A spacious hope

The US-Australia refugee deal has commenced this week, with 22 men from Manus Island flying to the US to begin their new life. However, those not accepted in intake will remain in limbo on Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

In this short poem, Rev Gospel Ralte reflects on the resilience of refugees and asylum seekers searching ...

South Sudanese unite in joy and praise

More than 30 South Sudanese Uniting Church members from Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne were united in faith and a joyful love of God at their national gathering in Melbourne over the weekend (22-24 September).

“First be Reconciled” (Matt 5:23-24) was the theme for the third South Sudanese National Conference of the Uniting Church held at Hoppers Crossing Uniting ...

No claws for concern

They may not be your regular churchgoers, but dogs and cats stole the show at Chelsea Parish Uniting Church last Sunday.

Approximately nine dogs and three cats came together in a rare moment of unity at the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

Chelsea Parish minister Rev Claire Dawe said it was the third year in ...

Class warfare

Friday Forum


AS I prepare this review, the Coalition government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is entering its second week.

The Australian Christian Lobby, led by Lyle Shelton, is presently staging a ‘no’ campaign launch in Adelaide, the City of Churches.

A quick scan of my – or anyone else’s – social media feed is more than enough ...

Prayers for Mexico

Moderator Sharon Hollis has asked Uniting Church members to pray for people affected by the devastating earthquake in Mexico.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings and sparking fires across the capital and neighbouring towns.

It is the deadliest earthquake to hit the country in the past three decades, with more than 230 confirmed ...

Korea’s pain of having no route to reunification


The Korean War caused a deep wound to all Koreans. More than 10 million people were scattered all over the country and, since all means of communication were cut off, the war-dispersed families had no way to verify whereabouts of their missing relatives.

In 1983, a live TV program titled Finding Dispersed Families aired for 138 days in ...

Urgent call to halt persecution of Rohingyas

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has urged the Australian Government to take a lead in efforts to end the brutal violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

“The Australian Government must urgently work alongside the international community to halt what is justifiably being described as the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority by military forces,” Mr McMillan said.

Mr ...

The blessings of Sheryil

Jacqueline Vanderholt

Synod employee Jacqueline Vanderholt writes about her sister Sheryil who faces deportation from Australia.

Sheryil was born 28 July 1967; she was the fourth in the family of six kids. Mum and Dad were so brave to have two more kids after Sheryil.

Sheryil was a beautiful baby who never had any symptoms of ...

UCA demands action to stop ‘ethnic cleansing’

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has urged the Australian government to take a lead in ending the brutal violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

More than 410,000 Rohingya have been driven out of the country by military forces and into refugee camps at the Bangladeshi border.

The crackdown followed a series of ...