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Faith, fun and friendship are cornerstones of the Pine Lodge/Katandra  fellowship group. Fourteen women gather once a month to share devotions and enjoy activities in a group that now includes daughters of the original members. Margaret North, Lorna ...

Kingston creates a community, not just a home, for young residents


One of the biggest challenges faced by parents of young people with disabilities is dealing with the uncertainty surrounding their child’s future. Most parents dread the day they can no longer care for their children.

Of the myriad of issues arising from that reality is finding a living environment which allows their adult child to reach their ...

Anti-Poverty Awards


What began as a series of fundraising concerts in Melbourne has grown into a not-for-profit organisation that empowers overseas communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Co-Ground is an Australian not-for-profit organisation established earlier this year. Its director, Andrew Mellody, was the recipient of Connections UnitingCare’s Anti-Poverty award for 2015. The annual awards highlight the creative ...

Bridges of Hope


When Gai Kur Akuei arrived at Brisbane Airport for the Uniting Church’s South Sudanese National Conference he was greeted by members of Nuer Faith Community. It was the first time he had spoken to a Nuer person since war erupted in South Sudan in December 2013.

A power struggle between the president of South Sudan and ...

A truck on a mission


The Food Justice Truck is a familiar sight to many pedestrians in the Melbourne CBD. Every Wednesday, the truck stops outside Wesley Uniting Church on Lonsdale Street from 11:30am to 2pm, transforming the front of the church into a fresh food market.

Its mission is to support asylum seekers in the Victorian community by offering access to ...

Uniting AgeWell sets the standard for LGBTI community


For many older people, the decision to move into residential care can trigger stress, sadness and fear. ‘Downsizing’ means people may mourn the loss of physical possessions such as the family home and personal belongings; some will also mourn the perceived loss of independence.

Recent research studies by LaTrobe University and organisations such as BeyondBlue have ...

Pulling apart the pokies

Ka-ching! | Documentary | PG 

Review by Cath James

They’ve gone from being illegal to being everywhere. Australia has rapidly become the poker machine capital of the world, with five times more machines per capita than the USA. We’re losing a staggering $11 billion a year, but everyone – players, industry and government – is hooked. What is it that ...

The golden rule

When the Social Justice team at St Andrews Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, began to plan their Social Justice Sunday services, they were struck by the many similarities that all faiths have as their basic principle.

They used the informative Golden Rule Poster from the Columban Mission Institute to show that Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian people ...

Pilgrim celebrates first valedictory service

Pilgrim Theological College celebrated a new milestone on 30 October with its inaugural valedictory service. This year’s valedictorians were the first students to graduate from the newly-formed college, established at the start of this year.

In previous years, the valedictory service recognised candidates who finished preparation for their ordained ministry. Paul Dau, Kharis Susilowati and Juliette Tautala’aso (pictured) were ...

What sustains us?

On the last weekend in November, organisers are hoping to create the biggest climate march the world has ever seen. In anticipation of that, I thought I might write a little about the water that sustains us.

Unlike most, I don’t drink coffee. I’m a connoisseur of water, mostly from the tap and very rarely the bottled variety. Room temperature ...

November Synod snaps

Synod snaps brings you images from throughout the Church and beyond:

Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin, visited Croydon North Uniting Church members at the Gifford Village Community Centre. Left to right: Sharon Wolstenholm (Acting CEO of Uniting Care Harrison), Michael Sukkar and Croydon North Uniting Church members Bill Brown , Ted Smith and Ann Smith.

The synod ...

November letters

Animal story project

Many of you would have attended a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service in October, or been part of a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service in the past.  I always love hearing stories about the animals that make up peoples’ families. What better way than sharing some of these stories with the wider church? If pets are part ...