Coronavirus – know the facts and stay calm

Taking calm and informed precautions is the best way to guard against coronavirus in Australia, rather than the panicked approach that has seen frantic shoppers strip supermarket shelves bare of toilet paper and other items.

This is the message being stressed by all health authorities, who point out there are no known transmissions of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, within ...

UCA President laments Closing the Gap failure

The President of the Uniting Church, Dr Deidre Palmer, has joined other church leaders in calling the Federal Government’s failure to meet its own goals on reducing First Peoples’ disadvantage “a serious humanitarian crisis”.

In delivering the annual Closing the Gap report, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Federal Parliament on 12 February that five of the seven targets to improve ...

Simple ways to take the burden out of worship

By Rose Broadstock

“Keeping this going is going to put me in an early grave!”

This disturbing comment recently came from a congregational member exhausted from continual responsibility for arranging or leading worship.

While there is amazing resilience and vitality in many small rural congregations in our presbytery, ...

Church rallies to help bushfire-devastated areas

Members of the Uniting Church in Australia continue to be actively involved in assisting communities ravaged by the current bushfires.

Our Synod has a number of ministers who have been specially trained as members of the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry and they have been busy supporting those in need almost from the moment the first fire materialised.

Synod ...

Moderator’s bushfire pastoral letter and prayers

Please find below an updated pastoral letter from the UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch.

Dear friends in Christ,

As the fires keep raging across the east and north east of Victoria and in other states, I invite us all to keep the people and communities of those regions in our minds, hearts and prayers.


Wesley Church enters new era of worship and witness

On 15 December, the historic Wesley Church in Melbourne’s CBD will welcome worshippers for the first time since early February – and for project transition officer Leonie Barber that really will be something to sing about.

The church and its associated manse, schoolhouse and caretaker’s cottage are being restored as part of the $200 million redevelopment of the ...

On the frontline of East Gippsland bushfire defence

By David Southwell

As fires continue to ravage the eastern states of Australia, the defence of life and property often falls to brave and dedicated volunteers.

Often such volunteers in rural areas are drawn from the pews of the local church and that is certainly the case in the East Gippsland town of Bairnsdale.

Retired UCA minister threatened with fake gun and carjacked

Retired UCA minister Rev Dr John Evans was attacked by a carjacker who threatened him with a replica gun before stealing his vehicle on Monday, 18 November.

John, 65, had finished an early morning game of golf and was trying to get his silver 2019 Subaru Impreza out of Old Poplar Rd in Parkville at about 8am when he was ...

Climate change catastrophes ‘demand action’

Name-calling and denial from our political leaders fails those suffering from the predictable effects of catastrophic global warming, a conference on the religious response to the climate emergency has heard.

Professor Lesley Hughes, of the Climate Council, told the inaugural Australian Religious Response to Climate Change conference that even conservative scientific predictions foresaw the likelihood of the unprecedented ...

Pilgrim students recognised at valedictory service

Pilgrim Theological College farewelled 44 students at a ceremonial service on 31 October.

Twenty one were able to attend the ceremony at the Centre for Theology and Ministry where they were recognised for completing, or almost completing, a variety of awards. Six were exiting candidates for ministry.

Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch was among the valedictorians, having ...

UnitingCare endorses Aged Care Royal Commission report

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as an important step towards combatting ageism and recognising the inherent value and potential of each individual.

After 10 months of gathering evidence, the Commission’s Interim Report found elderly people were being inexcusably let down and neglected by “a sad and ...