Ruminations is the quarterly journal of the Uniting Church NSW & ACT Synod’s Rural Ministry Unit.  It is circulated to all rural congregations and ministers in NSW, a number of people in Synod and Assembly roles with an interest in or responsibility for rural ministry, and approximately 100 other people who offer financial support to the Unit, including 30 from other states and several in New Zealand and Canada.  The journal addresses issues and events of interest to rural people and rural congregations.  It seeks to support, resource and enthuse members and Ministers of rural churches in their ministries.

To find out more about the Rural Ministry Unit, click here.

Current Issue – August 2016

Please click on the image below to download the current issue of

Ruminations – August 2016 | PDF | 28 pages | 5.34 MB |



















Previous Issue – April 2016

Please click on the image below to download the previous issue of

Ruminations – April 2016 | PDF | 36 pages | 2.66 MB |














Archival Catalogue

A catalogue of previous issues of Ruminations can be found on the Riverina Presbytery website.  Please click on the link provided below to access this:



Publication History

Ruminations was first published in 1985.  The Editor for the first 25 years was Bruce Irvine, then a farmer at Narromine.  Issues Nos 101 to 108 were edited by Ross Neville, Resource Minister in the Upper Hunter region and former Rural Consultant with the NSW Board of Mission.  Issue 109 was edited by Rural Chaplains Julie Greig and Sue Chapman. The current issue was guest edited by Rev Karyn Burchell-Thomas, Presbytery Minister in Macquarie Darling Presbytery and Chairperson of the RMU Committee.




If you would like to donate to Ruminations, you can do so via bank transfer or cheque.

By bank transfer:

Account Name: UCA–NSW Rural Ministry Unit
BSB: 634-634
Account Number: 100038308
Payment Reference: “Ruminations-Your Name” and then
e-mail: to confirm your payment.


By cheque:

Please post your cheque to:
Attn: UME Accounts, Veena Hariharan
16 Masons Drive



More Information:


Bruce Irvine |


RMU Chairperson:

Karyn Burchell-Thomas |


UME Rural Ministry Consultant:

Mark Faulkner |