Life lessons in a pub

Review by Penny Mulvey

Play | The Weir | Melbourne Theatre Company

Three Irishmen in a pub, and in comes a younger woman. No, this is not a joke, it is the premise for the latest offering from the Melbourne Theatre Company – the 1997 play The Weir, by Conor McPherson.

And like a good joke, it is a beautifully ...

Recognising safety

St John’s Uniting Church in Essendon has recently completed the VicTas synod Safe Church Recognition program. The program is part of a number of initiatives to continually review how the Church maintains safe and caring environments for everyone.

Chair of St John’s church council, Bruce Missen, said the program was a valuable part of the Church’s response to revelations ...

NextGen Camp

Approximately 80 young people travelled to Merricks Lodge in July this year on the Mornington Peninsula for the annual NextGen camp. The camps first took place in 2012 and have grown in size every year.

For many of this year’s participants, this was their first NextGen camp. Ice-breaker exercises helped introduce the young people to one another and friendships quickly ...

Strong leadership

By Andrew Gador-Whyte

In discussing leadership in the Uniting Church, the Major Strategic Review has made much of the language of sustainability, strength and effectiveness. But I think a corrective is needed so as not to make weakness in the Christian life something to be avoided. Where the Church in a range of ways seems to be finding itself in ...

Tax transparency

Jessie Cato has recently been employed by the Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit as a part-time coordinator for their Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign.

PWYP is an international campaign aimed at creating greater transparency in the extractives – mining, gas and oil – sector. To achieve this in Australia, Ms Cato advocates for the introduction of mandatory disclosure ...

Letters – September

Reaching out to the Muslim Community

A matter of concern within our congregation (Congregation of Mark the Evangelist, North Melbourne) is the increase in anti-Muslim sentiment being reported in the news media and expressed in occasional (mercifully) public protests by radical groups.

Contact was made with the Islamic Council of Victoria, followed by an invitation to the Imam at the ...