Spirited display

Approximately 40 people gathered in North Carlton last week to view images that varied from a miniature study of a leaf’s veins to a family of elephants.

The exhibition was put on as part of Cafechurch’s Spiritus Et Locus, an event which has been running for five years as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

“The idea is ...

Finding a deeper connection

“The leaf has a song in it. Inside the river there is an unfinishable story and you are somewhere in it.”

These words, from the poet Mary Oliver, inspired Cath James and Gordon Bannon from the Loddon Mallee presbytery to create a day of storytelling and workshops on art, poetry, dance, permaculture and gardening.

Cath and Gordon named the ...

Prayer for tsunami victims

Rev Dr Apwee Ting has offered the following prayer in Indonesian and English following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, particularly affecting the city of Palu and the nearby town on Donggala.

Prayer for Palu and Donggala

Tuhan empunya kehidupan,

tatkala bumi dan air bergerak dasyat,

mengambil kehidupan dan mereka yang kami cintai.


Two decades of listening

For 20 years the Listening Lounge in Corio Central Shopping Centre has welcomed people in to relax, meet friends, have a chat or a deep heart-to-heart.

Last month, about 35 people gathered to celebrate the two-decade anniversary.

Joining Listening Lounge members and volunteers for the party were representatives of Port Philip West Presbytery and other community organisations.

The ...

Machinery of death


A Melbourne pastor who was present at the executions of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran warns it is only a matter of time before another Australian faces the death penalty.

When Sukamaran’s last clemency plea was rejected, he chose Bayside Church pastor Christie Buckingham to be the official witness to ...

Finding goodness among the godless

Hospital chaplain Joe Sehee recently gave a talk to a warm-hearted group who meet on a Sunday morning, reflect on serious life issues, sing and share food.

They also have definite beliefs about God, specifically that there isn’t one.

Joe, who is a member of the Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV), addressed the Sunday Assembly, a self-proclaimed ...

Pioneering spirit still going strong

Wandin Seville Uniting Church’s big year of celebration has been a real family affair and that is set to continue.

Later this month, a special morning service will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Christian worship at Wandin, on the eastern fringes of Melbourne.

The service will be followed by an afternoon event called “Making ...

A sound response to climate change

Portarlington St Andrew’s Uniting Church is calling on the combined power of music and visual art to educate and inspire people about the threat of climate change.

On 28 October, the church in Geelong will host the Music for a Warming World multimedia concert from 2.30pm–4pm.

Lead performer Simon Kerr said the presentation was ...

Following the moral compass

The new Synod Ethics Committee has met to consider the Uniting Church’s response to voluntary assisted dying.

Last November, Victoria became the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying, with the law coming into effect in June next year.

The VicTas synod currently does not have a position on voluntary assisted dying. At ...

Eating for a song at Nobucks

For the past 11 years Nobucks has been offering a free lunch with no strings attached to anyone who comes into the Wesley Centre in Hobart but recently diners have been enjoying some musical accompaniment as well.

Nobucks coordinator and founder Suzanne Vincent said the program, which serves all-comers with a three-course lunch Mondays to Thursdays and ...

Recipe for endurance

In an age of celebrity chefs performing impossibly elaborate TV culinary feats and social media’s mania for purely photogenic food, the popularity of Australia’s longest continuously published cookbook demonstrates the basics of good home cookery never go out of fashion.

The PWMU Cookbook, now in its fifth edition, has been in print since 1904 and ...

Faith leaders stand with Aussie farmers

Victorian faith leaders have come together in a show of solidarity with drought-affected farmers on the International Day of Peace.

Representatives from Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i, Muslim and Buddhist communities prayed for rural communities impacted by the drought in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The day of prayer was organised by the Multifaith Advisory Group, a coalition ...