Children being left behind

One in six Australians under the age of 14 live in poverty, with children in Victoria and Tasmania particularly at risk of social exclusion, a new UnitingCare Australia report has revealed.

UnitingCare Australia, in partnership with the University of Canberra and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launched the Child Social Exclusion, Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia ...

Rallying against slavery

Once more High Street Uniting Church will be hitting out against slavery and there is still time to get involved.

From noon on Friday to 3pm on Saturday dedicated table tennis players will show off their prowess at the Mt Waverley church as they take part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

The event raises money to support eight organisations in ...

Mental Health Month – Prayer of Intercession

Synod disability inclusion advocate Andy Calder has offered the following adapted prayer for use during Mental Health Week (7 -14 October) and Mental Health Month in Victoria (7 October to 6 November).

We remember creation, breathed into life by God’s Holy Spirit:

places of beauty and brilliance,

places of grandeur and spectacle,

places of extravagant diversity.

We pray, creating ...

Balanced view of religious freedom

Australian Christians are not persecuted and religious freedom should not be used to justify discrimination against LGBTI people, a Uniting Church minister has said.

Following the national postal vote on same-sex marriage, the federal government established the Ruddock Review to examine whether Australian law adequately protects freedom of religion.

On Sunday, Pilgrim Theological College lecturer Rev Dr Robyn ...

Spirited display

Approximately 40 people gathered in North Carlton last week to view images that varied from a miniature study of a leaf’s veins to a family of elephants.

The exhibition was put on as part of Cafechurch’s Spiritus Et Locus, an event which has been running for five years as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

“The idea is ...

Finding a deeper connection

“The leaf has a song in it. Inside the river there is an unfinishable story and you are somewhere in it.”

These words, from the poet Mary Oliver, inspired Cath James and Gordon Bannon from the Loddon Mallee presbytery to create a day of storytelling and workshops on art, poetry, dance, permaculture and gardening.

Cath and Gordon named the ...

Prayer for tsunami victims

Rev Dr Apwee Ting has offered the following prayer in Indonesian and English following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, particularly affecting the city of Palu and the nearby town on Donggala.

Prayer for Palu and Donggala

Tuhan empunya kehidupan,

tatkala bumi dan air bergerak dasyat,

mengambil kehidupan dan mereka yang kami cintai.


Two decades of listening

For 20 years the Listening Lounge in Corio Central Shopping Centre has welcomed people in to relax, meet friends, have a chat or a deep heart-to-heart.

Last month, about 35 people gathered to celebrate the two-decade anniversary.

Joining Listening Lounge members and volunteers for the party were representatives of Port Philip West Presbytery and other community organisations.

The ...

Machinery of death


A Melbourne pastor who was present at the executions of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran warns it is only a matter of time before another Australian faces the death penalty.

When Sukamaran’s last clemency plea was rejected, he chose Bayside Church pastor Christie Buckingham to be the official witness to ...

Finding goodness among the godless

Hospital chaplain Joe Sehee recently gave a talk to a warm-hearted group who meet on a Sunday morning, reflect on serious life issues, sing and share food.

They also have definite beliefs about God, specifically that there isn’t one.

Joe, who is a member of the Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV), addressed the Sunday Assembly, a self-proclaimed ...

Pioneering spirit still going strong

Wandin Seville Uniting Church’s big year of celebration has been a real family affair and that is set to continue.

Later this month, a special morning service will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Christian worship at Wandin, on the eastern fringes of Melbourne.

The service will be followed by an afternoon event called “Making ...

A sound response to climate change

Portarlington St Andrew’s Uniting Church is calling on the combined power of music and visual art to educate and inspire people about the threat of climate change.

On 28 October, the church in Geelong will host the Music for a Warming World multimedia concert from 2.30pm–4pm.

Lead performer Simon Kerr said the presentation was ...