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It is widely recognised that those most at risk in the emerging environmental crisis are not those who belong to land and cultures which are economically privileged.

It is usually the poor, those without a powerful voice and the most vulnerable. They are often the least responsible for the effects of climate change and are dependent on those responsible for climate change to own and fulfil their moral and ethical responsibility to the environment.

 TNC Youth Rally in Brisbane June 2019

 

Tongan National Conference 2019

 

Resources and Information which may be of interest to Attenders

Greetings from the Assembly! We have gathered together here a number of resources which may be of interest to attenders at the Tongan National Conference. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the members of the Assembly Resourcing Unit Team who you met at the Conference:

Taki ‘o e Timi ngaue ‘a e ARU / Assembly Resourcing Unit Team Leader:

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Kau Ngaue ‘o e Assembly / National Consultants:

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You might also want to contact other members of our Assembly Resourcing Unit:

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Ngaahi naunau he lea fakatonga moe ngaahi me'a mahu'inga 'ae Siasi.
Resources in Tongan Language and Other Important Documents
 

Ngaahi pepa ngaue mahu'inga 'ae Siasi fakatahataha.
Important UCA Documents

Ngaahi naunau ki he ngaahi houa lotu 'ae Siasi.
Resources for Worship

Ngaahi naunau mahu'inga 'ae Siasi 'o fekau'aki moe ngaahi tu'utu'uni fekau'aki moe ngaahi matakali 'i he Siasi.
Other Resources of Interest and UCA Multicultural Policy Documents

Koe ngaahi ongoongo moe ngaahi talanoa mahu'inga fakamuimui taha 'ae Siasi.
Recent UCA News Stories which may be of Interest

In January 2019, around 120 young adults, including a large number from the Tongan National Conference, gathered together for a fabulous opportunity to learn and grow in their faith, in their knowledge of the Uniting Church and in their leadership within the Church and the wider world. See some of the stories from NYALC 2019: 

Koe konifelenisi ‘a e to’utupu ‘e fai ‘I Sanuali he 2021 ‘I Atelaite. Toe vakai mai kihe peesi’ni ‘a anai ‘ange ki he faka’iki’iki ‘a e polokalama ha maau ‘a e kau ngaue ‘a e Assembly.
The next NYALC will be held in January 2021, probably in the same venue near Adelaide. Stay tuned for more details!


Kapau ‘oku ‘i ai ha’o fehu’i pea ke fetu’utaki mai ‘o fakafonu ‘a e foomu ‘i lalo.
Questions and Feedback Form

'Oku mau fiefia ke tali lelei ha’o poupou pe tokoni kihe ngaue ‘a e Assembly. Malo Aupito.
If you would like to give some input directly to the Assembly Resourcing Unit, or to ask a question about anything you have heard about at the TNC2019 or read about on this page, please feel free to use the form below.

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It was great to see you at the Tongan National Conference 2019. See you next year!

That the Assembly resolve:

(a) To publicly express concern about the conditions seasonal workers are experiencing in Australia.

(b) To advocate for the compassionate treatment of people trapped in situations of exploitation so that they can regularise their status in Australia.

(c) To write to the Federal Minister responsible for the Seasonal Workers Program to express our support for the requests made by Pacific Island members at the Strathfield-Homebush Service of Lament on 14th April 2018.

(d) To request the Assembly Resourcing Unit, together with appropriate Synod personnel, to:

    i. establish networks that acknowledge and support the pastoral work of those in the UCA ministering to these vulnerable people;

    ii. raise awareness across the Uniting Church of conditions for seasonal workers, particularly in vulnerable communities; and

iii. work ecumenically and with civil society partners in Australia and the Pacific to improve pastoral support for seasonal workers coming to Australia.

National Presbytery Ministers Conference 2019

Your Assembly Survival Guide

 

Our Vision for a Just Australia

A statement that expresses the Uniting Church’s hope for Australia as a just, compassionate and inclusive nation.

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Climate Action

Support the Global Climate Strike September 20, 2019 

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President’s Conference Fiji – Statement

 

Covenanting

Acknowledgement of Country Poster

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Covenanting and Your Presbytery - We’d like to support your presbytery to have a conversation about the UCA journey with First Peoples and particularly the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

Stuart McMillan
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Intercultural and Intergenerational Ministry

We are a multicultural church – 1985 statement

Our National Conferences

Resources in languages other than English

Intercultural and Intergenerational workshops – Rev Charissa Suli and Rev Dr Apwee Ting are available to run workshops for Presbyteries in better understanding and providing ministry in intercultural and intergenerational settings.

Rev Charissa Suli
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Rev Dr Apwee Ting
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Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Programs

Resolution from the 15 Assembly committing the UCA to pastoral support for seasonal workers. Read more

Presbyteries that would like more information about how they can reach out to migrant workers can contact Rev Dr Apwee Ting.

Rev Dr Apwee Ting
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Assembly Strategic Plan

A survey seeking your input will be live through the month of September 2019.

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Assembly Agencies

UnitingCare Australia

Frontier Services

UnitingWorld

 

Standards for Ministries

Admission of Ministers from other Denominations/Ministry of Pastor/ Phase 3 & 4/Chaplaincy

If you have any concerns, thoughts or suggestions about the areas relating to Standards for Ministries please fill out the form below.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Assembly Communications Officer

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia is seeking a person with excellent writing and editorial skills and a passion for digital media for the role of Communications Officer.

The team that supports the communication and marketing objectives of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT needs a new Digital Marketing Coordinator.

The successful applicant will take ownership of creating and maintaining communication across key websites and social media channels, creating lots of written content and assisting with the strategic role out of organisation-wide plans and initiatives.

This is a collection of resources from the President's Conference 2019, including interviews and papers from keynote presenters and material presented over the week. 

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For the Whole Creation in Fiji

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

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Too late for justice? Disappearing Islands, Migration and Climate Justice, by Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll

A summary of the keynote presentations by Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll on the theme of climate-induced migration. 

It is widely recognised that those most at risk in the emerging environmental crisis are not those who belong to land and cultures which are economically privileged. It is usually the poor, those without a powerful voice and the most vulnerable. They are often the least responsible for the effects of climate change and are dependent on those responsible for climate change to own and fulfil their moral and ethical responsibility to the environment.

The impact of climate change is anticipated to displace up to 250 million people worldwide by 2050. READ MORE

 

VIDEOS

Relational and Inclusive Justice - Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll

Rev. Dr. Seforosa Carroll describes the reality for people in the Pacific whose homes will be lost to climate change and reflects on how the Church can respond. She explains what is meant by relational and inclusive justice.


"The Ocean is our Home" Rev. James Bhagwan

Keynote speaker Rev. James Bhagan speaks about the self-determination of people in the Pacific, the impacts of climate change and the role of the Church to speak truth to power.


Every creature under heaven - Rev. Dr Vicky Balabanski

 Bible Study Leader Rev. Dr Vicky Balabanski shares from her reading of Colossians, the understanding of Christ as being connected with and sustainer of all creation.


 A Message from the Pacific Women of the UCA

UCA women from Pacific cultural backgrounds share a message from the President's Conference in Fiji. 


President's Message from Fiji

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer reflects on the week from Fiji sharing the highlights, the friendships made and the inspiration to share Christ's abundant grace and liberating hope.


 

BACKGROUND - FURTHER READING 

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed concern for the wellbeing of our planet in: 

 The Statement to the Nation (1977)

 The Rights of Nature and the Rights of Future Generations (1991 Assembly Resolution 91.14.18)

 Tuvalu and the impact of Global Warming (2003 Assembly Resolution 03.18.01)

 Global Warming and its Impact on Pacific Nations (2006 Assembly Resolution 06.21.04)

 For the Sake of the Planet and all its People: A Uniting Church in Australia Statement on Climate Change (2006 Assembly Standing Committee Resolution 06.101.01, 06.101.02 and 06.101.03)

 An Economy of Life: Re-imagining human progress for a flourishing world (2009 Assembly Resolution 09.21.01 and 09.21.02)

 For the Whole Creation (2018 Assembly Resolution 18.12.01)

 Assembly Strategic Plan

 

OTHER DOCUMENTS

 Tokatoka Declaration on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

 ACT Alliance public statement on climate change in the Pacific region

 Statement of Faith and Spiritual Leaders on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference

 Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth The Wuppertal Call

 Roadmap for Congregations, Communities, and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice

 Indigenous peoples uniquely equipped to combat climate change

 Global support grows for “Season of Creation”

 

The Uniting Church of Australia (UCA) is one of the largest not for profit and faith-based organisations in Australia.

Uniting Mission and Education (UME), as one of four boards of the Synod of NSW and the ACT, has the role of leading and resourcing the Synod in discipleship, mission and leadership in order to serve Christ. UME also assists the Church to provide education, theological insight, strategy, research and resources for leadership, discipleship, ministry and mission. UME manages the operations of United Theological College (UTC), a partner in the Charles Sturt University, School of Theology.

The Organisation and the Unit:

The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. The Uniting Church’s theology, and its values commitment made in response to the Royal Commission, establishes a clear commitment to providing the Church as a safe place for all people. The Uniting Church is committed to learning from its past, and working collaboratively to create the safest possible organisational context to serve the Australian Community. 

The National Safe Church Unit, in which this role will sit, is a unit of the Uniting Church in Australia, tasked to provide and resource the change required to deliver the above commitment.

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