During their meeting in Brisbane, climate change and nuclear disarmament were two major issues. Uniting Church Disaster Recovery Chaplain Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson provided a briefing on the unprecedented bushfire season Australia had just experienced, while visitors from the Pacific Islands also shared on both the impacts on climate change in their region and the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing across Oceania.
Dr Palmer shared the Uniting Church’s stance on nuclear disarmament and our recent participation in work to bring about the total prohibition of nuclear weapons. She also spoke of work being undertaken nationally, regionally and locally across the UCA in addressing climate change.
The conversation then touched on our shared commitment for justice and human rights to be upheld for the indigenous peoples of West Papua, where some of the work of UnitingWorld with our partner church in West Papua was shared.
Rev. Gunilla bought greetings from the Church of Sweden, a Lutheran Church, and shared some of the work her Church is undertaking in these areas as well.
Dr Palmer presented the visitors with the UCA’s “Vision for a Just Australia” as well as a copy of the UCA-Uniting Church Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Covenant.
The meeting concluded with a commitment to continue to share resources and work together wherever possible on these important issues that are impacting across the world.