What is the Uniting Church?
The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia and the first church to be created in and of Australia. On any Sunday more than 2,500 congregations worship at a Uniting Church including many congregations that worship in languages other than English. Our churches can be found deep in the heart of our cities, or in our most isolated and outback towns. Many congregations have existed for years while others are new and worship in different ways. Even though our congregations can be vastly different, each is a community in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community and seek to live faithfully and with real joy. This is the kind of engaging church that we are.
I want to attend Church. Where will I find a local Uniting Church?
On any Sunday more than 2,500 congregations worship at a Uniting Church including many congregations that worship in languages other than English. Our churches can be found deep in the heart of our cities, or in our most isolated and outback towns. If you would like to attend a Uniting Church click on a link below to find one in your state.
What is the history of the Uniting Church?
The Uniting Church came into being on 22 June 1977, after three denominations - Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia, and the Presbyterian Church of Australia - joined together.
In uniting, the members of those bodies testified to "that unity which is both Christ's gift and will for the Church" (Basis of Union, para. 1).
Ecumenism remains a vital aspect in all of the Church's life and work - in local congregations, national commitments to work together with other churches, and relationships and partnerships with churches of various denominations in Asia and the Pacific.
What are the beliefs of the Uniting Church?
The Uniting Church's beliefs are drawn from the Bible and from the Apostles' and Nicene creeds. The Church also heeds the Reformation Witness in the Scots Confession of Faith (1647), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and the preaching of John Wesley in his Forty Four Sermons (1793). It affirms the place of ongoing theological, literary, historical and scientific study. The UCA's Basis of Union (1971) brings together aspects of these writings and traditions and sets out the church's way of living and being.
The Uniting Church confidently believes that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brings us into right relationship with God, whereby in faith we can:
- Live in a close, loving, personal, dynamic relationship with the living God;
- Participate in the worshipping, caring and serving community of Christians;
- Receive God's gifts so that life can be what God means it to be - loving, purposeful, joyful, eternal; and
- Tell others of this good news and live it out in acts of compassion, service and justice in the community.