Moderator’s bushfire pastoral letter and prayers

Please find below an updated pastoral letter from the UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch.

Dear friends in Christ,

As the fires keep raging across the east and north east of Victoria and in other states, I invite us all to keep the people and communities of those regions in our minds, hearts and prayers.


Wesley Church enters new era of worship and witness

On 15 December, the historic Wesley Church in Melbourne’s CBD will welcome worshippers for the first time since early February – and for project transition officer Leonie Barber that really will be something to sing about.

The church and its associated manse, schoolhouse and caretaker’s cottage are being restored as part of the $200 million redevelopment of the ...

On the frontline of East Gippsland bushfire defence

By David Southwell

As fires continue to ravage the eastern states of Australia, the defence of life and property often falls to brave and dedicated volunteers.

Often such volunteers in rural areas are drawn from the pews of the local church and that is certainly the case in the East Gippsland town of Bairnsdale.

Retired UCA minister threatened with fake gun and carjacked

Retired UCA minister Rev Dr John Evans was attacked by a carjacker who threatened him with a replica gun before stealing his vehicle on Monday, 18 November.

John, 65, had finished an early morning game of golf and was trying to get his silver 2019 Subaru Impreza out of Old Poplar Rd in Parkville at about 8am when he was ...

Climate change catastrophes ‘demand action’

Name-calling and denial from our political leaders fails those suffering from the predictable effects of catastrophic global warming, a conference on the religious response to the climate emergency has heard.

Professor Lesley Hughes, of the Climate Council, told the inaugural Australian Religious Response to Climate Change conference that even conservative scientific predictions foresaw the likelihood of the unprecedented ...

Pilgrim students recognised at valedictory service

Pilgrim Theological College farewelled 44 students at a ceremonial service on 31 October.

Twenty one were able to attend the ceremony at the Centre for Theology and Ministry where they were recognised for completing, or almost completing, a variety of awards. Six were exiting candidates for ministry.

Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch was among the valedictorians, having ...

UnitingCare endorses Aged Care Royal Commission report

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as an important step towards combatting ageism and recognising the inherent value and potential of each individual.

After 10 months of gathering evidence, the Commission’s Interim Report found elderly people were being inexcusably let down and neglected by “a sad and ...

Korea celebrations kick off with Pilgrim visit

Members of the Presbyterian Church of Korea kicked off their 10-day tour of Australia with a visit to the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 4 October.

The group of about 30, which includes PCK’s Moderator and General Secretary, is in Australia to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the first Australian Mission to Korea.

Pilgrim Head of College Rev Dr ...

UCA submission on new religious discrimination laws

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Federal Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer said the Uniting Church supported the Government’s efforts to improve protections against religious discrimination for all people in Australia.

While the Uniting Church is supportive of much of the Draft Religious Discrimination Bill, it has ...

Resilient Women Project tackles religious prejudice

By Mikaela Turner

Prejudice comes in all shapes and sizes, none of them befitting the community which allows them oxygen.

It is something many people experience prejudice on a daily basis, be it racial, sexual, gender, ageist or even religious – and arguably none more so than Muslim women.

The experience for Muslim women is so dire and so ...

Moderator invites Lenten appeal project applications

By David Southwell

Victorian and Tasmanian UCA congregations and other ancillary groups who are doing the mission work of the church are invited to apply for next year’s Lenten Offering grants to support innovative projects.

Each Lent and Easter the Moderator asks UCA members in Victoria and Tasmania to give towards four mission projects that align with Synod’s Mission Principle ...

UCA members join global march demanding action on climate change

Scores of UCA members and Synod staff joined an estimated 100,000 people to march in Melbourne as part of the Global Climate Strike on 20 September, demanding action against climate change.

Organisers School Strike 4 Climate said 300,000 people rallied nationally, calling on the federal government to commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions and 100 per cent ...