A new book chronicles the lived experience of 21 members of the Uniting Church. Their reflections are honest, insightful, illuminating and sometimes inspiring. These are some edited extracts.
The Uniting Church prides itself on how it embraces women in positions of leadership, including ministry. Three female ministers, from Victoria and Tasmania, share their stories of being 'women in ministry'.
There is a crisis in our community that has gone unreported and, as a result, is unnoticed. And it involves children - vulnerable children. The matter is widespread and urgent and help is needed. Now.
What is faith? How would you define it? Are faith and belief one and the same thing? What would the world look like without faith? So many questions, but all the answers lie within.
This time last year all we could talk about was the devastating effects brought about by something beyond our control. No, it wasn’t COVID, it was the bushfires. 12 months later, much of East Gippsland is still on its knees.
Christmas is almost upon us and there is nothing better than the gift of giving during this special time of year. Even better, your gift for that special person can help others less fortunate. Here are some suggestions for a gift that goes a little further.
Many of life's major milestones happen before we hit 30 - first job, getting hitched, having a baby. But this year, those milestones aren’t what they used to be and young people are suffering as a consequence.
"Jesus tells us that the Spirit has ordained him (and us) to hold people in their brokenness, to give priority to feeding and liberating, healing to the hurting and disadvantaged," Wendy writes.
All things being equal, St Michael’s new minister would have lived a less public life. But things are never equal, as this social justice advocate knows all too well.
Racial and cultural parity have never been more in focus than they are right now. But how does the Church measure up? We’re uniting in name, but is that the lived reality?
What started out as a dispassionate book review became deeply personal for Damien Tann when a couple of statistics made him reassess how the repeated sexual abuse he experienced as a child had impacted his life.
COVID-19 has upended any sense of normal on a global scale. Barry Gittins investigates the effects on our Synod and its ministries, how they have reacted and what might be next.
Aunty Rev Denise Champion says Australia has a “beautiful history” she hopes we, as a nation, will one day uniformly embrace. Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and, more importantly, where we are headed.
Rev Angie Griffin shares why The Syrophoenician Woman is her favourite Gospel character. "Despite so many obstacles she is determined to pursue what she needs," she says.
For more than 50 years, God’s Squad motorcycle ministry has been reaching out to men considered by many to be outlaws. It provides a much-needed sense of family and church.
As parts of Victoria burned uncontrollably over the New Year period, Rev Jennie Gordon was one of the volunteer chaplains deployed to assist those in need. These are the gripping, sometimes heartbreaking stories she witnessed and heard.
Family violence is all-too real for too many people, especially women. It is also largely invisible, but that is something the Church is helping to change.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre Uncle Vince Ross explains how the spirituality of the First Peoples is compatible, and even complementary, to Christianity.
The ways in which the Church engages with children has come a long way from traditional Sunday school. Now it’s a lot more fun, but still with a touch of class.
Country Victoria is largely bent over by drought and economic adversity. Fortunately, they have a couple of aces up their sleeve – their people and churches.
To celebrate the 300th issue of Crosslight we asked three former editors to write about their time producing the publication and to reflect on its role serving Synod and the wider church.
Rev Deborah Kottek spends a lot of time behind bars but doesn’t see the high walls, barbed wire and handcuffs. Instead, she sees people, humanity and hope. People worth helping.
Most of us are taught from an early age to pray, to talk to God and give thanks, maybe even ask if a wish can be granted. But is that all prayer is? And what exactly is prayer?
"The fact is we can’t forget the pain and bitterness we have experienced. We cannot remove from our memories all the bad experiences caused by others. They are a part of our history."
Amar Timalsina was just 12 when he was diagnosed with leprosy. It immediately saw him ostracised from his school, community and, worst of all, his family. Thirty years later the Nepalese school principal is disease-free and working tirelessly to help those still afflicted.
It took 1000 years to write, has myriad authors and everyone has an opinion on it. Two millennia on, it continues to drive contemporary commentary and, in doing so, divide opinion. So how should we interpret it - literally or figuratively? Or both?
It’s not always easy to do but I always try to get to know someone rather than judge them. I am continually surprised at the people I get to meet and be with. They are all amazing children of God.
"Bronwen recently told me if she could have her life over again she would not change a thing. And neither would I. Those difficult years were so filled with love, compassion and grace that it actually became a high point of my life."
In 1983, Diep Tran and her niece Trang Vo fled to Australia in fear of their lives, but the journey was just as hazardous. We present their remarkable stories to honour Refugee Week on 16-22 June.
Andy Calder has dedicated his life to people labelled with disability or mental illness. It is a calling that has challenges on many levels but it hasn't challenged Andy's faith.
"We can experience moments of great insight and clarity in our ongoing relationship with Holy One – Sacred Three and then we forget. The clarity fades, or we freak out, and we return to our old habits of thinking, or patterns of behaving."
In preparation for the premiere of the heavily-hyped final season of Game of Thrones before the culmination of the season of Easter, Rev Ian Ferguson compares the two.
In the beginning was the Word … but now there is also art to help explore and expound on the subject of spirituality. Christina Rowntree explains how art and faith are intertwined
"When I become overwhelmed or simply can’t grasp the clarity of vision I need, I turn to this verse so I can find some alignment with what’s actually important, and what is not."
"I have come to love this mystery; to cherish what I don’t know, and to engage with what I do know. And for this, I’m grateful to Jesus, Paul, and all the others who have gone before."