There has been some recent discussion, and misinformation, about the Uniting Church in the national media. That a journalist would misrepresent people of religion is not a new phenomenon. Within the context of this episode of hurtful mis-information, I am grateful to our President Dr Deidre Palmer for clarifying the unity and diversity within the Uniting Church: https://crosslight.org.au/2019/05/27/uca-reaffirms-same-gender-marriage-stance/. In line with Uniting...

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...

Last year during the national debate about Marriage Equality in Australia, Richmond Uniting Church Council voted to display posters supporting marriage equality out the front of our church.  This decision was made knowing that not all Uniting Church’s shared this view, but out of the deep concern that some Christian churches were claiming to speak for all Christians, as they...

Maundy Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm in the courtyard Leaning into the story of the night Jesus was betrayed Good Friday 30th March 2018 at 9am Gathering at the foot of the scandalous cross Ecumenical Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 10.30am Beginning in Citizens’ Park, Church Street, we will walk together Easter Day Sunday 1st April at 10am Celebrating the wonder of the Divine’s...

  I love being in ministry in Richmond. It is not just because the Tigers have been my team since I was a child. It is not just because being located in the inner city means that  you get to mix with a wildly diverse group of people; artists, people seeking asylum, academics, people who are homeless, retired people and students. I also love...

At the moment we are facing a variety of complex debates in our society. Just to name two, debates about Euthanasia and Marriage Equality are continuing to incite passion and cause pain. In both these debates the term ‘Christian’ is used and misused, by individuals and lobby groups, as well as by some in the media.  This misuse occurs when it...

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...

At Richmond Uniting as we journey to Christmas, we are inviting people to to write their prayers in chalk on our stairs: the Prayer Stairs. All kinds of people have been responding to this invitation and now our stairs are covered in prayers. There are prayers for the planet, for loved ones, for peace, for happiness, for no wars, for a...

When I was 17 I went to my first NCYC, a big national youth convention, hosted by the Uniting Church. It was amazing to travel from Victoria to Queensland with a diverse range of people, and once there, to hang out with some two thousand other young people who were also interested in the Jesus way. Here there was space to talk...

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...