Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - Rebecca Beisler

Rebecca Beisler

Around 200 people of different faiths from across the nation gathered online to pray for lasting peace, 75 years to the day after a single nuclear weapon wreaked mass destruction on the city of Hiroshima.

The Uniting Church co-hosted the virtual interfaith service in partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to remember the devastation and lives lost in the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Representatives from Christian Churches and organisations across Australia joined an online roundtable to explore new areas of collaboration among Churches in a faith-led response to sustainability and climate change.

The virtual forum was coordinated by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) on 29 July recognising the common and deep calling among Christians of all denominations to care for God’s creation.

Rev. Tim Matton-Johnson, from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) in Tasmania, was the opening speaker for the roundtable offering a First Nations perspective on how we might respond to climate change.

The Australian Government’s Pacific Step-Up initiative aims to change the way Australia engages in the Pacific region, strengthening partnerships and enhancing commitments to help address the challenges facing Pacific people.

UnitingWorld has been consulting with Pacific partners and the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) on recommendations to guide genuine engagement and listening.

The Uniting Church Assembly in partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will host an online interfaith service on 6 August marking 75 years since the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

The horrific explosions resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and countless injuries. The impacts are still felt today, with many survivors requiring ongoing care. 

Around 100 people across the Uniting Church participated in the first in a series of webinars looking at how COVID-19 has challenged and changed us as the church.

Presented by the Assembly Resourcing Unit and the Being a Multicultural Church Circle, the webinar on 9 July explored the topic “Church Post-Covid-19: Ecclesiological, Missiological, Historical and CALD Perspectives”. You can find the recording below. 

An invitation from the ARU team to join us on Zoom.


Monday 24 August 6:00 PM  
Monday 31 August 6:00 PM  
Thursday 3 September 6:00PM  
Monday 7 September 6:00PM  
Thursday 17 September 6:00PM  
Monday 21 September 6: 00PM  

 COVID-19 has impacted us all differently, but for many in ministry across the Church it’s been a challenging time, and it’s not over yet.

Uniting Church members are encouraged to support a campaign urging the Federal Government to ensure children seeking asylum in Australia are not left homeless and hungry by the impacts of COVID-19.

In Australia there are around 16,000 children in families seeking protection. For many of those children, their parents or carers have lost work as a result of the pandemic and have been left with no income and no support.

Assembly Associate General Secretary Rob Floyd, Chairperson of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) encouraged Uniting Church members to join others around the country calling on the Government to step in and offer support.

“This week, as we face the awful news of Melbourne returning to lockdown, we are reminded that going back to work is just not possible for many Australians. For many the financial impact will continue to be devastating and long lasting,” said Mr Floyd.

This Refugee Week from 14-20 June, Australians are encouraged to help make Australia a more welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers with the theme “Celebrating the Year of Welcome.”

The Uniting Church in Australia has outlined a set of principles and key actions that will guide the way to a better future as Australia recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

“They showed us unusual kindness”

The theme for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes from verse 28:2 in the Book of Acts. When the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked off the island of Malta, the local people greeted him with welcome and care. Paul reciprocates the kindness and compassion shown by the Maltese people, and we too are called to greater generosity for those in need.

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