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In the Uniting Church in Australia, there are 185 congregations and faith communities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The UCA has more than 220 CALD ministers. Across the Church, 25 different languages are spoken. There are 12 National Conferences which support congregations of the same culture in their life within the Uniting Church.

Cultural diversity within the Uniting Church is increasing.  

The Uniting Church National Conferences provide opportunities for people of the same culture to meet together for worship, fellowship and development. They:

  1. Faciliate congregational networking and cooperative discussion so they can address issues and celebrate good news within the life of congregations and its people. 
  2. Provide opportunites to learn and reflect on how to engage and develop ministry and mission within the life of their congregations and the broader Uniting Church.
  3. Develop the next generation and nurture the young people in leadership and growth. 

The National Conferences enable the voices of different communities to be heard and make a distinctive contribution to the life of the Uniting Church.

In 1987, the Tongan National Conference became the first national conference. In 2016 we welcomed the formation of the Middle Eastern National Conference.

There are now 12 National Conferences: Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Indonesian, Korean, Tamil, Chinese, South Sudanese, Filipino, Niuean, Vietnamese and Middle East. The conferences vary in size and each conference decides when and how often they will meet.

Contact details and meeting dates of each National Conference are listed below.

Tongan National Conference: meets annually in June over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in NSW.
Contact: Rev. Jason Kioa
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Website: http://www.tongannationalconference.com/

Fijian National Conference: meets every three years. The next meeting is in 2018. 
Contact: Jone Lotu
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Indonesian National Conference: meets every two years. The next meeting will take place from 5-7 May 2017 in Perth.
Contact: Rev. Ciptomartalu Sapangi
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Samoan National Conference: meets every three years with leaders meeting annually. The last meeting of the full conference took place in October 2017. 
Contact: Rev Sani Vaeluaga
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Vietnamese National Conference: meets every two years. Next meeting is in 2017.
Contact: Rev Ha Le
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Filipino National Conference: meets every three years. Next meeting will be in 2017.
Contact: Gabby Ocampo
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Chinese National Conference: meets every two years. Next meeting will be in 2017.
Contact: Tony Lai
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Korean National Conference: meets every two years with a Ministers retreat on the alternate year. 
Chairperson: Rev Steve Man Heui Lee 
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Niue National Conference: meets every year. 
Contact: Rev Matagi Vilitama 
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South Sudanese National Conference: meets every three years. The next meeting will be 22-24 September 2017.
Contact: Moses Leth (QLD) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Middle East National Conference: Held for the first time on 17 September 2016 in Sydney, NSW. 
Contact: Levon Kardashian
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Tamil National Conference: is discussing dates for their next meeting. 

Lent Event is UnitingWorld's call to individuals and Churches to embrace simple living, to give up something from daily life and donate the money saved to support clean water, justice, peace and Christian Leadership projects.

They have excellent resources to guide congregations and individuals through the 40 days of Lent including videos, reflections, action ideas, group resources, fundraising ideas and resources to become a Lent Event Coordinator.

Sign up or download resources on the Lent Event website. 

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