Like so many people around our country, I have been reeling this week from the devastating images of the sustained, institutional abuse of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. The reality that the majority of these young people are Indigenous Australians yet again confronts us with the racism that lurks so closely under the skin of our...

I recently participated in the ANZATS  - the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools - Annual Conference. This conference brings together a wide variety of academics - from vastly different denominations - speaking on various aspects of Christian theology and life. The keynote speaker this year was Rev Dr Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York...

The Richmond Uniting Church congregation was very glad to host an exhibition of art work made by people detained in the Broadmeadows Detention Centre, in our Gallery 314, over the weekend as National Refugee Week starts. So often, when there is debate about refugees and asylum seekers in political discourse, the reality that actual people - just like us - are...

In the Uniting Church we don't have hierarchies. We seek to work through decisions in a complex and powerful process of  consensus. That is, we seek to make decisions by discerning together - lay people and ordained people, old people and young people, people from regional settings and people from the city, women and men, and people from a huge variety of...

Tonight within the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania our new moderator, the Rev Sharon Hollis, will be inducted. The Uniting Church, an Australian church,was formed in 1977 when the Australian Methodist, Congregationalist and most Presbyterian churches, came together. The UC is committed to a style of leadership that is not about being dictatorial, that is not about ‘celebrity’ and...

What is spirituality? How do we connect with our spirit and divine Spirit? One of the things that Jesus is recorded as saying is that in order to get close to the energy of the divine, we need to become like a child. In an evening seminar we will investigate the ways in which understandings of children, and childhood, have varied over...

[embed]https://vimeo.com/157559270[/embed] We are thrilled to present the Richmond Churches Food Centre film. This beautiful short was filmed, scripted, edited and produced by Olwyn Jones who has wide ranging experience in the film industry. We are grateful to Olwyn. Not only did Olwyn volunteer a great deal of time to make this film, she also volunteered at the Food Centre first,...

Tomorrow across the World Wide Western church it is Ash Wednesday. This is a countercultural day because it invites us to face our mortality. A reality that many, many people work hard to ignore. Ash Wednesday also invites us to face the ways in which we are living - whether we are carrying around hate and fear, anxiety or despair to the...

As the festivities - both those that were cherished and those that were endured - come to a close and we move into the rhythm of the 'normal' year, the opportunity can present itself to consider anew what life is about. Beyond the pressures of consuming, incessant status updates and busyness, questions of the heart and the spirit can tug at...

Often in the media tragedy and violence dominate the headlines. This has the consequence of giving the false impression that kindness and compassion are rare.  This can also lead to a kind of paralysing despair for people about whether things will ever be different or whether they can be part of that change. The reality is that as well as the great...