Coping with COVID-19: Rev Beth Bear

In the third part of this ongoing series, we speak with Rev Beth Bear, chaplain at The Scots School, Albury.

How has your work been affected by the lockdown? 

For the past few weeks, our school has moved to online learning. The positive side is that there is still a community who spend most of their day engaged, it hasn’t ...

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Cameron McAdam

In the second part of this ongoing series, we speak with Rev Cameron McAdam who is minister at The Village Church, Mt Eliza, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

How is your part of the UCA or ministry being affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

As with all other UCA congregations, the Village Church can no longer meet for Sunday worship or other ...

President’s plea to look after those left in limbo

UCA National Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an assurance that people trapped in Australia without jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis receive adequate income and healthcare support.

In Thursday’s letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Palmer petitioned the government to help the more than 1.5 million people who are living in ...

New easy-to-read digital Crosslight

During this time of enforced separation and, in some cases, isolation, it is imperative we stay connected to our families, friends and church community every way we can (whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines).

We here at Crosslight remain committed to bringing you stories of faith in action, or challenged, and share inspiring perspectives on Christian life, the ...

Moderator’s pastoral letter on COVID-19 pandemic

Below is the text of UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch’s pastoral letter in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of Christ.

We are in unprecedented times and unchartered territory, as we are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Decisions about how to respond are being made in very short time-frames.  The rapidly ...

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 ...