synod 2021 day two recap

Rev David Fotheringham was today elected as the Synod’s next Moderator.

After three ballots – a technical glitch rendered the first ballot null and void – David’s appointment was eventually announced at 4.20pm on Day Two of Synod 2021.

David, who is Minister at High St UC, Frankston, said he was “overwhelmed, humbled and grateful for this expression of confidence ...

synod 2021 day one recap

Synod 2021, the first online meeting in Synod’s history, kicked off at 1.45pm with a welcome from Moderator Denise Liersch, acknowledging our First Peoples.

“We are many peoples from many lands, gathering together in this meeting from many places, on the lands of many First Peoples,” she said.

“To acknowledge country, is to speak words of respect; it is to ...

Focus is on assisting faith communities

We live in hope and expectation, despite challenging times. God’s Church always has a future, always has a role in joining God’s mission in the world – but the Church’s structures and responsibilities continue to adapt to changes and opportunities.

On the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the Uniting Church, the Synod of Tasmania merged with the Synod ...

For many, it’s a question of faith

By Stephen Acott

It’s 6.47am in sunny Samoa. The calendar says its September 29, 2009, but when the clock strikes 6.48am, Frank Rees won’t need a calendar to record this day. Mother nature will have that covered.

Frank, principal of Whitley College in Parkville, is in Samoa holidaying with his wife and daughter. At just 2800sqkm, Samoa is your ...

New year brings the hope of renewal

February 2021: the beginning of a new year. It’s a time when many people would be a few weeks in to keeping the New Year resolutions they made back in early January. Ordinarily, anyway. But I wonder if, this year, less people will have made some?

Under normal circumstances, many would already be discovering by early February that they ...

Synod meeting prepares to make history

By Andrew Humphries

As General Secretary Mark Lawrence prepares to preside over his fifth Synod meeting later this month, he acknowledges that circumstances mean it will be very different to a normal event.

Ongoing restrictions around COVID-19 mean the February 26-28 meeting will be held online, with those participating invited to attend various live-streaming events.

“Unprecedented” is a word ...

Moderator-elect candidates

David Fotheringham

High St UC, Frankston

How long have you been in the UCA?

I grew up in Adelaide, on Kaurna country. As a teenager, I joined a Uniting Church which had a tennis club that I was playing with, and I became very involved in the youth group there. When I moved away from Adelaide to study, I ...

Why I am returning my AO honour

By Alistair Macrae

I have decided to join the ranks of Australia Day award recipients who are handing back their awards in response to the “upgrading” of Margaret Court’s Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) to the highest award of Companion (AC).

As an avid sports fan, I celebrated the awarding of an AO to Mrs Court, a ...

Award honours outstanding service

While he is pleased to have been recognised in this week’s Australia Day honours, Bairnsdale Uniting Church member John Butler is keen to stress that many people made the award possible.

John, 80, was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) on Tuesday for service to the Bairnsdale community through his tireless efforts with the church.

He served as Church Council ...

Resources help healing in times of disaster

How do you support your community after a disaster? It is often necessary to gather in support of each other, remember what has been lost, and thank those who gave time and energy.

The practice of remembering community, with rituals of grief, can be a significant part of a healing process.

Andy Calder (eLM – Disability Inclusion Advocate), with ...

Deadly fight for rights in the Philippines

By Andrew Humphries

Melbourne Uniting Church minister Berlin Guerrero knows exactly what it means to put your life on the line for your beliefs.

In 2007, the then United Church of Christ in the Philippines pastor was abducted, tortured and imprisoned on a false murder charge for over a year because of his strong social justice advocacy.

And while ...