Senior of the year

Dedicated Geelong volunteer and Uniting Church member Pat Smith (pictured) was named the Victorian Senior of the Year at a special awards ceremony to kick start the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival.

The Order of St Stephen

                  The Order of St Stephen began in the 1950s seeking to provide opportunities for the exercise of God’s gifts in voluntary service to the Church and the world

A lifetime of service

After 28 years as the synod’s property liaison officer, Ian Firth is saying goodbye. Originally employed as an insurance officer, Mr Firth said that when he joined the synod in 1985 it felt like he had come home.

Bringing black fish out of darkness

Tilikum                               THE public performance of an enormous wild sea mammal involves exploitation of both the animal itself and t

Share the light

Darla had been living in her car for three weeks – a long time to live so rough. It was cold in Ballarat, which meant her nights were especially miserable.

Season for giving

Operation Santa underway: Staff from Harrison UnitingCare sort through some of the gifts donated at Target stores at Christmas time.

Your voice

By Penny Mulvey What role does a church newspaper play? Whose interests does it serve? Newspapers are defined by their very name – the purveyors of news, and news is basically the presentation of information about recent

160 years of worship

Harry Morgan and Robert Swift (pictured) cut the cake at the celebrations for the 160th anniversary of the Brighton Congregational Church.

Betrayal of Trust

The final report of the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 13 November.

Road to recovery

After-effects of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, continues to be felt throughout the region. Latest reports suggest that, in total, 13.25 million people have been affected, with 4.