Uniting in friendship

Just Your Average Muslim | Book | Zia Chaudhry

Review by Larry Marshall 

Zia Chaudhry’s family migrated to England from Pakistan and he grew up in Liverpool. He is a practising lawyer who has become increasingly involved in interfaith dialogue in the past decade.

This book seeks to speak for the silent majority of ‘average’ Muslims in the West who ...

Letters home

Cheerio and love to all | Book | Joan Ellemor

Review by Janet Howie

On May 24, 1941, Joan exclaims in her diary: ‘Landed at Milingimbi!’

Joan Ellemor (formerly Joan Hooke), he
r Methodist minister husband, Arthur, and infant son, Michael, had just disembarked from the trusty mission lugger Larrpan at the mission station where Arthur had been ...

Shell-shocked

The Lobster | Film | MA

Review by Emmet O’Cuana

I think I could turn and live with the animals” – Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

A man sits alone on a couch. He wear glasses, has a pronounced paunch and looks extremely sad. A voice off-screen, a woman and clearly the man’s partner, identifies him as David, apologising for ...

Leading the way

Book | Women in Leadership – A Partnership between the Uniting Church and Vanuatu

Review by Randall Prior

An unexpected partnership between women in the Uniting Church and women in Vanuatu has given rise to a new publication, Vanuatu Women in Leadership, to be launched at the Centre for Theology & Ministry on 6 October.

The enthusiastic response in Vanuatu ...

Preaching to the Converted

Book | Live Love Lead | Brian Houston

Review by Emmet O’Cuana

“Your Heavenly Father didn’t create you to live a life of mediocrity. He created you to live life in the faith lane.”

I have a feeling Pastor Houston has an amazing collection of dad-jokes for any occasion.

Having read Live Love Lead I find myself at an awkward ...

Reflection on faith

Book | kurina kuwara milaythina:  The Place of the Eagle’s Feather | Tim Matton-Johnson

Reviewed by Bob Faser

This is a book that we’ve needed for some time in Tasmania.

Tim Matton-Johnson is a Uniting Church minister of Tasmanian Aboriginal descent. Throughout the years, he has served both as a minister to congregations and as an ecumenical staffer, as well as ...

Political power and passion – Macbeth review

Film | Macbeth | TBC

Review by Garth Jones

This latest cinematic adaptation of Macbeth is South Australian director Justin Kurzel’s sophomore film, following in the grim footsteps of 2011’s Snowtown.

An assured interpretation of Shakespeare’s short, brutal play, Kurzel’s film stars Michael Fassbender as its tormented protagonist, while French actress Marion Cotillard essays a blank, detached Lady Macbeth.

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Music to sustain faith

CD | Thirsty Ground

Review by Rev Dr Paul Chalson

Thirsty Ground is a small group of singers who meet at Scots Memorial Uniting Church in Hobart to explore faith and life through writing songs together. Seven songs which have emerged from the life of this group are now available on their self-titled CD.

This is a lovely CD, ...

Familiar families

Film | Gayby Baby | PG

Review by Emmet O’Cuana

Opening with now very familiar statements from politicians, pundits, and the then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard, opposing gay marriage, this documentary is both timely and oddly dated.

The debate feels to have moved on, given recent events in the Republic of Ireland and the United States, even though in Australia ...

Reclaiming Jihad

Review by Stefanie Pearce

Book | The Jihad of Jesus: the sacred nonviolent struggle for justice | Dave Andrews

See the word jihad in the title of a book and you guess that it’s likely to be a confronting read. After all, we think of jihad as an Islamic term for ‘holy war’, synonymous with terrorism, abhorrent acts of violence and ...

The other Will and Kate

Review by Deb Bennett

Book | Will and Kate – The story of William and Catherine Booth | Dawn Volz, illustrations by Chris Green

Aimed at young children, this picture book tells the inspiring story of William and Catherine Booth, founders of The Salvation Army.

From their early life in 19th century England to leaders of a worldwide organisation, author ...

Do your own theology

Review by David Merritt

Book | Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology. Finding you own voice | Val Webb

This is a rare book that makes the story of how Christianity has developed over 20 centuries accessible in language most can readily understand. The author’s purpose is not primarily to help us understand history but to encourage us to do ...