Hope shines in dark times

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you all in these times of change.

As a Church and in our wider communities, we’re all facing different challenges, and responding in different ways, with all the ups and downs that come along the way. That’s partly to do with where we are: in Tasmania, or metro Melbourne, or rural or regional Victoria, or in ...

Giving birth to blessings

By Jennie Gordon

We’re going to be grandparents in December, so I’m knitting, getting ready, doing what I can in the waiting time.

Before I was a minister, I was a midwife and had my own business for a while running childbirth education classes for expectant parents. I always thought that when my own children were having children, I’d be ...

Takes the world to raise a child

By John Evans

I have always appreciated the insight of the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”. A whole village, not just the teacher or the direct family of a child, have a responsibility to educate young people about life. It is for the sake of the child and for the village.

COVID-19 is forcing me ...

Life in the COVID-19 bubble

By Andrew Humphries

Eighteen months after it arrived in Australia, COVID-19 continues to turn our world upside down.

In Victoria, lockdown has become a way of life and home schooling has turned our children’s learning into distance education.

Thousands of jobs have disappeared, businesses have gone broke and the mental health toll continues to climb alarmingly.

We ...

Climate is right for change

We are at the close of The Season of Creation: a time in the Church year when we mark the wonder of God’s creation and our part in this whole world God so loves.

It begins each year on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation of the Orthodox Church, and now a gift to us all. The Season ...

Caring goes to a new level

By Andrew Humphries

Pastoral carers have stepped up in a big way as the emergence of COVID-19 in Victoria has had a major impact on their ability to provide ongoing support, according to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) consultant and educator, and long-standing Uniting Church member, Lynne Robertson.

Ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic have meant an obvious need to adopt ...

Let’s pull together on pandemic

After receiving her second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, Moderator Denise Liersch has encouraged Uniting Church members to roll up their sleeves to help protect their communities.

Denise says each of us can play a part to help ensure as many members of the community as possible are fully vaccinated, and to help find a pathway out of ongoing ...

Sharon takes up the challenge

By Rebecca Beisler

When Rev Sharon Hollis was named President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia, the world was a different place. It was pre-COVID-19.

Earlier this year, Sharon was installed as the next President, the third woman to hold the post, the first ordained woman and the first person, irrespective of gender, to take up the position in an ...

It’s a good habit to get into

By Andrew Humphries

It’s 11am on a Friday in early June and a group of Banyule Network of Uniting Churches members are meeting online as part of a regular weekly gathering.

It has become a favourite part of the week for them as they embrace a different type of worship and prayer.

In fact, group member David Campbell says he ...

All in the family for Laurenne

By Donald Moss

Laurenne Robertson admits to becoming quite emotional when she talks about what the Neil Street Uniting Church means to her.

That’s hardly surprising, given the fact that five generations of her family have worshipped at the historic church on Ballarat’s Soldiers Hill.

In fact, the site contains three distinct churches, making it, Laurenne believes, unique in Australia.

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It’s time to raise our ‘sites’

By Andrew Humphries

On November 11, 1880, bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol, reportedly uttering the phrase “such is life” as he met the noose.

Kelly’s death came just 46 years after pioneer Edward Henty had established Victoria’s first European settlement at Portland Bay, 360km west of Melbourne, in 1834.

Just 23 years after Henty’s deed, Wesley ...

Putting the ‘I’ in Uniting

More courage needed

By Andrew Corkill

I often wonder what is next for the Uniting Church? It seems to me that the Uniting Church is now getting middle-aged. Like me, the spark and fervour of youth are fading. Wrinkles are forming, and ruts that I once railed against are feeling like a pair of old slippers, comfortable.

The Uniting Church ...