Creating a garden of spiritual growth

A meditation garden designed and built with involvement from the Sophia’s Spring Uniting Church community will be the centrepiece of a spirituality hub in the inner-Melbourne environment park CERES.

Sophia’s Spring is an ecofeminist Christian community which grew out of Fitzroy Uniting Church.

The congregation has been meeting for Sunday services at the ...

Meredith an inspirational type

CAROLYN TATE

It is a devastating truth that people with disabilities are often judged by mainstream society before they’ve had a chance to share who they are and what they can contribute.

Their intelligence – and sometimes value – can be called into question in a way other people will never experience or understand.

This ...

Full set of beliefs

Ormond Uniting Church will devote October to exploring four of the world’s great faiths.

The north-east Melbourne congregation will spend four successive Sunday mornings delving into Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism.

Normal worship time will begin at 9.30am followed by a 10-minute talk from a representative of the faith tradition being examined. Music, readings, group discussion and ...

Q&A with Tai Alphred

We asked Murrumbeena Uniting Church’s family ministry coordinator Tai Alphred to tell us a bit about herself and ministry.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

My name is Tai (pronounced Tay) Alphred. I was born in the USA and grew up in California. I am married to a wonderful Australian ...

Island care

Hundreds of patients in remote islands of Vanuatu have consulted with visiting expert medical teams as a result of a partnership between Uniting Church congregations and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV).

In August, a PCV Health project team saw 1372 patients on the remote island of Malekula.

Six children were referred to the Rotary Oceania ...

An unexpected partnership

ELVA AVERILL

Inside Glenroy Uniting Church you will find a plaque and certificate recognising a unique partnership.

In July, Glenroy UC was presented with an award ‘For Commendable Service to the Nepalese Community’ from the Nepalese Association of Victoria. 

The growing interaction between the community and the congregation began when the church offered its hall to ...

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 ...