Have you ever wanted to ask a minister, or someone who is a part of a Jesus community, a question or have a conversation with them about life, the universe and everything? This Saturday morning, the 7 November, people from RUC are going to be at the Gleadell Street Market in Richmond and here there will be space to find out...

This coming Sunday, 1 November, is All Saint’s Day. The origins of this sacred time, and of Halloween, are disputed and will probably continue to be disputed. However, what is clear from early church evidence is that the first followers of Jesus often did stand out in their communities because of their conviction that death was not the final word. This coming Sunday...

A few decades ago, it would have been expected that you would go to church. This was the culturally respectable thing to do and the only issue in dominant Western society was which ‘brand’ of Christianity you were part of (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox etc). The question of why you would go to church wouldn’t have really come up – everyone...

At Richmond Uniting we are passionate about trying to give space for the questions of real life, faith and doubt. This coming Thursday we are having a workshop exploring what prayer is not, what prayer might be and how we might do it. There will be space for your questions and some good discussion. Everyone is welcome   Thursday 8 October 7:30pm - 9pm @ RUC...

St Francis is a guy who I would love to have a long, simple, lunch with. He went from riches to rags, by choice. When he experienced Christ speaking to him Francis’ listened and followed and chose to live in a radically new way. Much to his family’s consternation he rejected his wealth and status, started caring for lepers and called followers of...

The sacred text of the bible is sometimes used as a weapon. This likely comes as no surprise. Humans have an awesome capacity for good and we also have a huge capacity for hurting one another. We see this reality in the way in which we humans engage with the world around us. The internet is being used to build community, inspire...

Olive oil is good for our health we are told by health professionals. Last Sunday at church we shared in olive oil, not to dip bread into or to cook with it, but to be anointed with. This is yet another way that olive oil can be good for our health. We were engaging with an ancient practice, something that people in first...

The very early church was not powerful, it did not own properties. It did not have exclusive hierarchies. Indeed its whole understanding of hierarchies was upside down: leaders were to be servants and no one person was better than another. All are included by Christ says Paul: whether slave or free, male or female, Jew or Gentile (Gal 3:28). These...

In the early church, across various communities, Jesus was celebrated in the language and imagery of the female divine, Woman Wisdom. This evidence is found in the bible and is affirmed by various early church writers. Biblical scholars increasingly recognise the evidence of this in the New Testament. However, this startling reality is often not discussed beyond academic circles in churches or...

I wonder what images come to mind when you hear someone described as a person of faith? I get the impression that many people assume that people of faith have put on faith like they would put on a raincoat: faith is seen as some kind of anorak of ignorance that (vainly) seeks to shield people from suffering or to block...