United through faith in the face of Islamophobia



















By Chip Henriss

Former Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ recent visit to Australia has once again stirred up the ugly face of xenophobia amongst certain elements of the Australian population. Driven by a near hysterical fear of what they term the “islamification” of ...

Charities unite for bushfire victims



















By Nigel Tapp

UnitingCare Tasmania has provided two buses to the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) in a partnership aimed at making it easier for Southern bushfire victims to access urgently needed goods and services as they begin the task of ...

V for victory












By Penny Mulvey

I raise my arms to the sky
On my knees I pray
I’m not afraid anymore
I will walk through that door
Walk, dance, rise
Walk, dance, rise

So begins the theme ...

This typical Australian outback landscape might be the last place people would expect to find a UCA school.  Yirramalay, Wesley Studio School in Western Australia’s Kimberleys , is a collaborative effort between Wesley College and the local Indigenous community. In this month’s centre spread, we speak to UCA school chaplains about education, social justice, faith and ministry.


Daniel sets up camp

With more than 30 years’ experience in outdoor education and small business, Daniel Murray brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his new position as Uniting Church Camping’s (UCC) General Manager-Business Development.

Appointed late last year, the former Merricks Lodge site manager is tasked with supporting the existing three businesses in the eastern region – Merricks Lodge, ...

AC gong to leading UC scholar

By Penny Mulvey

Former President of the Uniting Church, Rev Professor James Haire AM, has been awarded Australia’s highest honour, the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia in this year’s Honours List.

Prof Haire was awarded the AC ‘for eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of ...

Filipino Christians threatened

In March last year the Synod Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit requested Uniting Church members write to Filipino authorities following the murder of Jimmy Liguyon.

Jimmy Liguyon (right), a government official and United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) member, was murdered after refusing to sign papers allowing the increase of local mining operations.

His ...

“The Uniting Church for me is family”

Penny Mulvey spoke with Rev Prof James Haire (pictured) on the eve of the announcement of the Australia Day 2013 Honours’ List.

P: Professor Haire, congratulations on your award.

J: I am absolutely amazed. I received an AM some years ago and I thought that would be it. So was quite amazed when this came through, ...

Fire ravages Tasmania

By Nigel Tapp

Before the beginning of last month, not many people in Australia had heard of the tiny Southern Tasmanian town of Dunalley. Even fewer would have been able to find it on a map.

But over 24 hours on 4 January, most Australians had witnessed horrifying images of a ferocious fire storm which ripped ...

Seeking justice for all

By Nigel Tapp

University student Laura Sykes (pictured) says she simply wants to make a difference for the world’s poor. A lofty aim, but one the 20-year-old pursues every day with a zeal which would put most people to shame.

Laura is currently the State Director of VGen, World Vision’s ...

Introducing the new Gen Sec

Rev Dr Mark Lawrence might be new to the role of General Secretary of the Synod but he is definitely not new to the Uniting Church.

Mark has spent most of his professional life working in the church in a range of positions, the most recent as presbytery minister pastoral care in ...