Power of love

How do you think about power? Is it a good word or an ‘ugly’ word in your vocabulary?

Often, it seems to be coupled with words like ‘too much’ or ‘too little,’ or use and abuse. Yet we all (yes all) have power, even if in different ways.

It could be the legendary power of the holder of the ...

Lessons from Synod

One of the things I value about the Synod’s Vision and Mission Principles is that they tell us who we are, and call us to more truly become who we are, for the sake of serving the reign of God.

At the recent Synod meeting there were many moments where I saw the already and the still-becoming nature of the ...

It is written

I am writing this in an in-between time. I have finished my placement at the CTM and am awaiting my installation as moderator. I am in a time of learning and preparation and my mind and heart are pondering what it might mean to be moderator for the next three years.

Over the last few months I have often been ...

Just keep swimming         

One wet Thursday evening in May, a throng of new Monash University graduands lined up to receive their academic awards from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Even though the velvet-capped doctoral students looked so very grand in their peacock finery, it had taken me three years of sheer hard work to complete my little Graduate Diploma ...

After Anzac Day

BILL PUGH

Sometimes unavoidable experiences bring us face to face with vulnerability and reality. As 18 year-olds, we arrived at Puckapunyal in 1953 to begin national service training. All of us were allocated  the same rank and wore the same uniform. We woke early, drilled, obeyed orders, marched and fired rifles at the range. Our dads and ...

Farewell

Famed writer, Annie Dillard wrote in her bestselling novel Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: “Time is the one thing we have been given and we have been given to time.”

Well my time as moderator has almost given out. This will be my last Crosslight reflection as moderator and I take the opportunity to thank all those who ...

The relationship of congregations and agencies

In Melbourne from 2 to 4 September, an important conference titled Recapturing Our Soul will examine the question of congregation, agency and state relationships. Co-hosted by Pilgrim Theological College, the Centre for Theology and Ministry, UnitingCare Victoria/Tasmania, and the Diakoniewissenschaftliches Institut of the University of Heidelberg, a total of 16 speakers will consider the changing shaping of ...

Easter Hope when all seems lost

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson is the National Disaster Recovery Officer of the Uniting Church in Australia. He is currently in Fiji assisting the Methodist Church in Fiji to train their ministers and others to further train those in most heavily hit areas following Tropical Cyclone Winston. He reflects on the relevance of the Easter message in modern ...

Also with you

As moderator, I have been attending settlement conferences with survivors of past sexual abuse – particularly those who were wards of the state in the 1950s and ’60s. The experience has challenged me to think deeply about the significant physical, emotional and spiritual impact on those abused.

During the sessions, various lawyers painstakingly articulate the abuse. There is no glossing ...

Effective visiting

I have a booklet that was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education way back in 1986. It was part of a Uniting Church Elder Series and the subject matter was ‘Effective Visiting’. The co-authors were Rev John Billington and Rev Willis Jago (both now deceased).

John Billington wrote on Visiting the Healthy and Willis Jago wrote on ...

Wrestling with the future

By Dan Wootton

I’ve just had the longest break I’ve had since becoming moderator. We didn’t go anywhere, just stayed at home during the bushfire season over Christmas/New Year. It’s dreadfully dry out where we live. I feel sure that stress levels for many farmers must be exceedingly high.

Christmas was celebrated at my mum and dad’s place. My ...

Prayer and Risking Love at Christmas

By Dan Wootton

I admit dismay when I first saw the front cover image of the New York Daily News earlier this month. It proclaimed “God Isn’t Fixing This” and was in direct response to social media postings by American government representatives following the shootings in San Bernardino.  According to the newspaper, those tweeting to pray ...