Prof Allan Fels says Mental Heath Kit can reduce stigma

Churches can play a vital role combatting the stigma that still surrounds mental illness even among medical professionals, according to leading mental health public policy expert and advocate Professor Allan Fels.

Speaking at the launch of a Mental Health Kit for Uniting Church congregations, Prof Fels said the kit rightly highlighted the degree of stigma and discrimination that people ...

Scots student Luca Lamond leads the way in climate strike

It’s a big ask for someone in Year 12 to take time out from study during the most important year of their school lives, but Scots School Albury student Luca Lamond is doing just that because he believes there is much more than his personal future at stake.

The 18-year-old is an organiser of the School Strike 4 Climate in ...

UCA minister arrested at Adani coal mine blockade

Fairfield Uniting Church minister Rev Alex Sangster was one of six people arrested on 5 September at a blockade by religious environmental activists at the proposed Adani coal mine in Central Queensland.

Alex was one of three religious leaders arrested, along with three lay people, when they refused a “move on” order by police while holding a religious ritual of ...

Christians buying into the consumerist culture

Christians are little different to other Australians in viewing the good life to be more about wealth accumulation, experience, prestige and success than making a positive impact on their local community or the world at large.

A report exploring consumerism in Australia and its implications for society reveals less than a quarter of Christians reported that having an ...

Images of hope and yearning from a detention centre

By David Southwell

The most inspiring view of Melbourne is not to be seen from the observation deck of the Rialto Tower or any other tourist lookout, but from the confines of a small room in a detention centre.

It was there that Naser Moradi painted a Melbourne as fantastic as the City of Oz, where gleaming towers reached up ...

President invites UCA members to join Climate Strike

UCA National Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer is urging Church members to get involved in the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September.

“We are passionately committed to contributing our voice and action toward a world in which all people, creatures and the Earth can flourish,” Dr Palmer wrote in her call to action.

Even if they can’t take part ...

John Cox Q&A – being safe church is everyone’s business

Rev John Cox is the inaugural Director of the UCA’s National Safe Church Unit, which is being launched on 23 August. He shares some thoughts on his new role.

What is the background to the National Safe Church Unit?

The Uniting Church took a proactive stance to engaging with the Royal Commission and the work of the national task group ...

UCA backs mandatory reporting laws for ministers

The Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania has spoken out in support of making it mandatory for ministers of religion to report child abuse.

A Bill currently before Victoria’s parliament will require minsters to tell authorities if they have a reasonable belief that child sex abuse has occurred.

“The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria ...

Manningham breaks new ground in securing future

With Manningham Uniting Church beginning the next phase of a bold plan to secure its future it was fitting some of the youngest congregation members were on hand to help.

Even Oliver, aged four, donned a yellow safety helmet and hi-vis vest as he pushed on one of the many shovel enthusiastically wielded by those attending the 2 August sod-turning ...

‘Food Olympics’ honour for PWMU Cookbook chronicle

A book which shines a spotlight on the PWMU Cookbook, along with other Australian community cookbooks, has been honoured at the prestigious international Gourmand Awards.

Tried, Tested and True by Liz Harfull won third prize in the food heritage category at the awards, which have been described as “the food culture equivalent of the Olympics”,  last week in Macau.

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Village UC takes positive steps to live out NAIDOC Week

Village Uniting Church minister Cameron McAdam has discovered the path of reconciliation doesn’t have to take you very far.

Inspired by a quote by a Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leader, Cameron and Village UC member Campbell Opie began researching how his congregation could engage with the First Peoples on the peninsula.

To their surprise, they found the Willum ...

Synod day four – recap

 

Today’s major order of business was to decide on the response to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation. Key points from the resolution included:

  • There was a range of faithful Christian responses to voluntary assisted dying.
  • Exploring, accessing and conscientiously objecting to voluntary assisted dying were all within the range of faithful Christian responses to the Victorian ...