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Ecumenical project releases revised domestic and family violence resource

James O’Callaghan profiles a Queensland Churches Together initiative aimed at addressing domestic and family violence. The statistics don’t lie: one in four Australian women will experience domestic and family violence with one death occurring as a result of a related incident per week. In response to growing incidents of domestic and family violence in our communities, Queensland Churches Together commissioned ...

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Highlights of the 16th Assembly

The first-ever online meeting for the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia took place over the weekend of 17-18 July. Rebecca Beisler reports. In two historical and joyful moments for the church, the 16th Assembly installed Rev Sharon Hollis as its third woman President and declared Rev Charissa Suli the new President-elect, the youngest and first person from a ...

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Leading with creativity and hope

When Rev Sharon Hollis was named President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia, the world was a different place. It was pre-COVID-19. Before mandatory check-ins, the ubiquitous hand sanitiser, the mask-wearing emoji and we all got used to WFH.  On 17 July, Sharon will be installed as President of the UCA, the third women to hold the post and the ...

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Christmas Bowl celebrates 70 years

The Christmas Bowl has been a Christmas tradition for Australian churches for seven decades, a reminder that Christians can change the world when we act together for peace. Journey reports. It’s been 70 years since Rev Frank Byatt placed an empty bowl on the Christmas dinner table, asking his congregation to support refugees in war-ravaged Europe by making “a generous ...

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Being a safe church is everyone’s business

Rev John Cox, inaugural Director of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Safe Church Unit, talks to Journey about his new role. John previously served as Executive Officer of the National Royal Commission Response and Engagement Task Group, the group that guided the Uniting Church’s national response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. What is ...

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Stories with soul: Meeting Meredith Lake

Dr Kerrie Handasyde, adjunct lecturer at Pilgrim Theological College, talks to ABC presenter Dr Meredith Lake about her award-winning history of the Bible in Australia and the upcoming Uniting Church National History Conference. Meredith Lake knows how to tell a story with soul. She’s the presenter of Soul Search on Radio National, the award-winning author of The Bible in Australia: ...

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In the simple act of sharing, love is re-born

The Christmas Bowl is an annual tradition for many Australian congregations and individuals, sharing the Christmas message through supporting people in need across the world. Jess Xavier from Act for Peace reminds us of this enduring legacy of hope. It was 1949. Millions of refugees were starving in war-ravaged Europe. And as Frank Byatt, a young minister in Victoria looked ...

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Aussie psalmist helped shape an Aussie church

Rev Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church minister and nationally acclaimed wordsmith passed away in Sunbury on 11 September at the age of 87 years. Bruce’s passion for writing contemporary, ecumenical liturgy grounded in the Australian context influenced generations of Christians from the 1970s to the present day. For the young Uniting Church, his distinctive voice helped articulate what it meant to ...

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What to expect from the 15th Assembly

Uniting Church members from around Australia will come together in prayerful community at Box Hill Town Hall in July for the 15th Assembly meeting. Matt Pulford reports on the issues in focus for the church. On 8 July, members of the 15th Assembly will install Dr Deidre Palmer as president, the second woman in the history of the church to ...

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