Following the moral compass

The new Synod Ethics Committee has met to consider the Uniting Church’s response to voluntary assisted dying.

Last November, Victoria became the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying, with the law coming into effect in June next year.

The VicTas synod currently does not have a position on voluntary assisted dying. At ...

Eating for a song at Nobucks

For the past 11 years Nobucks has been offering a free lunch with no strings attached to anyone who comes into the Wesley Centre in Hobart but recently diners have been enjoying some musical accompaniment as well.

Nobucks coordinator and founder Suzanne Vincent said the program, which serves all-comers with a three-course lunch Mondays to Thursdays and ...

Recipe for endurance

In an age of celebrity chefs performing impossibly elaborate TV culinary feats and social media’s mania for purely photogenic food, the popularity of Australia’s longest continuously published cookbook demonstrates the basics of good home cookery never go out of fashion.

The PWMU Cookbook, now in its fifth edition, has been in print since 1904 and ...

Faith leaders stand with Aussie farmers

Victorian faith leaders have come together in a show of solidarity with drought-affected farmers on the International Day of Peace.

Representatives from Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i, Muslim and Buddhist communities prayed for rural communities impacted by the drought in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The day of prayer was organised by the Multifaith Advisory Group, a coalition ...

Christian women pay a call on Canberra

A delegation of ecumenical women leaders in Canberra have spoken out in support of female political representation and leadership while also urging MPs to increase foreign aid and end the offshore detention of children.

Representatives from the Baptist Church, Citipointe Church, The Grainery, Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Hillsong Church and The Salvation Army, met with federal MPs to advocate ...

UCA bodies welcome royal commission

Uniting AgeWell has joined with UnitingCare Australia and Aged and Community Services Australia in welcoming the federal government’s royal commission into the aged care sector.

This follows Monday night’s Four Corners report on the treatment of the elderly in residential care centres.

The investigation revealed widespread neglect, sub-standard food and overworked staff in aged care homes throughout ...

Students lead the way in fighting injustice

It was the students’ turn to set the agenda away from their normal teachers and textbooks at a schools’ justice day held earlier this month.

Over 90 year 9 and 10 students from six schools associated with the Uniting Church gathered at the Methodist Ladies College (MLC) on 4 September to take part in student-led workshops around the ...

Methodist memorabilia is a real spectacle


Appropriately enough for a collection that includes John Wesley’s spectacles, Queen’s College is asking for artefacts that will help see the early Methodists with fresh eyes.

Wesley’s glasses along with commemorative plates and cups, porcelain statues and original letters can be found in a dedicated room under the Queen’s College library in Parkville.

These artefacts, known as ‘Methodistica’, have ...

Crosslight wins gold at ARPA

Crosslight took home three awards at the 2018 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) conference in Brisbane.

The annual awards, presented on 7 September, recognise excellence in religious journalism and publishing in Australia and New Zealand.

Rev Swee-Ann Koh’s article on racism in the church was awarded gold for Best Opinion/Editorial, with the judges commending the piece for its ...

A safe church for all people


Almost 40 weeks have now passed since the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse handed its final report to the Australian government.

Commissioner Peter McClellan, his fellow Commissioners and staff have distilled the wisdom of their landmark five-year inquiry into 17 volumes. The learnings of the Royal Commission – the most ...

UCA supports landmark anti-slavery Bill

The Uniting Church has joined more than 30 faith-based organisations and businesses in support of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the signatories welcomed the Bill as a significant step in the fight against modern slavery, labelling it “a watershed moment for Australia”.

The International Labour Organisation estimates about 21 ...