Refugee and Asylum Seeker Emergency Appeal

Uniting Vic.Tas has recently learnt that more than 160 refugees and asylum seekers are about to be released from community detention with nowhere to go, no job and little income support.

This situation has arisen because the Australian Government has recently begun granting a Final Departure Bridging Visa E (BVE) to some refugees and asylum seekers who were transferred to ...

NAIDOC Week 2020 reflection

Always was, Always will be

Always was
Always will be
The Lands I walk on
And the Lands that walk within me

To know the history of First Peoples
Is to know the importance of place,
To know what being on country is,
Is to know and feel the ...

Anniversary service for child sex abuse survivors

October 22 marks the second anniversary of the National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

The Church has recorded a service for those congregations and faith communities who wish to mark the anniversary.

Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer said the service and liturgy was part of the Uniting Church’s commitment to remember and acknowledge the harm done and ...

Road trauma memorial opens in Geelong

A memorial honouring those who have lost their lives or been injured on Victorian roads has been unveiled in Geelong.

The memorial, which sits on the Geelong waterfront, provides people a space for quiet reflection.

Synod’s Disability Inclusion Advocate Andy Calder, who served as project manager, had a personal connection to the cause, having been hit by a truck in ...

Twin bomb survivor’s remarkable and inspiring story

By Daryl Kee

Today is 75 years since the Anola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing more than 100,000 people. To give you an idea how big the blast was, yesterday’s explosion in Beirut was just one fifth in size.

Three days after the Hiroshima bomb, the United States dropped another on Nagasaki, leading ...

Youthful enthusiasm earns AOM honours

Josie Crisara and Neville Burrows share a devotion to bringing out the best in young people, and following the announcement of Queens Birthday Honours they also each have an Order or Australia Medal in recognition of their contributions.

Josie, who is principal of the Uniting Church-associated independent school Aitken College, believed the award was primarily in recognition of her nearly ...

June Crosslight is now available

The June edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital ”flipbook”.

The supersized 55-page special edition features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces that will either inspire you, give you reason to reflect or encourage you to take action. Among the many interesting articles are:

  • An overview of how COVID-19 has affected the ...

Disability Royal Commission pastoral letter

The Assembly has established a national Task Group to coordinate our Church’s response, requesting Synods to also establish Task Groups. The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Task Group includes representatives from congregations, Uniting VicTas, schools liaison and relevant Synod staff. It is chaired by Rev (Deacon) Dr Andy Calder.

The Task Group has been producing resources and information about how ...

Appeal raises record amount for people in crisis

The 2019 Food For Families appeal broke all records, with more than 1000 individuals, families, schools, workplaces, congregations and community organisations participating.

Collectively they donated 73 tonnes of food and other essential items to people facing crisis at Christmas.

To put that in perspective, a full-grown elephant weighs 6 tonnes – so that’s 12 elephants.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO ...

How to gather in spirit this Anzac Day

By Mikaela Turner

No day unifies Australia, physically and emotionally, as much as Anzac Day. And for many veterans, in particular, it is an important day to reconnect and honour those who have lost their lives in the name of national service.

But, as with so many events this year, April 25 will be an Anzac Day like no other. ...

Free classes to help alleviate stress and anxiety

The physical toll inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic is well documented, but the mental effects are largely unknown.

However, as any mental health professional will tell you, times of anxiety, stress and loneliness impact significantly on people’s mental well-being.

Rev John Tansey, who works with Mental Health Ministries, recognises this and is now offering free mindfulness sessions for anyone who ...

Coping with COVID-19: Robyn Nandan

As part of our on-going series, we speak with Robyn Nandan, relief teacher at Rosny College, Hobart.

How has your work been affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

Since I retired from full time work when I was just 70, I have been a relief teacher of English and English Literature.

How have you responded?

Since this crisis, I have refused ...