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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had one of those patches where life and its demands threatens to overwhelm me.
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.
If you have been following the Revised Common Lectionary you most likely have spent some time recently reading the letter to the Ephesians.
Several years ago, I overheard my young daughter’s Barbie dolls having the following conversation:
Barbie 1: ”What are you doing today?”
Barbie 2: “I’m going to a boring meeting.”
This month we commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. It’s not nearly as exciting as last year’s 40th birthday. There will be fewer cakes and parties and events I imagine. After the excitement of last year, this June’s anniversary reminds us that the life of the church is mostly lived out in ...
As we move towards the Feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Spirit to the church and each follower of Jesus, I am reminded again of the privilege I have witnessing so many signs of the Spirit’s presence calling us to worship, witness and service.
One of the most constant sources of comfort, encouragement and challenge in my prayer life over the last few years has been blessings written by Jan Richardson. As I have journeyed through Lent and begun to reflect on Easter I have turned once again to Jan to guide and shelter me.
As I was reflecting on the readings for Lent in the Revised Common Lectionary, I noticed that running through the sections from the Hebrew Scriptures is a theme of God’s faithfulness to God’s people and the way this brings joy, renewal and life.