Birthday message from the Moderator

We have been celebrating our 43rd birthday this past week.  Many celebrated a day early, on Sunday, others celebrated on the day and others are still celebrating – as I know from the emails I have been receiving this week from Church members.

The emails have been to wish our Church “happy birthday” and to say something about how ...

Why going back ‘to normal’ isn’t good enough

By Moderator Rev Denise Liersch

In the past few months, we’ve been hearing stories of people’s experiences as they have been travelling this roller coaster we call “the pandemic”. We keep hearing phrases like, “when this is over …”, or what the “new normal” might be like. Those phrases carry something of the depth of sadness, struggle and ...

Rev Claire Dawe asks “what defines worship?”

By Rev Claire Dawe, Manningham Uniting Church

In a bid to explore creative ways of offering meaningful and authentic worship, I sometimes attend conferences and study different ideas looking at re-imagined forms of worship and being church.

Many are incredibly creative, but I wonder if they actually are forms of worship or if they are “just” engaging activities that point ...

Write of Passage: Rev Angie Griffin

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” – Mark 7:28

By Rev Angie Griffin, Grange Cluster Minister, Presbytery of Western Victoria

The Syrophoenician Woman, whose encounter with Jesus is told in Mark 7: 24- 28 is my favourite Gospel character, even if she is unnamed, as is her daughter.

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Is it OK to have Holy Communion online?

By Rev Dr Sally Douglas

Something strange happened when we gathered – via Zoom – for worship on Easter Day. We prayed together. We read sacred text together. We sang falteringly, across the wi-fi connection together and we explored what following the risen, crucified One in our own lives might look like. None of this was strange.

However, in the ...

Now I understand what Lent is all about

By Ellaine Downie

I usually don’t “do” Lent. On Pancake Tuesday, between mouthfuls of dough and maple syrup, some of my more spiritual friends announce what they will be giving up for Lent. Sometimes it’s chocolate, sometimes it’s the movies.

I remember one year a friend announced with some trepidation – and (if this doesn’t sound too bitchy) a rather ...

From the ashes, Lent is a time of reflection and hope

As we come closer to the beginning of the season of Lent, the name of that opening day, Ash Wednesday, triggers a strong memory of past bushfire tragedy. 

The emotions stirred up are so much heightened this year, as those memories are being lived out again in the threat and destruction wrought through bushfire. This is ...

Bushfire beatitude for East Gippsland – Jennie Gordon

This prayer of blessing was written by Presbytery of Gippsland UCA Minister Rev Jennie Gordon in between shifts working at a firezone relief centre in the town of Bairnsdale. She asked us to share it for all affected by the bushfire crisis.

 blessed are you – East Gippsland

blessed are you

who walk the ...

Moderator Sharon Hollis signs off with a message of hope

As I have travelled around the Synod these past three years many of you have spoken to me about the future of the church, the Uniting Church or of a congregation. Many of you want to know what we can do to ensure the future of the church, often with a focus on numbers ...

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 ...