Passover was a bloody business. The Jewish historian Josephus informs us that around a quarter of a million lambs were sacrificed each year during the festival; an overstatement to be sure, but indicative of the scale of butchery involved. In his account of the Last Supper, Mark places Jesus and his disciples together in the midst of the chaos.
Have you ever tried to break a bundle of sticks? One stick on its own can break easily, but bundled together, they become almost impossible to break. This same resilience can be found when we acknowledge we are social creatures who are reliant on each other and benefit from cooperation.
By Penny Mulvey
Imagine a world in the not-so-distant future where Christians and Muslims and people of other faiths and no faith work together, holding to their own distinct perspective, but listening and honouring the other, to organise ‘a common world’.
“I have a lofty tree upon one of my estates at New South Wales. It stands upon the summit of a hill. When I first took possession of the land, this tree was surrounded with many more. It appeared from its strength and stateliness that it would stand uninjured for ages. I removed all the rest and left it to ...
By Larry Marshall
The Uniting Church’s Uniting Through Faiths project was recently involved in a major initiative aimed at bringing together the divided community of Sri Lankans living in Melbourne.
With the closure of the United Faculty of Theology at the end of 2014, the Uniting Church Theological College will seek an independent future under the new name Pilgrim Theological College, an accredited institution of the University of Divinity.
I read the ABC Religion and Ethics blog by Scott Stephens the other day. It was written in the context of the testimony given by Cardinal George Pell before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The subject matter was ‘The Religion of the Humble and the Peril of Institutional Atheism’.
Nearly six months ago my beloved partner died unexpectedly, tragically and traumatically. At the time I was coordinating the response group to Uniting our future. I was immersed in the grief and loss that resulted from the proposed sale of properties.
In April I conclude seven years as National Director of UnitingWorld to take up congregational ministry. As I look towards that role, one of my first thoughts concerns how I will enable the congregation to engage globally.