Presence of mine pays off

By Andrew Humphries

Over a decade ago, Swedish developer Markus Persson created what has become the best-selling video game of all time.

His creation, Minecraft, has sold over 238 million copies and has nearly 140 million monthly active users.

Among them are members of the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches, thanks to an idea hatched in part by Minister Rev ...

Food project feeds hope

By Andrew Humphries

Former Tasmanian Uniting Church Presbytery Minister Anthea Maynard’s own life-changing event has been the impetus for her involvement in a project that benefits millions of the world’s poorest people.

Five years ago, after 12 months of treatment, Anthea was given the all-clear in a battle with cancer.

The successful outcome meant that Anthea took stock of her ...

Focus on heads and tales

By Andrew Humphries

In the modern fast-paced world of 24-hour news cycles, opinion shaped by social media, and seemingly endless confrontation between one group or another, just getting through another exhausting day sometimes seems enough of a challenge for us.

But what if, for some people, there was an extra layer to that challenge?

For many people, their disability, race, ...

Sylvia relishes new role

By Andrew Humphries

When Rev Sylvia ‘Akau’ola Tongotongo talks about the importance of multiculturalism and developing an intercultural framework within the Uniting Church, she is speaking from real experience.

In fact, like the song made popular in the 1960s by Australian singer Lucky Starr, Sylvia has indeed “been everywhere, man” and experienced much along the way.

Born in Tonga, Sylvia ...

Kaniva hand? Of course you can

By Damien Tann

You must be pleased the lockdown has lifted, eh?”

“Well, it hasn’t really, not for us. If anything, it’s made it harder for us because South Australia is really clamping down against tourists from Melbourne.”

Such is life in a border town, although not in Bordertown, which might have made things a bit easier  for us all.

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Indigenous link honoured

By Andrew Humphries

The focus has been on indigenous issues at the Centre for Theology and Ministry this week, with three important events happening in the space of 24 hours.

Earlier today, a special ceremony was held to mark the renaming of rooms and spaces at CTM, including the main teaching rooms and the Wyselaskie Auditorium.

The ceremony provides the ...

Man for all seasons

By Andrew Humphries

Six-thousand kilometres separate Kiribati in the Pacific Islands and Ulverstone in Tasmania, but one man is doing his bit to bring residents from both countries together.

As the Synod’s Community Connections Worker in Tasmania, employed through the Justice and International Mission Cluster, Taua Ritiata plays a vital role in helping seasonal workers like those from his home ...

History’s page opens up

By Andrew Humphries

When Ballarat woman Pippa Lidgett uncovered a rare and historic book belonging to her father Bill last year, she knew there was only one place it could be properly looked after.

The book, published in 1634, is now housed at the Dalton McCaughey Library at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville, under the watchful eye ...

Putting unity in community

By Andrew Humphries

It’s 10am on a beautiful Melbourne day in late November and Boroondara Community Outreach in Kew is a hive of activity.

Volunteers are busy in the kitchen cooking meals for distribution, in another room boxes of produce are being sorted into bags for delivery to needy families and individuals while, elsewhere, loaves of donated bread are being ...

Synod 2022 shapes future

By Andrew Humphries

As the countdown begins to Synod 2022, Uniting Church members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are being invited to play a major role at the event.

Moderator-elect Rev David Fotheringham says the Church’s CALD members have much to contribute as the meeting discusses ways the Church can plan for the future.

David says one of the ...

Reflections on blessing

By Denise Liersch

“Blessed are you who are poor.  Blessed are you who are hungry, who mourn, who are excluded.”

Here we are at the beginning of a new year, where we think about the past year, and express our hopes for the year to come.  A message I’ve heard a lot is, “let’s hope for a better year in ...

Honours flow for members

By Andrew Humphries

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike’s outstanding contribution to the community in a number of fields has been recognised with Australia Day honours.

Bronwyn was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s honours list for her “significant service to social welfare and not-for-profit organisations, and to the Parliament of Victoria”.

She has been Uniting ...