Machinery of death

TIM LAM

A Melbourne pastor who was present at the executions of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran warns it is only a matter of time before another Australian faces the death penalty.

When Sukamaran’s last clemency plea was rejected, he chose Bayside Church pastor Christie Buckingham to be the official witness to ...

Finding goodness among the godless

Hospital chaplain Joe Sehee recently gave a talk to a warm-hearted group who meet on a Sunday morning, reflect on serious life issues, sing and share food.

They also have definite beliefs about God, specifically that there isn’t one.

Joe, who is a member of the Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV), addressed the Sunday Assembly, a self-proclaimed ...

Pioneering spirit still going strong

Wandin Seville Uniting Church’s big year of celebration has been a real family affair and that is set to continue.

Later this month, a special morning service will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Christian worship at Wandin, on the eastern fringes of Melbourne.

The service will be followed by an afternoon event called “Making ...

A sound response to climate change

Portarlington St Andrew’s Uniting Church is calling on the combined power of music and visual art to educate and inspire people about the threat of climate change.

On 28 October, the church in Geelong will host the Music for a Warming World multimedia concert from 2.30pm–4pm.

Lead performer Simon Kerr said the presentation was ...

Following the moral compass

The new Synod Ethics Committee has met to consider the Uniting Church’s response to voluntary assisted dying.

Last November, Victoria became the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying, with the law coming into effect in June next year.

The VicTas synod currently does not have a position on voluntary assisted dying. At ...

Eating for a song at Nobucks

For the past 11 years Nobucks has been offering a free lunch with no strings attached to anyone who comes into the Wesley Centre in Hobart but recently diners have been enjoying some musical accompaniment as well.

Nobucks coordinator and founder Suzanne Vincent said the program, which serves all-comers with a three-course lunch Mondays to Thursdays and ...

Recipe for endurance

In an age of celebrity chefs performing impossibly elaborate TV culinary feats and social media’s mania for purely photogenic food, the popularity of Australia’s longest continuously published cookbook demonstrates the basics of good home cookery never go out of fashion.

The PWMU Cookbook, now in its fifth edition, has been in print since 1904 and ...

Faith leaders stand with Aussie farmers

Victorian faith leaders have come together in a show of solidarity with drought-affected farmers on the International Day of Peace.

Representatives from Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i, Muslim and Buddhist communities prayed for rural communities impacted by the drought in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The day of prayer was organised by the Multifaith Advisory Group, a coalition ...

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 ...