome to drop in for a free coffee and chat.

Rev Peter Jewell explained that the idea for the lounge was born in May 1998. A member of the Corio Shopping Centre ...

Creating space for worship

Moving with the times is an essential part of church in the 21st century.

In a bid to connect with the wider community, Point Lonsdale Uniting Church is reinventing itself as Kirk’s Place – with community space, coffee, vintage sales, beauty and mindfulness installations.

Rev Kerrie Lingham said the new space would be staffed by friendly hosts who will sell ...

Divestment ends

A buoyant property market has enabled the Uniting Church Victoria-Tasmania Synod to conclude its divestment program with a limited impact on existing congregations.

The 29 properties sold late last year represented just over half of the 51 originally identified for divestment in October 2013. Most of the properties sold were vacant churches, halls and land, manses and tennis courts. The ...

Cheering on charity champions

SHARE hosted an afternoon tea at the synod office chapel in December to celebrate the ongoing work of the SHARE Ambassadors in championing SHARE’s programs and initiatives.

SHARE Ambassadors Jan and Peter Gilbertson (pictured) have a long-standing connection to the organisation. It began with the involvement of Mr Gilbertson’s father Jack, who was a former chairperson of SHARE.

“His ...