Church must speak out to support Hong Kong’s last stand

By Tim Lam

Hong Kong is dying.

Every day, the city inches closer to becoming a police state. The shadow of Tiananmen Square looms over the horizon as the People’s Liberation Army assembles just across the border.

I travel to Hong Kong regularly, usually to visit relatives. I lived there as a young boy and went to kindergarten in Tsim ...

Israel Folau case raises questions of hire purpose

By Claire Dawe

We are a diverse church, but when it comes to renting our church spaces, rooms and even worship centres, is there a limit on the diversity we will accept?

No-one can have escaped the media attention surrounding Israel Folau and the church his father pastors. Their church, with their own theological understandings of Scripture, particularly noting ...

Why we should shun Israel Folau’s fear-based theology

By Robyn Whitaker

You might groan at another article about Israel Folau. After all, the media attention has been massive, with little sign of abating.

This article is an attempt to address some of the issues from a Uniting Church point of view, not because I speak for the Uniting Church in any official capacity, but because the UCA has ...

Seeking a meaningful understanding of suffering and God

By Sally Douglas

Suffering and death are difficult subjects to talk about in Australian culture, particularly western culture.

I recently spent time with someone who was weeks away from death and asked them how they felt about dying. They said I was the first person to ask them this question.

While sex may no longer be a taboo ...

Missing piece of McGuire’s The Final Quarter apology

By SweeAnn Koh

There has been a lot of commentary surrounding The Final Quarter, the documentary on Adam Goodes that had its free-to-air premiere on 18 July, but one comment in particular jumped out at me.

Cherrie Frail-Green, an Indigenous woman who lives on the Central Coast, said the treatment of Goodes, the former ...

Game of Thrones and the reality of fantasy

By Brunswick Uniting Church minister Rev Ian Ferguson, who definitely will be watching the new season of you know what. 

Spoiler Alert! What follow spoils the endings of Game of Thrones (season one), Lord of the Rings (volume one), and the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (Testament New).

I remember the moment of horror vividly: the executioner raised ...

Why this land is not ours

By Rev Dr Sean Winter, Head of College, Pilgrim Theological College

Debates about border protection and the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers show no signs of going away.

In the midst of the political rhetoric, and despite the obvious and real challenges that face politicians, it is important to remember the longer story to which our ...

Rose to the occasion

By Reverend Dr Robyn Whitaker Coordinator of Studies – New Testament, Pilgrim Theological College

When it comes to Valentine’s Day most of us think of roses, chocolates, romantic dinners and greeting cards. Yet St Valentine’s Day is named after a third century martyr who was beheaded after being imprisoned and beaten.

How did we get from beheading to romance?

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Why youth work is like couples’ counselling

I’ve only been in this job for nine months, but I love it. I consider it a joyous privilege to work with congregations, presbyteries and the Synod in the areas of youth ministry and contextual theology.

This is a great gig, but if I’m honest, I feel most of my work resembles the role of couples’ counsellor.

Allow me to ...

Schooled in real Christian examples

BETH DONNELLY

“Didn’t Jesus speak English?”

“Are you a Christian or a Catholic?”

“Ooh I know! We’re the one with the bird!”

Working with 450 children and teenagers features daily moments of wisdom, insight, and facepalms as I learn how little of the church and the Christian faith they know, despite some attending schools associated ...

Degrees of commitment

Marguerite Marshall

Christians have led many important social movements including the anti-slave trade, anti-Apartheid and African-American equality in the US and now we have a new and urgent challenge.

Last month’s UN special report on global warming says emergency action is needed if we want to maintain a safe climate for our children. If ...