Why churches must change to stay alive – Mat Harry Q&A

Interview by Stephen Acott

What’s your title?

I’m the New & Renewing Communities Catalyst.

What does that mean?

The prevailing paradigm is for churches to have a building and a minister and assume that opening the doors to a worship service will entice people to engage with us.  My role is to assist churches to transition ...

Why heaven could have wheelchairs – Andy Calder Q&A

What’s your title and when did you begin?

My title is Disability Inclusion Advocate. The position was created in 1995. I had some history working in the disability sector before being ordained so the church wanted to utilise that experience.

It doesn’t sound like you had much experience in the mental health sphere before assuming this role?


Art and Soul – Christina Rowntree Q&A

What’s your title?

Theology + Arts Ministry, in the Priorities Focus and Advocacy stream of eLM.

When did you begin?

This particular role of developing the arts in the life of our Synod, started in 2005. I’d been working in the Synod before that as an events manager. There was a project looking at where the ...

Fighting the good fight – Mark Zirnsak Q&A

What’s your title?

I am the Senior Social Justice Advocate for the Justice and International Mission (JIM) cluster of the Victoria/Tasmania Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.

That’s quite a mouthful, you’d need a big business card just to squeeze it all in. What does it mean?

(laughs) It means I deal with social justice ...

New clarity to baggage-laden words

The word ‘evangelism’ is returning to the Uniting Church’s lexicon, with a national conference dedicating an entire program to mission and evangelism scheduled for Adelaide in March. Penny Mulvey spoke with the convenor of the conference, Queensland based Rev Peter Armstrong about why, after nearly 20 years’ silence, Assembly is once again publicly tackling the thorny issues of mission and ...