On the frontline of East Gippsland bushfire defence

By David Southwell

As fires continue to ravage the eastern states of Australia, the defence of life and property often falls to brave and dedicated volunteers.

Often such volunteers in rural areas are drawn from the pews of the local church and that is certainly the case in the East Gippsland town of Bairnsdale.

Retired UCA minister threatened with fake gun and carjacked

Retired UCA minister Rev Dr John Evans was attacked by a carjacker who threatened him with a replica gun before stealing his vehicle on Monday, 18 November.

John, 65, had finished an early morning game of golf and was trying to get his silver 2019 Subaru Impreza out of Old Poplar Rd in Parkville at about 8am when he was ...

Climate change catastrophes ‘demand action’

Name-calling and denial from our political leaders fails those suffering from the predictable effects of catastrophic global warming, a conference on the religious response to the climate emergency has heard.

Professor Lesley Hughes, of the Climate Council, told the inaugural Australian Religious Response to Climate Change conference that even conservative scientific predictions foresaw the likelihood of the unprecedented ...

Pilgrim students recognised at valedictory service

Pilgrim Theological College farewelled 44 students at a ceremonial service on 31 October.

Twenty one were able to attend the ceremony at the Centre for Theology and Ministry where they were recognised for completing, or almost completing, a variety of awards. Six were exiting candidates for ministry.

Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch was among the valedictorians, having ...

UnitingCare endorses Aged Care Royal Commission report

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as an important step towards combatting ageism and recognising the inherent value and potential of each individual.

After 10 months of gathering evidence, the Commission’s Interim Report found elderly people were being inexcusably let down and neglected by “a sad and ...

Korea celebrations kick off with Pilgrim visit

Members of the Presbyterian Church of Korea kicked off their 10-day tour of Australia with a visit to the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 4 October.

The group of about 30, which includes PCK’s Moderator and General Secretary, is in Australia to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the first Australian Mission to Korea.

Pilgrim Head of College Rev Dr ...

UCA submission on new religious discrimination laws

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has made a submission to the Federal Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer said the Uniting Church supported the Government’s efforts to improve protections against religious discrimination for all people in Australia.

While the Uniting Church is supportive of much of the Draft Religious Discrimination Bill, it has ...

Resilient Women Project tackles religious prejudice

By Mikaela Turner

Prejudice comes in all shapes and sizes, none of them befitting the community which allows them oxygen.

It is something many people experience prejudice on a daily basis, be it racial, sexual, gender, ageist or even religious – and arguably none more so than Muslim women.

The experience for Muslim women is so dire and so ...

Moderator invites Lenten appeal project applications

By David Southwell

Victorian and Tasmanian UCA congregations and other ancillary groups who are doing the mission work of the church are invited to apply for next year’s Lenten Offering grants to support innovative projects.

Each Lent and Easter the Moderator asks UCA members in Victoria and Tasmania to give towards four mission projects that align with Synod’s Mission Principle ...

UCA members join global march demanding action on climate change

Scores of UCA members and Synod staff joined an estimated 100,000 people to march in Melbourne as part of the Global Climate Strike on 20 September, demanding action against climate change.

Organisers School Strike 4 Climate said 300,000 people rallied nationally, calling on the federal government to commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions and 100 per cent ...

Bronwyn Pike to be new CEO of Uniting Vic.Tas

Bronwyn Pike will be the next CEO of Uniting Vic.Tas after stepping down as chair of the organisation.

The Uniting Vic.Tas Board announced that Ms Pike, who is a former long-serving Victorian Labor state MP and minister, will replace outgoing CEO Paul Linossier in October.

Interim Uniting Vic.Tas Board Chair Allan Thompson said Ms Pike’s deep and broad ...

Prof Allan Fels says Mental Heath Kit can reduce stigma

Churches can play a vital role combatting the stigma that still surrounds mental illness even among medical professionals, according to leading mental health public policy expert and advocate Professor Allan Fels.

Speaking at the launch of a Mental Health Kit for Uniting Church congregations, Prof Fels said the kit rightly highlighted the degree of stigma and discrimination that people ...