Christian women pay a call on Canberra

A delegation of ecumenical women leaders in Canberra have spoken out in support of female political representation and leadership while also urging MPs to increase foreign aid and end the offshore detention of children.

Representatives from the Baptist Church, Citipointe Church, The Grainery, Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Hillsong Church and The Salvation Army, met with federal MPs to advocate ...

UCA bodies welcome royal commission

Uniting AgeWell has joined with UnitingCare Australia and Aged and Community Services Australia in welcoming the federal government’s royal commission into the aged care sector.

This follows Monday night’s Four Corners report on the treatment of the elderly in residential care centres.

The investigation revealed widespread neglect, sub-standard food and overworked staff in aged care homes throughout ...

Students lead the way in fighting injustice

It was the students’ turn to set the agenda away from their normal teachers and textbooks at a schools’ justice day held earlier this month.

Over 90 year 9 and 10 students from six schools associated with the Uniting Church gathered at the Methodist Ladies College (MLC) on 4 September to take part in student-led workshops around the ...

Methodist memorabilia is a real spectacle


Appropriately enough for a collection that includes John Wesley’s spectacles, Queen’s College is asking for artefacts that will help see the early Methodists with fresh eyes.

Wesley’s glasses along with commemorative plates and cups, porcelain statues and original letters can be found in a dedicated room under the Queen’s College library in Parkville.

These artefacts, known as ‘Methodistica’, have ...

Crosslight wins gold at ARPA

Crosslight took home three awards at the 2018 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) conference in Brisbane.

The annual awards, presented on 7 September, recognise excellence in religious journalism and publishing in Australia and New Zealand.

Rev Swee-Ann Koh’s article on racism in the church was awarded gold for Best Opinion/Editorial, with the judges commending the piece for its ...

A safe church for all people


Almost 40 weeks have now passed since the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse handed its final report to the Australian government.

Commissioner Peter McClellan, his fellow Commissioners and staff have distilled the wisdom of their landmark five-year inquiry into 17 volumes. The learnings of the Royal Commission – the most ...

UCA supports landmark anti-slavery Bill

The Uniting Church has joined more than 30 faith-based organisations and businesses in support of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the signatories welcomed the Bill as a significant step in the fight against modern slavery, labelling it “a watershed moment for Australia”.

The International Labour Organisation estimates about 21 ...

Acting on child safety

If a child or young person told you they were being abused, would you know what to do?

National Child Protection Week, held from 2 to 7 September, is a reminder of how important it is to remain vigilant and informed about child safety.

The synod is committed to building a robust culture of child safety in all parts ...

Going the extra mile


When Eloise Wellings runs she often has much more on her mind than best times or even Olympic glory.

Not only is she an elite long-distance runner, representing Australia in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, she’s also a founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation, which helps northern Ugandans live empowered lives.

Eloise’s ...

Award for Archives

The dedication of Victorian Synod Archives volunteers has been recognised with an award from Museums Australia.

Synod records manager Graham Hawtin, synod archivist Dr Jenny Bars and volunteer Joan Hammonds were presented with the 2018 Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing at the awards night hosted by Melbourne Museum in late August.

Mr Hawtin ...