Methodist memorabilia is a real spectacle


Appropriately enough for a collection that includes John Wesley’s spectacles, Queen’s College is asking for artefacts that will help see the early Methodists with fresh eyes.

Wesley’s glasses along with commemorative plates and cups, porcelain statues and original letters can be found in a dedicated room under the Queen’s College library in Parkville.

These artefacts, known as ‘Methodistica’, have ...

Crosslight wins gold at ARPA

Crosslight took home three awards at the 2018 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) conference in Brisbane.

The annual awards, presented on 7 September, recognise excellence in religious journalism and publishing in Australia and New Zealand.

Rev Swee-Ann Koh’s article on racism in the church was awarded gold for Best Opinion/Editorial, with the judges commending the piece for its ...

A safe church for all people


Almost 40 weeks have now passed since the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse handed its final report to the Australian government.

Commissioner Peter McClellan, his fellow Commissioners and staff have distilled the wisdom of their landmark five-year inquiry into 17 volumes. The learnings of the Royal Commission – the most ...

UCA supports landmark anti-slavery Bill

The Uniting Church has joined more than 30 faith-based organisations and businesses in support of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the signatories welcomed the Bill as a significant step in the fight against modern slavery, labelling it “a watershed moment for Australia”.

The International Labour Organisation estimates about 21 ...

Acting on child safety

If a child or young person told you they were being abused, would you know what to do?

National Child Protection Week, held from 2 to 7 September, is a reminder of how important it is to remain vigilant and informed about child safety.

The synod is committed to building a robust culture of child safety in all parts ...

Going the extra mile


When Eloise Wellings runs she often has much more on her mind than best times or even Olympic glory.

Not only is she an elite long-distance runner, representing Australia in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, she’s also a founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation, which helps northern Ugandans live empowered lives.

Eloise’s ...

Award for Archives

The dedication of Victorian Synod Archives volunteers has been recognised with an award from Museums Australia.

Synod records manager Graham Hawtin, synod archivist Dr Jenny Bars and volunteer Joan Hammonds were presented with the 2018 Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing at the awards night hosted by Melbourne Museum in late August.

Mr Hawtin ...

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


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 ...