Women of the Word

By Andrew Humphries

In Uniting Church faith communities right around the country this Sunday, women ministers will take centre stage as they spread the word of God, just as they have done since the church’s formation in 1977.

There is nothing unusual in that and, in fact, so widespread are female ministers in our church that we almost take them ...

Online Synod Meeting a winner

By Andrew Humphries

For Kathryn D’Alessandro, necessity really was the mother of invention when it came to organising February’s first ever online Synod Meeting.

Organising a “virtual” meeting, rather than one held in the normal face-to-face town hall setting, presented a huge challenge for the Synod Meeting project manager.

When the decision was made in August last year that ongoing ...

Risen Christ guides us


A reflection of the story of Easter Day – according to Mark.

It’s hard to hear the story of Easter Day freshly.  Some of us have heard it a hundred times before.  Maybe it’s so familiar, that we think we know exactly what happens and what it means for us?

We might mix together elements of the various ...

App offers new way of worship

By Andrew Humphries

In a constantly changing world, how, where and when we worship God also needs to be adapted.

With that in mind, a new app to be launched Australia-wide at the end of this month may prove to be one of this year’s best innovations.

The godsend app will have its national launch on March 27 and offers ...

synod 2021 day three recap

The major order of business on Synod 2021’s final day today was the announcement of the result of the Standing Committee ballot.

Following the ballot, Rev John Clarke, Rev Stan Clarke, Belinda Clear, Ron Gowland, Rev Berlin Guerrero and Cameron Shields were elected to the Standing Committee until Synod 2023 and Karen Eller until Synod 2022.

During the day’s first ...

synod 2021 day two recap

Rev David Fotheringham was today elected as the Synod’s next Moderator.

After three ballots – a technical glitch rendered the first ballot null and void – David’s appointment was eventually announced at 4.20pm on Day Two of Synod 2021.

David, who is Minister at High St UC, Frankston, said he was “overwhelmed, humbled and grateful for this expression of confidence ...

synod 2021 day one recap

Synod 2021, the first online meeting in Synod’s history, kicked off at 1.45pm with a welcome from Moderator Denise Liersch, acknowledging our First Peoples.

“We are many peoples from many lands, gathering together in this meeting from many places, on the lands of many First Peoples,” she said.

“To acknowledge country, is to speak words of respect; it is to ...

Focus is on assisting faith communities

We live in hope and expectation, despite challenging times. God’s Church always has a future, always has a role in joining God’s mission in the world – but the Church’s structures and responsibilities continue to adapt to changes and opportunities.

On the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the Uniting Church, the Synod of Tasmania merged with the Synod ...

For many, it’s a question of faith

By Stephen Acott

It’s 6.47am in sunny Samoa. The calendar says its September 29, 2009, but when the clock strikes 6.48am, Frank Rees won’t need a calendar to record this day. Mother nature will have that covered.

Frank, principal of Whitley College in Parkville, is in Samoa holidaying with his wife and daughter. At just 2800sqkm, Samoa is your ...

New year brings the hope of renewal

February 2021: the beginning of a new year. It’s a time when many people would be a few weeks in to keeping the New Year resolutions they made back in early January. Ordinarily, anyway. But I wonder if, this year, less people will have made some?

Under normal circumstances, many would already be discovering by early February that they ...

Synod meeting prepares to make history

By Andrew Humphries

As General Secretary Mark Lawrence prepares to preside over his fifth Synod meeting later this month, he acknowledges that circumstances mean it will be very different to a normal event.

Ongoing restrictions around COVID-19 mean the February 26-28 meeting will be held online, with those participating invited to attend various live-streaming events.

“Unprecedented” is a word ...

Moderator-elect candidates

David Fotheringham

High St UC, Frankston

How long have you been in the UCA?

I grew up in Adelaide, on Kaurna country. As a teenager, I joined a Uniting Church which had a tennis club that I was playing with, and I became very involved in the youth group there. When I moved away from Adelaide to study, I ...