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Seeking & Sharing Joy

Renowned theologian & Yale Professor Miroslav Volf recently commissioned the project to determine a Theology of Joy and the Good Life. For more information, you can read Professor Volf’s reflections on the ABC Religion & Ethics website. Notably, this project…

Young voices on climate – you’re invited

We’re inviting young people across Victoria & Tasmania to help shape our church’s climate policy and action moving forward. Our first step is a Zoom gathering, presenting an opportunity to connect, share, and map next steps. We hope to mobilise…

Synchronous Hybrid Virtual Worship

Covid-19 restrictions saw worship leaders & Ministers embark on a steep learning curve to provide online worship experiences. Over time, skills were honed and technologies tweaked. Now, as restrictions begin to ease, the real opportunity is before us, and it…

2037 vision

I’ve always loved anniversary weekend in the Uniting Church. This year, we celebrate 43 years since union. You should check out Dr Deidre Palmer’s President’s Message. As I’m only 35, I didn’t live through the union experience. I have no…

Calm Down

During the great Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020, UCAYouth partnered with Pulse to produce a weekly live chat show, chatting with amazing guests and exploring how people were making sense of their experience and taking care of themselves. The show quickly…

Advice for re-starting youth ministry gatherings in Vic/Tas – UPDATED

As lockdown restrictions continue, churches will be able to consider how and when youth ministry programs (that include in-person gatherings) will resume. Below is a short video offering advice to leaders, ministry agents and church councils when considering this. Please…

Changing Church Culture

For many years, faithful folk have sought to address the weaknesses of our church, primarily through education, regulation and mission studies. We lament the church doesn’t always reflect God’s vision for a redeemed humanity. Our common ‘church culture’ reveals that…

Returning to church. A trauma informed approach

Trauma-Informed Practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for everyone, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and…

‘The End of Youth Ministry?’ Book Club

Theology & Youth Ministry guru Andrew Root has released ‘The End of Youth Ministry’ and we think it’s a cracker. To explore this text and how we might respond, we’re opening TWO book club meetings. COFFEE will focus on implications…

Viral Virtual Choir Videos

Now that we’ve survived the pre-Easter flurry, it’s time to take stock. You’ve probably mastered how to deliver your church services, be that live, pre-recorded or other digital options. Congratulations (and if you need need help, check out these practical…

Guidelines for Safe Digital Ministry UPDATED

The following resources are prepared for ministry agents and volunteers to ensure digital ministry remains a safe experience for all people, including the most vulnerable.

To the church post-COVID-19

Dear church, I wanted to write to you all on this special day, as we emerge from that wilderness experience. The virus has been defeated, quarantines have been lifted, and our playgrounds are once again buzzing. Looking back, I remember…

Resources for worship in Stage 3 restrictions

The new stage 3 restrictions in Victoria limit our capacity for producing live-streamed church services, as many churches did on Sunday March 29. Below are some suggestions and resources to help communities continue to provide worship gatherings. Hopefully you’ve used…

Digital resources for youth groups under lockdown

The tradition of Friday night gatherings need not end with current lockdown requirements. Yes, physical distancing has suspended gatherings, yet below are several options to explore that might provide entertainment and engagement for  your communities. Digital Platforms House Party is…

Bible Study resources for youth groups under lockdown

It feels most aspects of our society have shifted in the past few days, with more change likely. Here at UCAYouth, we’re attempted to help your church community ride the wave (check out our posts at www.ucayouth.org.au). Bible studies/home groups…

Passing the Peace – AUSLAN

In this pandemic season, we believe it’s a chance for innovation and creativity. We’re delighted to share a short instructional video assisting church members and leaders to Pass the Peace using AUSLAN. Our thanks to Bek Allcroft for signing. For…

Dear parents. I’m sorry.

I’ve been in youth ministry for 20 yrs now, 16 of those in paid roles. In moments of reflection within this suspended reality we find ourselves today, I’ve been reminded of a glaring, consistent mistake I’ve made in those 20…

What might we learn from the 1st Sunday of our Digital Age

On Sunday 22nd March, most congregations who were able, provided some form of worship gathering over the Internet. Below are a few samples of those gatherings, utilising different formats, modes and technologies. We share them here as examples so they…