An enduring Christmas gift
Toys, food hampers and other gifts will brighten the lives of thousands of people who will be embraced by the caring ministries of Wesley Mission this Christmas. A swag of volunteers will be serving Christmas lunch to the lonely and disadvantaged. Older Australians will get a much-welcomed visit, and the homeless will gather to give [...]
After the disaster, comes the recovery
When it comes to disaster welfare in NSW, the Synod of NSW and the ACT is never shy in stepping up to the role of providing ecumenical chaplaincy to evacuation and recovery centres. This vital support is organised through the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network. Coordinated by Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson, four Uniting Church ministers, [...]
All I Want for Christmas
A candid look at the year that was and will be. Within each of us are personal hopes and aspirations for a healthy, safe and prosperous new year for all humankind. What’s on your Christmas list this year? We asked the Moderator and his colleagues to reflect on the year that was and the [...]
Philipines Typhoon appeal
Our prayers are with our partners and the people of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck last Friday, killing, injuring and displacing thousands of people and destroying whole communities.
From the screenwriters who delivered the gem 500 Days of Summer a couple of years ago, The Spectacular Now is a film that requires some time to process…
Twenty-seven years since Carrie first hit our screens she is back in a remake that unfortunately doesn’t do much more than repeat the previous film and offers precious little new insight…
The theme of immortality would be interesting if it perhaps were fleshed out even a little. Does Wolverine want to outlive everybody or not? Does he care. We are given no real reason to ponder his predicament. He doesn’t, so why should we?
It is refreshing, however, to see a film which is built around two central, complicated female characters…
Nitpicks aside, perhaps the biggest surprise of the film is there is some genuinely emotional scenes among the mayhem…
The Rev. Graham Horsley, The British Methodist Church’s Planting Coordinator, says, “The greatest challenge facing those involved in church planting today is reaching people for whom institutional church is totally irrelevant.” The Church’s mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every generation. But the rapidly expanding part of our generation finds the [...]
My desk calendar has just offered me the following conundrum: “If shared problems lessen the burden, how come we get so upset in a traffic jam?” The appropriateness of the theme of the April 2013 Synod gathering: “Uniting for the Common Good” seems self-evident. It fits neatly with our ethos of welcoming and hospitality. It [...]
Have you ever been called into deeper water? In this life, every time we make a change, take a step, move in a new direction, that’s deeper water.