Thursday, 11 October 2018

Comment on religious freedom

President Dr Deidre Palmer provided the following response to Fairfax Media yesterday after a request for comment about the recommendations of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom.

“The Uniting Church’s position, as conveyed to the Ruddock Review, is that any exceptions or exemptions for discrimination by religious organisations, should be limited in scope, and only as is required in order to maintain the integrity and existence of the religious organisation.”

“Our Church’s position is that every person is equal before the law and before God. Any permission given to religious organisations that allows them to discriminate on the basis of religious belief must be carefully balanced against the rights of people to be free from discrimination.

Published in News
Tuesday, 09 October 2018

National Apology Prayer

President Dr Deidre Palmer has written to members of the Uniting Church in Australia ahead of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Monday 22 October.


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ in our Uniting Church,

The 22nd of October 2018 is an important day in the life of our nation and our Church.

Published in News
Friday, 05 October 2018

Weaving Wisdom and Wonder

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached on Luke 8:1-3 and 24 at the Closing Worship of the 3rd UnitingWomen conference in Brisbane on 30 September 2018.

Published in Speeches
Monday, 10 September 2018

President's Sermon at WA Synod

Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Opening Worship of the 42nd annual Synod meeting of the Uniting Church in Western Australia.

Published in Speeches
Friday, 31 August 2018

15th ASC holds first meeting

Members of the Fifteenth Assembly Standing Committee met for the first time in Sydney from 23-25 August.

President Dr Deidre Palmer led opening worship with Rev. Fie Marino. The President preached on Ephesians 4: 1-16 Unity in the Body of Christ and communion was offered.

Published in News
Friday, 31 August 2018

President's sermon at ASC

The Ministry of the Body of Christ

Readings: Ephesians 4:1-16 Unity in the Body of Christ

Published in Speeches
Thursday, 16 August 2018

A Christian response to racism

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has called on Australians to respond with love, hospitality and inclusion to a surge in anti-immigration rhetoric in Australian public life.

Published in News

Members of the Uniting Church’s 15th Assembly have returned home to share the news of the landmark decisions made at the 15th triennial meeting.

Over seven days from 8-14 July, more than 260 Assembly members shared prayer, worship and Bible studies with ecumenical and interfaith friends, church partners and each other.

Published in News
Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Abundant Grace Liberating Hope

President-Elect Dr Deidre Palmer has announced her chosen theme for the 15th Assembly.

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