Easter Sunday still blooming marvellous

Each year during Easter Sunday service, the congregation at Penguin Uniting Church, Tasmania, constructs a flower-laden cross which is later displayed outside the church.

Visiting the cross has become part of the local community’s Easter ritual but, this year, the restrictions imposed on in-church worship meant it would most likely be missing.

But Lynn Templar, church council chairperson, was determined ...

Moderator shares an Easter reflection

Moderator Rev Denise Liersch reminds us to look to Jesus for a way forward during this time of seismic upheaval.

“Jesus put aside conventions to simply be there for people – with them, alongside them,” she says.

“When we’re in a place of deepest suffering, it’s almost impossible to imagine that we could ever really live again, but the story ...

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Beth Bear

In the third part of this ongoing series, we speak with Rev Beth Bear, chaplain at The Scots School, Albury.

How has your work been affected by the lockdown? 

For the past few weeks, our school has moved to online learning. The positive side is that there is still a community who spend most of their day engaged, it hasn’t ...

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Cameron McAdam

In the second part of this ongoing series, we speak with Rev Cameron McAdam who is minister at The Village Church, Mt Eliza, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

How is your part of the UCA or ministry being affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

As with all other UCA congregations, the Village Church can no longer meet for Sunday worship or other ...

President’s plea to look after those left in limbo

UCA National Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an assurance that people trapped in Australia without jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis receive adequate income and healthcare support.

In Thursday’s letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Palmer petitioned the government to help the more than 1.5 million people who are living in ...

New easy-to-read digital Crosslight

During this time of enforced separation and, in some cases, isolation, it is imperative we stay connected to our families, friends and church community every way we can (whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines).

We here at Crosslight remain committed to bringing you stories of faith in action, or challenged, and share inspiring perspectives on Christian life, the ...

Moderator’s pastoral letter on COVID-19 pandemic

Below is the text of UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch’s pastoral letter in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of Christ.

We are in unprecedented times and unchartered territory, as we are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Decisions about how to respond are being made in very short time-frames.  The rapidly ...

Coronavirus – know the facts and stay calm

Taking calm and informed precautions is the best way to guard against coronavirus in Australia, rather than the panicked approach that has seen frantic shoppers strip supermarket shelves bare of toilet paper and other items.

This is the message being stressed by all health authorities, who point out there are no known transmissions of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, within ...

UCA President laments Closing the Gap failure

The President of the Uniting Church, Dr Deidre Palmer, has joined other church leaders in calling the Federal Government’s failure to meet its own goals on reducing First Peoples’ disadvantage “a serious humanitarian crisis”.

In delivering the annual Closing the Gap report, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Federal Parliament on 12 February that five of the seven targets to improve ...

Simple ways to take the burden out of worship

By Rose Broadstock

“Keeping this going is going to put me in an early grave!”

This disturbing comment recently came from a congregational member exhausted from continual responsibility for arranging or leading worship.

While there is amazing resilience and vitality in many small rural congregations in our presbytery, ...

Church rallies to help bushfire-devastated areas

Members of the Uniting Church in Australia continue to be actively involved in assisting communities ravaged by the current bushfires.

Our Synod has a number of ministers who have been specially trained as members of the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry and they have been busy supporting those in need almost from the moment the first fire materialised.

Synod ...