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.
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
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 ...
“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?”
What we do with our bodies says a lot about what we believe.
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.
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.
Monday night is half-price movie night and the other week I walked down to see the latest film by director Spike Lee BlackKklansman.