Bairnsdale hosts its family of firies

Earlier this month the members of Glenaladale CFA parked their trucks outside and wore their Sunday best “yellows” as they attended Bairnsdale Uniting Church to thank the congregation for “adopting them”.

Over the past two years the Bairnsdale congregation has donated a parcel of land in Glenaladale to the CFA, along with $1500 for equipment for their new ...

UCA adds voice to getting kids off Nauru

The Uniting Church has joined with over 100 secular and faith organisations to call for the release of refugee children on Nauru.

The #KidsOffNauru campaign calls for the 117 refugee children on Nauru to be brought to Australia by 20 November – Universal Children’s Day.

Uniting Church President Deidre Palmer urged new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to work across the ...

Robyn Whitaker named as top thinker

Uniting Church minister Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker has been named one of Australia’s top thinkers by The Conversation Australia.

For the second consecutive year, Dr Whitaker will be included in The Conversation Yearbook 2018: 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers.

The Conversation is an independent online news publication that sources stories from the academic and research community.

Since ...

School’s out for chaplains

SARAH LOCKWOOD

Chaplains from nine Uniting Church schools gathered at Cleveland Winery in Lancefield for their annual retreat in August.

The retreat was an opportunity for chaplains to slow down and connect with one another amidst the wind and rain of the Victorian Winter.

Brunswick Uniting Church member Julie Perrin opened the worship service and invited attendees to reflect ...

Bible history Down Under claims book prize

A book exploring the Bible’s impact on Australian culture has won this year’s 2018 SparkLit Australian Christian Book of the Year.

The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History charts the national story of the Bible throughout the past two centuries, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the Cronulla riots.

Written by historian Meredith Lake, the book argues ...

Listen up

TIM LAM

Justin Timberlake is no longer popular, but superhero movies are very much in fashion.

That’s the verdict from young Uniting Church’s members, who have shared their observations on what is ‘lit’ (trendy) or ‘quit’ (outdated) on a new weekly youth ministry podcast called Work Experience.

Host Bradon French, who is the Synod’s intergenerational ...

Creating a garden of spiritual growth

A meditation garden designed and built with involvement from the Sophia’s Spring Uniting Church community will be the centrepiece of a spirituality hub in the inner-Melbourne environment park CERES.

Sophia’s Spring is an ecofeminist Christian community which grew out of Fitzroy Uniting Church.

The congregation has been meeting for Sunday services at the ...

Meredith an inspirational type

CAROLYN TATE

It is a devastating truth that people with disabilities are often judged by mainstream society before they’ve had a chance to share who they are and what they can contribute.

Their intelligence – and sometimes value – can be called into question in a way other people will never experience or understand.

This ...

Full set of beliefs

Ormond Uniting Church will devote October to exploring four of the world’s great faiths.

The north-east Melbourne congregation will spend four successive Sunday mornings delving into Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism.

Normal worship time will begin at 9.30am followed by a 10-minute talk from a representative of the faith tradition being examined. Music, readings, group discussion and ...

Q&A with Tai Alphred

We asked Murrumbeena Uniting Church’s family ministry coordinator Tai Alphred to tell us a bit about herself and ministry.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

My name is Tai (pronounced Tay) Alphred. I was born in the USA and grew up in California. I am married to a wonderful Australian ...

Island care

Hundreds of patients in remote islands of Vanuatu have consulted with visiting expert medical teams as a result of a partnership between Uniting Church congregations and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV).

In August, a PCV Health project team saw 1372 patients on the remote island of Malekula.

Six children were referred to the Rotary Oceania ...

An unexpected partnership

ELVA AVERILL

Inside Glenroy Uniting Church you will find a plaque and certificate recognising a unique partnership.

In July, Glenroy UC was presented with an award ‘For Commendable Service to the Nepalese Community’ from the Nepalese Association of Victoria. 

The growing interaction between the community and the congregation began when the church offered its hall to ...