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A Framework for Online Intergen Worship

In Victoria, churches have been gathering online in various ways for six months, and the end of this season remains beyond the horizon. Digital church gatherings may continue to be part of our communities going forward, as many have discovered…

Mental Health Resources for Young People

Young people are telling us they are worried about their mental health, and the mental health of their friends. The medical industry confirms a significant rise in the prevalence of mental health disorders in young people. The following is a…

Young voices on climate – August 30 on Zoom

We’re inviting young people across Victoria & Tasmania to help shape our church’s climate policy and action moving forward. Following our first gathering in July, we’re excited to host a second gathering for young people within our Synod. When: Sunday…

Are your young people ‘rooted?’

“What helps the seeds of faith in young people root, grow and flourish?” In November 2016 the Church of England released a research report exploring what factors support young people maintain their faith throughout adolescence. The report follows similar international…

Speak your voice on Climate Change

The Vic/Tas Synod is running a consultation on how the church should continue to respond to the issue of Climate Change. This page is designed to ensure it is as easy as possible for young voices to be heard as…

NYALC 2021 Cancellation

The National Youth Adults Leaders Conference (NYALC), scheduled to be held in January 2021, has been cancelled. Dr Deidre Palmer, President of the National Assembly, writes to advise that due to COVID-19, the volatility of our current health situation in…

Congratulations – you’re a youth pastor!

Attended a baptism? Celebrated a confirmation? Congratulations, you’re a youth pastor. Let’s get to work. Rather than outsource the spiritual formation of young people to certain individuals, whether they be employed or volunteer, the Uniting Church wisely instructs all members…

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…

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…