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Moderator’s Easter message

During Easter we are invited to bear witness to the emergence of hope and life in the resurrected Jesus, says Moderator David Fotheringham.

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Reflections on Easter

As we look ahead to Easter, five Uniting Church Ministers share what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ means to them.

Word’s out on worship

The third Sunday in March marked the third anniversary of the creation of a worship resource that has helped Uniting Church members worship from home since 2020.

Uniting Church supports Voice

The Uniting Church in Australia has confirmed its strong support for a yes vote later this year on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Statement from the Moderator

Moderator David Fotheringham has issued a statement following the anti-trans rally held at Victoria's Parliament House on March 18.

New roles celebrated

Five Uniting Church members were welcomed into new roles within the Synod at a service at the Centre for Theology and Ministry yesterday.

Warm welcome for refugees

Swan Hill Uniting Church congregation members are opening their hearts to refugees from Afghanistan.

Project is right as rain

As part of a strong environmental ethos, Warrandyte Uniting Church members have created a wonderful raingarden on their property for the community to enjoy.

Awards honour long service

Eaglehawk's Judith Richards is among six Victorians connected to the Uniting Church honoured with Australia Day awards.

Moderator’s Christmas message

In his Christmas message, Moderator David Fotheringham invites us to celebrate "the grace, love and hope God brings" to our world.

Christmas blessings

As we celebrate Christmas, Rev Jennie Gordon offers us three poems she hopes will "birth a new hope, screaming with life, cradled with love".

Moderator’s flood letter

Moderator David Fotheringham has written a pastoral letter expressing support for communities impacted by flooding in Victoria and Tasmania.

The Lord/Force be with you

The hit 1977 movie 'Star Wars' and its character Obi-Wan Kenobi offer plenty to ponder for people of faith, says author Peter Malone.

Questions on the Bible

Author Meredith Lake believes questioning the messages we’ve inherited from a colonial Bible is central to understanding our faith.

The meet of the matter

Synod 2022 last month brought together about 200 people for three days of deep engagement and discernment around issues affecting the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.

Synod 2022 day three recap

Synod 2022 wrapped up today, with a number of proposals adopted, and seven members elected to the Standing Committee.

Synod 2022 day two recap

Today's second day of Synod 2022 included a response to Tasmania’s End-Of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) legislation, and well-deserved recognition for former eLM executive officer Jenny Byrnes.

Synod 2022 day one recap

Day one of Synod 2022 today welcomed new Moderator David Fotheringham, featured a report from outgoing Moderator Denise Liersch, and included the tabling of a number of important reports.

New Moderator installed

Wesley Church was the setting last night as Rev David Fotheringham was officially installed as Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator, replacing outgoing Moderator Denise Liersch.

Fond farewell to Denise

As Denise Liersch prepares to leave the role of Moderator, she reflects on a three-year term which involved a number of unexpected challenges.

Building on faith

For 150 years, a Lockwood South church has been the spiritual centre for generations of worshippers.

Reconciliation on right track

As our First Peoples mark National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, the push for change continues to gather momentum.

Home is where the art is

A two-bedroom property sold recently in north-western Tasmania contained an interesting feature which recognised its link to history as a former church.

Safe space to speak up

Inclusion and diversity will be front and centre when the Sacrededge Festival returns to Queenscliff this month.

Focus on heads and tales

Manningham Uniting Church will give a voice to the stories, hopes and struggles of those people on the margins during its Building Bridges Through Story event next month.

Sylvia relishes new role

Rev Sylvia 'Akau'ola Tongotongo brings a wealth of experience to her new role in intercultural development within equipping Leadership for Mission.

Indigenous link honoured with renaming

Rooms at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville have been renamed to acknowledge the fact they are located on Wurundjeri land.

Synod 2022 offers the chance to have a say

Moderator-elect David Fotheringham has invited Uniting Church members to take an active part in Synod 2022, to be held from June 30 to July 3.

Australia Day honours for UC members

A number of Uniting Church members have been recognised for their service to the Church and community in this year's Australia Day awards.

Faith to the fore in Tonga after tsunami

The people of Tonga will bounce back from the devastation caused by a recent tsunami, say Victorian-based Uniting Church members from the South Pacific Island nation.

Call to prayer after tsunami devastates Tonga

Uniting Church members are being urged to pray for the people of Tonga, after the South Pacific Island nation was devastated by a tsunami last weekend.

COVID-19 warning for congregations

Church Councils have been reminded of their obligations to ensure they are COVID-compliant in the interests of health and wellbeing.

Peace of mind in music

Music is providing much-needed relief to people living with dementia, including those in Uniting AgeWell facilities.

Members urged to speak up

The call is out encouraging younger members and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to nominate for next year's Synod Meeting.

How do we reopen doors?

As we return to a sense of normality following COVID-19 lockdowns, a recent Synod online forum raised plenty of interesting questions around vaccination and how our congregations navigate the path towards reopening.

Pastoral letter from the Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch has written a pastoral letter addressing questions which have arisen around COVID-19 vaccination, face-to-face worship and reopening requirements.

Good food for a good cause

Summer means the perfect weather for a barbecue and Frontier Services' Great Outback BBQ is a fantastic way of supporting our farmers.

It’s time to act on climate

Ahead of COP26 which starts on October 31, Moderator Denise Liersch and Senior Social Justice Advocate Mark Zirnsak are calling for concerted action to address climate change.

Hope shines in dark times

As our resilience is tested during the COVID-19 pandemic, Moderator Denise Liersch encourages us to remember that it is our faith that sustains us.

An open letter of sincere gratitude and encouragement

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc throughout the country, Uniting Church leaders have written an open letter recognising its impact on us all and asking us to "carefully consider vaccination".

Ton of joy as Eve celebrates special day

Rev Sani Vaeluaga performed a very special act recently for Lara aged care resident Eve Crumpton, who decided, at the age of 101, that it's never too late to be baptised.

Sharon Hollis installed as President

The 16th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia was held online over the weekend, with former Synod Moderator Sharon Hollis installed as President.

Narana pastoral letter from Moderator

Ahead of NAIDOC Week, a recent visit to the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre has given Moderator Denise Liersch plenty of reason to feel optimistic about the march towards reconciliation.

Cold comfort for many

With your support, Uniting Vic.Tas will continue its outstanding work and help more than 9000 families in crisis this winter.

New centre promotes old perspectives

Australia's oldest and largest theological school is about to take the exciting step of launching its own Indigenous Studies Centre.

It’s access all areas

How a strong communication and engagement process among staff members meant that one shop ensured it was open for business for all customers.

Queen’s Birthday honours

Seven UCA members have been recognised for their service to the community in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours List.

New lessons learnt during lockdown

New ways of worship have resulted from the need to be innovative during lockdown, says Rev Mat Harry.

All you need to know: answers to your frequently asked questions

To help you get the answers you need, our Coronavirus Crisis Team has listed your FAQs. This page will be updated regularly and we hope it will satisfy most of your queries, saving you from having to pick up a phone or send an email.

Lockdown pastoral letter from Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch has penned a pastoral letter reminding us of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. “Sometimes when we are in the midst of tough life experiences we can be more deeply in touch with our hearts than when life is running smoothly.”

Journey continues towards reconciliation

National Reconciliation Week offers an opportunity for First and Second Peoples to walk together in partnership, says Leprena Centre's Alison Overeem.

Helen is never bone idle

Regular exercise at an AgeWell gym and participation in a groundbreaking study have Hawthorn resident Helen Malins ready for her next big adventure.

Cookbook still tasting success

For more than a century, The PWMU Cookbook has been a staple item in kitchens right around Australia, with money from sales funding mission projects around the world.

Service marks special occasion

Easter Sunday was an appropriate day on which to welcome new life, in the form of Kew Uniting Church.

Moderator’s Easter message 2021

Moderator Denise Liersch’s Easter message invites us to get personal. “Being known and called by name makes us into people considered by others as being of value and of worth. It includes us, holds us and enfolds us. It gives us a place and a home where we know we belong."

Online Synod Meeting a winner

Organising the first ever online Synod Meeting presented plenty of challenges, but those responsible succeeded with fantastic teamwork.

April Crosslight now available

The April edition of Crosslight is now available at all of its regular distribution points. For those of you unable to get a copy, Crosslight is also available online in its popular Flipbook format and as a PDF for you to download and print out.

App offers a new avenue of worship

An app to be launched across the country later this month provides an opportunity for people to share faith and explore new forms of church.

Synod 2021 prepares to make history

This month's "virtual" Synod Meeting will be like none before it, but it remains vital to ensuring we continue to serve the life and mission of the Church.

February Crosslight now available

The February edition of Crosslight is now available at all of its regular distribution points. For those of you unable to get a copy, Crosslight is also available online in its popular Flipbook format and as a PDF for you…

Resources help healing in times of disaster

A new resource provides vital information and guidance for ministers and lay leaders to begin the healing process after a disaster.

Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Statement from the Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch says "the Uniting Church supports the intention of the legislation to protect vulnerable people from the harm of coercive practices".

Help Philippines residents hit hard by typhoons

Philippines residents need our support after the country was rocked by two major typhoons in November.

Moderator shares a Christmas message

Moderator Denise Liersch reflects on the carol 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and how it speaks to the sense of disconnect many are feeling this Christmas.

Message from the President

"In this season of Advent, we reflect on the coming of Christ into our world with anticipation and hope", writes President Deidre Palmer.

Award win tastes wonderful for volunteers

The Boroondara Community Outreach service has been recognised with a prestigious award for its wonderful work providing meals and other services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Hobart church service marks historic milestone

Faith community members in Tasmania had plenty to celebrate last Sunday as they gathered to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Methodist mission to the Apple Isle.

Crosslight December now available

The December edition of Crosslight is now available both in print and as an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital “flipbook”. It features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces.

NAIDOC 2020 resources

Below is a ’boutique’ list of resources to engage young people in conversation around the significant of NAIDOC week. As always, if you think something is missing, please get in touch! The NAIDOC website seems a good place to start…

NAIDOC Week 2020 reflection

Leprena Centre Manager Alison Overeem has written a poetic reflection for NAIDOC Week, asking that we learn the history of First Peoples and hear and honour their stories.

Comparing Victoria and Tasmania’s different pandemic experiences

Little separates Victoria and Tasmania geographically, but thanks to the pandemic they have been worlds apart for most of this year.

October Crosslight now available

The October edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital “flipbook”. It features an array of engaging stories including an investigation into how lockdowns have affected young people and a look at Tasmania and Victoria's very different COVID-19 experiences.

Pastoral letter from the Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch reflects on how different the lives of Victorians and Tasmanians are at the moment and how Jesus calls us to be one community together.

Twin bomb survivor’s remarkable and inspiring story

More than 260,000 people survived the twin attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One of them was Tsutomu Yamaguchi. Incredibly, he reported for work the day after the second blast.

August Crosslight now available

The August edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital “flipbook”. It features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces that will either inspire you, give you reason to reflect or encourage you to take action.

Coping with COVID-19: Lindsay Oates

Victorian Local Men’s Health Hero Award recipient Lindsay Oates talks about the life-saving work of the Men's Sheds.

Birthday message from the Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch reflects on the Uniting Church's 43rd birthday and asks what is your wish for the UCA?

Coping with COVID-19: Ilaisaane Pongi

Ilaisaane Pongi says lockdown has given her “ample opportunity for deep reflection on my life”. She also shares a Bible passage that has provided much comfort during these “challenging times”.

Holy Communion: what to consider

Professor Stephen Burns and Reverend Fran Barber explore practises of sharing communion which reflect our theology and minimise the risk of infection.

Switched on knitters and Lego builders

Digital church was on for young and old last weekend with knitters and Lego builders strutting their stuff online.

Coping with COVID-19: Jamie Cameron

Lockdown restrictions have made Uniting Ballarat Social Enterprise Coordinator Jamie Cameron realise just how important community is. “I have been reminded of how … we contribute to each other’s lives,” he says.

Seeking a more just post-pandemic path

When the lockdown is lifted, will we return to what we knew, or will a ‘new normal’ emerge, one that embraces the poor, lonely, marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable?

Finding grace in the little things

Lockdown has forced us to reevaluate many of our rusted on thoughts and beliefs. For Ellaine Downie, that has meant saying thank you in a way she didn’t think she could.

Youthful enthusiasm earns AOM honours

A school principal with a passion for science education and a former Uniting Church youth leader, who is still mentoring others in his 90s, were recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Coping with COVID-19: Dick Straw

Dick Straw has been living alone for the past 30 years, but during this time of enforced isolation, the 90-year-old has rediscovered the joy of an old hobby.

First Peoples connections too strong to sever

Leprena centre manager Alison Overeem believes the wisdom and resilience of the First Peoples will come to fore in healing the scars inflicted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

June Crosslight is now available

The June edition of Crosslight is now available in an easy-to-access, reader-friendly digital “flipbook”. The supersized 55-page special edition features an array of engaging stories and thought-provoking opinion pieces.

Coping with COVID-19: Ayla Williams

Isolation has been particularly challenging for our First Peoples, as has the closing of many national parks. But it’s nothing that a bit of Bon Jovi can’t fix, says Ayla Williams.

Compulsory Zoom update

After May 31, Zoom users will need to upgrade to the latest, more secure, version (5.0+) to use the video-conferencing program to conduct church services, meetings and other activities.

Coping with COVID-19: Dennis Cousens

Dennis Cousens is used to being constantly on the road as a patrol minister covering 10,000 square kilometres of rural Tasmania. He tells how his ministry has adapted to being forced out of the saddle.

Disability Royal Commission pastoral letter

Moderator Rev Denise Liersch has released a pastoral letter highlighting the Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Coping with COVID-19: Sandy Brodine

Now that churches are able to open their doors again, Rev Sandy Brodine hopes congregations maintain the connectedness and creativity that have emerged during lockdown. 

Coping with COVID-19: Natalie Dixon-Monu

While Victoria has been in lockdown, Rev Natalie Dixon-Monu and her team at BCO have provided about 5000 meals to vulnerable people in their community. She shares a note from one grateful recipient that will melt your heart.

Coping with COVID-19: Tanya Walker

Lay leader Tanya Walker says in this time of enforced isolation we can learn much from older people.

Synod qualifies for JobKeeper payments

As of April 24, Ministers and people in placement positions can be included in the JobKeeper scheme. Here is the latest update.

Coping with COVID-19: Julie McDonald

Bethel counsellor Julie McDonald says one of the benefits of the lockdown is it has given us a chance “to think about new ways we can be together”.

Coping with COVID-19: Reuben Edmonds

Reuben Edmonds this year moved from WA to study at Pilgrim in a class full of other students. He now finds himself isolated not just from them but his family.

Coping with COVID-19: Kelly Skilton

Kelly Skilton, founder and director of youth community The Sonder Collective, reminds us "God teaches us that beautiful things can grow during times that look and feel barren".

Appeal raises record amount for people in crisis

The 2019 Food For Families appeal donated 73 tonnes of food and other essential items to people in crisis last Christmas.

An alternative to traditional Holy Communion

Rev Jennie Gordon suggests fasting, rather than feasting, can foster “a deeper spiritual appreciation” given we can’t gather as one at the table for Holy Communion at present.

How to gather in spirit, if not in person, this Anzac Day

Army chaplain Andrew Delbridge says the ban on public gatherings will dishearten many veterans but is still hopeful Saturday will be “a very positive, poignant way for people to reflect”.

Pastoral letter from the Moderator

Moderator Denise Liersch says as new considerations for ministry practice emerge, they must be matched to the cultures and contexts of our Church.

Free classes to help alleviate stress and anxiety

Rev John Tansey is conducting daily mindfulness sessions for people who may be struggling with their mental health during this pandemic.

Coping with COVID-19: Robyn Nandan

Hobart mother/grandmother Robyn Nandan is feeling acutely the isolating effects of the current lockdowns. The 72-year-old says the fact she can’t see her eldest three children is “challenging”. “I’m finding this most stressful,” she says.

Focus on human rights, disability and ethics

Experts list five groups of people most at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and give a six-point plan to ensure they are not discriminated against, as has happened overseas.

Is it OK to have Holy Communion online?

Absence makes the heart grow tender in these days of social isolation. And it also prompts the question: Is it OK to have Holy Communion online? Rev Dr Sally Douglas shares her thoughts.

Now I understand what Lent is all about

Ellaine Downie has always resisted participating in the spiritually nourishing sacrifices that precede Easter. But this year is different. “Unwillingly, I am experiencing what the disciples must have felt,” she says.

What does trusting yourself to God look like right now?

St Andrew’s Gardiner UC minister Rev Ajub Jahja reflects on the function of faith during this pandemic. “Faith is important, but so is reason,” he says.

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Alex Sangster

Rev Alex Sangster shares how St Andrews UC, Fairfield, a normally “low tech” congregation, has adjusted to church online and why she’s swapped the church building for her living room.

Coping with COVID-19: Jo Austin

Children’s support worker Jo Austin talks about her weekly Sunday FEASTs, which provide nourishment of a different kind for families, and what is the most challenging part of her job now that people are house-bound.

Moderator shares an Easter reflection

Moderator Rev Denise Liersch reminds us to look to Jesus for a way forward during this time of seismic upheaval.

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Beth Bear

What’s a “Chapel bite”? It’s one of school chaplain Rev Beth Bear’s clever innovations to help her keep in touch with the students at The Scots School, Albury.

Ellaine’s soothing song just the balm we need

Ellaine Downie has written a song which she hopes will bring people to a "quiet place to rest and pray for comfort".

Moderator says support one another and remember God is with us

Moderator Rev Denise Liersch asks us to think of Peter’s words as we struggle with the isolating and stressful effects of COVID-19.

Holy Communion temporary arrangements

The Assembly Standing Committee has approved temporary guidelines for congregations and faith communities to celebrate Holy Communion as part of online worship.

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.

Why you should ignore all that productivity pressure

Aisha Ahmad says we should "make ample room to allow for a mental adjustment" during this time of social distancing. "Given time, your brain will reset to new conditions, and your ability to do higher-level work will resume."

Letter from Moderator and General Secretary

Moderator Denise Liersch and General Secretary Mark Lawrence explain what the COVID-19 restrictions mean for church life – everything from weddings and funerals to use of church halls.

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Cameron McAdam

Rev Cameron McAdam says there was an unexpected delight from his church's first live streamed service.

Coping with COVID-19: Rev Claire Dawe

Manningham UC minister Claire Dawe speaks about how COVID-19 has affected her church and how they are worshipping online.

Letter from Moderator and General Secretary

Moderator Denise Liersch and General Secretary Mark Lawrence respond to the National Cabinet's announcement that places of worship are to be temporarily closed.