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Leading the fight against leprosy

Lay preacher Merrill Cole and the Eaglehawk Uniting Church congregation are working hard to support education around leprosy in countries like Nigeria.

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Digging deep to help others

The St Luke's congregation in Mount Waverley lives out the ethos of Faithful Giving by lending a hand to those in need.
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Pray that peace prevails

In his February Crosslight magazine column, Moderator Rev David Fotheringham urges us to pray during Lent for a just peace in the Middle East.
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Helen leads list of honours

Tasmania's Helen Geard is among a number of Victorian and Tasmanian Uniting Church members recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours List released by the Governor-General.
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Moderator’s Christmas message

"In a world that needs community, compassion and justice, Jesus shows us how to lean into that with humility, faithfulness and love," says Moderator Rev David Fotheringham.
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Uniting continues to care

As Christmas looms, the wonderful work done by Uniting to support families comes sharply into focus.
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That’s a wrap for Synod 2023

Uniting Church members from throughout Victoria and Tasmania gathered in Melbourne last month for four days of discernment, discussion and connection as part of Synod 2023.
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Listen for the call from God

In his regular Crosslight magazine column, Moderator Rev David Fotheringham asks us to be still and listen to God's call.
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Synod 2023 day four recap

Synod 2023 has come to a close today, following four days of discussion around important issues facing the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.
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Synod 2023 day three recap

Adopting a health-based approach to drug use, and supporting the concept of secure work were proposals adopted today on day three of Synod 2023.
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Synod 2023 day two recap

The announcement of Rev Salesi Faupula as Moderator-elect, a Tributes Service, a number of proposals, and the opportunity for members to explore a range of issues were all part of day two of Synod 2023.
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Moderator-elect announced

Rev Salesi Faupula has been confirmed today as Moderator-elect of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, and will fill the role of Moderator from 2025-2028.
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Synod 2023 day one recap

Day one of Synod 2023 featured Opening Worship, Bible studies, a number of reports and a presentation from Moderator-elect nominee Rev Salesi Faupula.
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Service calls for peace

Moderator David Fotheringham joined other Church leaders on Friday in a service of peace, prayers and meditations in the wake of recent conflict in the Middle East.
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Environment right for change

Koonung Heights Uniting Church has joined a long list of churches being recognised for their environmental achievements.
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Opening the door to faith

Anne Pate and her husband Alister are building a strong community of faith at Northcote Uniting Church.
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Statement on the Voice

National President Rev Sharon Hollis and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress National Interim Chair Rev Mark Kickett have issued a statement folliowng the rejection on Saturday of an indigenous Voice to Parliament.
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Prayer on the Voice

Uniting Church President Rev Sharon Hollis has written a prayer that can be used in worship on Sunday and beyond following the referendum on an indigenous Voice to Parliament.
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Future in focus at Synod 2023

General Secretary Rev Dr Mark Lawrence is encouraging Uniting Church members to embrace Synod 2023 from November 18-21.
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Speaking up for the Voice

Moderator David Fotheringham recently joined other faith leaders at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne to affirm the Synod's support for the October 14 referendum on an indigenous Voice to Parliament.
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Church thrives in regions

In his regular Crosslight magazine column, Moderator David Fotheringham reflects on a recent trip around western Victoria, which again showed the wonderful work being done by Uniting Church members.
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Nia embraces youth role

Nia Lavaki is looking forward to an engaging journey focusing on promoting youth and multicultural ministry as part of the equipping Leadership for Mission team in Parkville.
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The science of song

Uniting Church members Rev Dr Peter Blackwood and Geoffrey Grinton will take centre stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre next month.
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Honours for UC members

A number of Uniting Church members have been recognised in this year's King's Birthday Honours List for their outstanding community service.
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Putting faith into action

As we enter winter, an annual Uniting Vic.Tas appeal is helping many people deal with unexpected hardship.
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Break down the barriers

In his Crosslight magazine column, Moderator David Fotheringham tells us of what can be achieved through faith when barriers are broken down.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Warm welcome for refugees

Swan Hill Uniting Church congregation members are opening their hearts to refugees from Afghanistan.
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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.
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Awards honour long service

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

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

Author Meredith Lake believes questioning the messages we’ve inherited from a colonial Bible is central to understanding our faith.
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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.
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Synod 2022 day three recap

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

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

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

Inclusion and diversity will be front and centre when the Sacrededge Festival returns to Queenscliff this month.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Peace of mind in music

Music is providing much-needed relief to people living with dementia, including those in Uniting AgeWell facilities.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New lessons learnt during lockdown

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

Easter Sunday was an appropriate day on which to welcome new life, in the form of Kew Uniting Church.
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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."
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Online Synod Meeting a winner

Organising the first ever online Synod Meeting presented plenty of challenges, but those responsible succeeded with fantastic teamwork.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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".
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Help Philippines residents hit hard by typhoons

Philippines residents need our support after the country was rocked by two major typhoons in November.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Coping with COVID-19: Tanya Walker

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