Does religion do more harm than good?



According to an Ipsos poll, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, 63 per cent of Australians agreed with the statement that ‘religion does more harm than good’. The survey was run in 23 countries and only one country had a higher proportion of people who agreed with the statement: Belgium. Opinions were ...

Australia’s refugee policies ‘a bad example to Asia’

A leading human rights lawyer from Hong Kong has warned that Australia’s treatment of refugees could set a dangerous precedent for other nations in the Asian region.

Patricia Ho has been involved in a number of high profile cases defending the rights of asylum seekers, human trafficking victims, sex workers and other minority groups.

She is currently in ...

Protestors call for Victoria to take refugees

Refugee advocates have called on the Victorian state government to defy the federal government and bring the refugees from Manus Island to Victoria.

A coalition of refugee supporters occupied the intersection outside the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday morning to stand in solidarity with the men on Manus Island.

A cellist sat in the middle of the Bourke and ...

Muslim women stand strong in face of abuse

Muslim women were encouraged to share stories of resilience with the wider community at a forum organised by Uniting through Faiths last Friday.

More than 75 people, including Uniting Church minsters, Uniting Connections social workers, community organisation representatives and Muslim high school students attended the Resilient Women in Casey forum.

April Robinson from the synod’s Uniting through ...

Ted’s 100th celebrated

The grand old man of Penguin Uniting Church, Ted Howe, was the guest of honour at a special morning tea at the church on Sunday 22 October to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Mr Howe has worshipped at the church, on Tasmania’s North-West Coast, for almost 80 years after moving from Mole Creek to work on a local farm. He was ...

War trauma and the art of healing


When Coming Home art exhibition organiser Gordon Traill returned to Australia from Iraq, he was unaware that he was yet to suffer the real toll of six months spent in an urban warzone.

“When I came back I thought everything’s fine, of course,” Mr Traill said.

“There’s nothing wrong with me.”

Mr ...

Prophetic voice in Zimbabwe


Speaking up against oppression and injustice is not optional for a Christian, the head of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe says.

“You cannot say you are preaching the Gospel if social justice is not part of your work,” Presiding Bishop Solomon Zwana said while in Melbourne last month.

Dr Zwana led a ...

UCA child sex abuse figures revised

THE Royal Commission has revealed a greatly reduced reported number of allegations of child sexual abuse within the Uniting Church than was indicated by previously released data.

At the request of the commission, the six Uniting Church synods have analysed and reclassified data to come to a tally of 430 allegations made since union in 1977. This compares to ...

First principles of art

Following Christ, walking together as First and Second Peoples, seeking community, compassion and justice for all creation” – is the inspiration behind the latest project at Congress Tasmania’s Leprena community centre.

The art exhibition featuring the work of 10 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists –Telling story with our takila (heart) – was launched in Hobart during ...

Christmas Bowl is ‘part of our DNA’


The Christmas Bowl is the Christmas appeal of Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

It began on Christmas Day in 1949 when Rev Frank Byatt of Victoria brought an empty bowl to the dinner table and asked his guests to give a gift to bring relief ...