In the ancient Psalm we read the words ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46.10). To be still, and enter into silence, can feel very uncomfortable, especially in our loud world that values busyness and productivity so highly. However, daring to enter into stillness can create the space for both greater authenticity and for healing. If you...

Watch TV or film and you could be given the impression that prayer is about bargaining with some unpredictable God, reciting a ‘shopping list of doom’ that lists all the things wrong in the world, or that prayer is about positive thinking, in which it is only permissible to praise God while denying suffering. Authentic prayer is not about these things....

An Awareness Examen can be used daily. It is a prayer practice, drawn from St Ignatius, that invites us to become aware of what is really going on within. It has three movements. You can engage in this practice for a couple of minutes or 10 minutes each day. Here are the 3 basic steps: Become still and open to God’s presence....

At Richmond Uniting Church we stand in solidarity with all those who seek to care for the earth. This is because we understand the earth as the Divine's good creation. This is not some simplistic literalist understanding of the earth being made in 6 days. The biblical text makes it clear that creation stories are not meant to be understood literally,...

When people find out that I am a minister (and not the political kind) often their first question is 'what do you do?' Do you lead worship /mass/ services on Sundays? Often people struggle for the words to describe this. I answer that I do. Then sometimes, the next question people ask is 'but what do you do on the other...

In worship at Richmond Uniting we seek to create space for authentic, transformative worship of the Divine who comes to us in Jesus and reaches out to us in Spirit. We take the bible seriously, not literally, as we wrestle with what it means to walk the way of Jesus. We explore this sacred text in context: in the contexts in which...

The Uniting Church was birthed in Australia as the Congregationalists, Methodists and Presbyterians came together in June 1977. The journey to union took time, debate and deep discernment.  The reason the Uniting Church is called 'Uniting' rather than 'United' is because this work is not finished.  Our church yearns for - and seeks to work towards  - the world wide Christian...

Whether or not you attend worship regularly, you may have some familiarity with what is called 'The Lord's Prayer'. It is often shared in wedding services and funeral services.  It is prayed - or recited - at Parliament House each day that Parliament sits, and it is prayed during worship in churches around the world, across Christian traditions, wherever Jesus communities...

Evidence indicates that in the early Jesus movement worship was often shared in homes, and holy communion, Eucharist, the sharing in bread and wine in Jesus' name, was shared over a meal in this home based worship. At RUC we are re-engaging with this ancient practice on the first Sunday in Advent, Sunday 29th November. We will be breaking with more 'modern'...

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...