Climate of urgency

With drought in the eastern states of Australia, record heatwaves across Europe and Asia and bushfires ravaging Greece and California, attention has shifted once again to the impact of global warming.

This year’s Uniting Earth national e-conference – held on 23 September – focuses on the theme ‘Hope in Action’ as ministers and activists explore community ...

Learning literacy from laptops

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is going digital with an innovative scheme to deliver one-on-one tutoring to Indigenous students, including those living in remote areas.

For 20 years the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation (ALF) has been devoted to improving reading and other academic skills of Indigenous children, primarily though providing tutoring programs and supplying books as well ...

Lessons from London in renewing church life

Rev Mat Harry – New & Renewing Communities Catalyst

Setting big goals, being decisive, valuing diversity and nurturing leaders are key aspects of creating and renewing churches, according to Anglican Bishop of Islington Ric Thorpe.

Bishop Ric, as we came to call him, oversees a strategy to revitalise 100 churches in London by 2020 and create more than 200 ...

Race to the bottom

Last night, Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, formerly of One Nation but now representing Katter’s Australian Party, used his first speech to the Australian Senate to lament the demise of “our predominantly European identity” of the 1950s and ’60s.

He proposed radical changes to Australia’s immigration program, including a “drastic” cut to the annual migrant intake and the resumption of ...

Tongan tonic for Lorne

Rev Sherryl Smith

It was a weekend to remember when Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church hosted six Tongan ministers and their partners late last month.

Lorne, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, is a haven nestled between the beach and the Otway forest.

Some might call it the quintessential ‘God’s Waiting Room’ with the Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church congregation mirroring the demographic ...

Mental health first aid and acting early

Early intervention is key to supporting congregation members experiencing mental illness, according to an accredited mental health first aid instructor.

Marcel Koper, director of Awareness Centre and former coordinator of the Bethel Centre, said at least one in five Australians experience depression or anxiety every year.

“Sometimes we think we’re a bit different from the rest of the ...

The real rewards of ethical investing

Young people are leading the way in demanding higher ethical standards from businesses, UCA Funds Management investors heard at the annual investor briefing.

In May, UCA Funds Management was certified as a B Corporation, a global accreditation recognising businesses that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Mindy Leow, Head of Community Building from ...

Orange is the new purple

Wesley College is known for its distinctive purple uniforms, but orange, blue and yellow have recently been seen all over the Elsternwick campus.

As part of their Religious Education and Ethics classes, Year 6 students have been exploring the Uniting Church’s consensus decision-making model whilst undertaking a unit on governance.

Students were taught how to use their coloured ...

Korea talks

The synod’s NextGen reflected on the importance of remembering history as they shared their experiences from their recent contextual learning trip to South Korea with Uniting Church congregations.

A group of young people from the synod last month spent 10 days in Korea to learn about the legacy of Australian missionaries and meet leaders from the Presbyterian Church of ...

Moderator and President-elect

Rev Sharon Hollis has stepped into the role of UCA president-elect, with a passionate plea for the church community to be the conduit of God’s grace, as it has been for her in the darkest times of her life.

Ms Hollis, the moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, was announced as the president-elect ...

Celebrating a campus centre of faith

Moderator Sharon Hollis joined UCA chaplains and representatives from a broad range of faith traditions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Monash University Religious Centre last week.

The Centre, a heritage-listed circular building on Monash’s Clayton campus, is the first such dedicated religious facility on an Australian university.

Monash Uniting Church minister Rev Ray McCluskey is a chaplain based at ...

Mastering the art of aged care cookery

While a certain reality TV cooking show named its winner on Tuesday night, the innovative training of master chefs in Uniting AgeWell kitchens was recognised in Melbourne last month.

Uniting AgeWell received an ACSA Victoria Aged Care Award for Innovation in Service or Design for the Masterclass 2017, which saw chefs from across the agency’s residential communities ...