News

The Uniting Church in Australia joins with our global church partners in expressing grave concerns over the move by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit warned the US decision to change the status of Jerusalem seriously threatened negotiations for a two-state solution and undermined the efforts of many working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

Friday, 08 December 2017

Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches has called on all Christians to unite in prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Changes to Australian marriage laws

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has appealed to Church members to continue their respectful considerations on marriage, in the wake of the Australian Parliament’s changes to the marriage laws.

In a Pastoral Statement to the Church, Mr McMillan said:

“Some members of our Church will greet this legislative change with great joy whilst others will be deeply concerned about what they see as the consequences of the change.”

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Together for Justice

Earlier this week I had the privilege to host a gathering of people engaged in social justice and advocacy across the life of the Uniting Church.

Twenty-five people representing Synods, Synod-based and national agencies came together at St Stephen’s Macquarie Street in central Sydney.

I travelled across Canada in July with a group of seven Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders.

Our group travelled as part of the Moderator of the United Church of Canada (UCC) Rev. Jordan Cantwell’s Reconciliation Dialogue.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Just #BringThemHere

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has called on the Federal Government to take moral leadership and resolve the status of refugees on Manus Island in mainland Australia.

Hundreds of men who remained in the offshore detention centre after its closure on 31 October have been transported to new facilities by Papua New Guinean authorities. Their removal follows a tense stand-off in which the men initially refused to leave.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Two Churches, Two Countries

Confucius once said: “When friends come from afar, how can one not be happy?” It is an honour for me on behalf of Uniting Church in Australia to welcome you Commissioner Mao and your delegation.

孔子讲到:有朋自远方来,不与乐乎?我很荣幸能代表澳大利亚联合教会欢迎您毛局长,和中国代表团。

I have been to China twice in 2013 and 2016. As a church organisation, our relationship with the TSPM and China Christian Council has been life-giving. We deem it of immense value. Our trips to China allowed us to experience China’s transformation as a nation, and recognize the important relationship between our two countries.

The prospect of greater scrutiny of supply chains and labour-hire contractors is welcome news, particularly to Pacific members of the Uniting Church who’ve been actively involved in providing pastoral care to temporary migrant workers.

Tongans, Fijians, and ni-Vanuatu make up the bulk of the Australian Government’s Seasonal Workers Program under which more than 4000 Pacific Islanders come to Australia to work in our $10 billion horticulture industry.

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