Write of Passage- what does the Lord require of you?

by Rev Claire Dawe, Manningham Uniting Church.

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

I included this reading from Micah in the service when I was ordained and ...

Easter’s story demands we lend a helping hand

By VicTas Synod Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis

What we do with our bodies says a lot about what we believe.

Not in a body-shaming sense, rather what we do with our bodies – where we spend our time, the causes we show up for, the people we support and care for – says a lot ...

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 ...

Black Saturday anniversary prayer

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires that killed 180 people and devastated  communities across regional Victoria, Moderator Sharon Hollis prays for those who continue to be affected.

 

God of compassionate love,

on this anniversary day of Black Saturday

we pray for all who continued to be affected

by the devastation of those fires.

We pray ...

Looking to Jesus with a sense of Advent-ure

SHARON HOLLIS, MODERATOR

I’m writing this column just a few days after one man’s actions in central Melbourne’s Bourke St brought death, fear and anxiety to so many people. Also on my mind is a personal anniversary that causes me sadness and an awareness that many people are carrying sadness, anger and despair.

And while all this ...

Acts of renewal and hope

SHARON HOLLIS

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had one of those patches where life and its demands threatens to overwhelm me.

My diary was fuller than I would like, there were difficult conversations to have as November, the anniversary month of my partner’s death, loomed. I felt that I was running on empty or ...

Please don’t tell me how I feel

SHARON HOLLIS

When I thought about writing this column to tie in with Mental Health Week (7-13 October) I had planned to write a general column about mental health and the church.

But the general column didn’t come because this is not just a broad  issue for me – it’s personal and it’s personal in a particular ...

Why white is more than skin deep

SEAN WINTER

Monday night is half-price movie night and the other week I walked down to see the latest film by director Spike Lee BlackKklansman.

It tells the (true) story of Ron Stallworth, a young African American police officer who in 1973 managed to infiltrate the local branch of the Klu Klux Klan. To ...

And God saw it was good…

REV ELIZABETH RAINE

At the very beginning of our Scripture, we find God creating a world that is “very good”. It is clear from the first chapter of Genesis that God created a world for humans, plants and animals alike.

God saw to it that all the creatures and human beings were provided for, with the ...

Site for rituals

STEPHEN BURNS

Recently I’ve had the great fortune to help establish a new website which focuses on exploring liturgy.

The website, www.exploringliturgy.org, has many strands, but concentrates on five aspects of worship:

  • The distinct perspectives and rituals that emerge in Aboriginal-Christian communities
  • The experience of worship traditions in diaspora, as ...

Love letter

If you have been following the Revised Common Lectionary you most likely have spent some time recently reading the letter to the Ephesians.

If you haven’t paid much attention to the letter I encourage you to read it because it is particularly helpful for not just thinking about the life of the Church but the ...

Story selection

We don’t very often tell the story of Australia’s role in establishing the United Nations. Perhaps it is not widely known that a delegation of 20 Australians at the San Francisco Conference on International Organisation from April to June 1945 helped shape the Charter of the UN in decisive ways.

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on ...