Monday, 08 January 2018

For the sake of humanity

President Stuart McMillan reflects on the importance of friendship with people of other faiths in 2018.

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Leigh Memorial Church, Parramatta Mission brought together people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds to celebrate Jesus’ birth and the peaceful world God envisions for us all.

Faith and cultural leaders as well as members of the wider community gathered for the third annual Christmas Peace Dinner on December 2.

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Interfaith learning in Indonesia

April Robinson from VIC/TAS Synod's Uniting through Faiths has returned from an interfaith youth leadership program in Indonesia. This is her reflection. 

Last month, 35 people from 14 countries and regions gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training in Religious Amity). I attended on behalf of the Uniting Church.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017

A Message of Peace

A film depicting how St Francis of Assisi met with the Sultan of Egypt at the height of the crusades highlights how interfaith encounters might lead to peace and understanding today.

About 500 people of different faiths attended the premiere of the docudrama The Sultan and the Saint at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus on 29 July.

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The Islamophobia Report released this week revealed many disturbing things.  

Researchers analysed 243 verified reports to the Islamophobia Register. Of those reports, 67.7 per cent of the victims were women while 68.5 per cent of the perpetrators were men.

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In a sign of solidarity and friendship with the Australian Muslim community, the Uniting Church will co-host Iftar dinners in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during Ramadan this year.

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan offered his good wishes to all Muslims for a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Road to Interfaith

Uniting Church members have a role to play in combating religious and cultural division in the wider community.

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Report from Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations

“Religious values and the value of religion” was the theme of a national interfaith forum attended by 100 Australians from diverse faith backgrounds at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 22 February.

 Hosted by the Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO), the forum provided a space for Christians from various denominations, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahá’ís and others to come together to explore the value of religion and the place of religious values in our diverse society. Representatives from government, academia and the media also attended.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Support for Australian Muslim leaders

The Uniting Church in Australia affirms its friendship and ongoing collaboration with the Muslim community after three Australian Islamic leaders were targeted in an ISIS propaganda video.

In the video the terrorist group condemns Islamic scholars from around the world for discouraging violence in the name of Islam, including the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, NSW Police Force chaplain Sheikh Ahmed Abdo and youth leader Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, Fairfax Media reported.

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

2014 Christmas Message

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14)

On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate this day; Jesus, the incarnation of God.

Download the video message here.

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