Thursday, 08 August 2019

Walking Together in Redfern

A community collaboration led by Paddington Children’s Centre has brought new life to the Aboriginal Children’s Service (ACS) in Redfern.

The ACS is one of the enduring organisations that started up within the Aboriginal community movement in Redfern in the 1970s.

I have begun a series of roundtable conversations with young adults of the Uniting Church all over the country to hear how they see God calling us into Christ’s reconciling and renewing mission.

The first roundtable conversations took place in Canberra on 25 July.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has urged all people of the Uniting Church to show support for the global climate strike on 20 September as Pacific nation leaders declared a climate crisis this week.

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit meeting in Fiji expressed their deep concern for the lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” shown by developed nations to the grave consequences of climate change facing the people of the Pacific.

The Uniting Church has signed a new Memorandum of Arrangements with the Commonwealth Department of Defence over Military Chaplains.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Synod Stories

The Uniting Church Synods along Australia's east cost held their Synod meetings recently. The meetings saw a number of key decisions for the life of the church.

General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Rev. James Bhagwan was one of the keynote speakers at the UCA President’s Conference in Fiji from 13-17 July 2019.

In an interview reflecting his key themes, James shares how the Pacific is on a journey of self-determination, reclaiming itself as a large “liquid continent” and people connected by the ocean. He reflects on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific where land and sea are bound to culture and a sense of belonging. He describes the work of the PCC and the role of the Church find ways to both speak truth to power and find practical responses from the grassroots up.


Here is a transcript of his interview.

For many generations, Westerners have continued to look at the Pacific as small dots in a big ocean.

A statement from the President’s Conference, Fiji 2019

“For God so loved the cosmos” (John 3:16)

The good news of Christ is for the whole of creation
and we are one with all creation in Christ. (Col 1: 23)

We, the participants of the 2019 President’s Conference, gathering in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Fiji have drawn together to bear witness and to draw courage from each other – here where climate change is most clearly seen, most clearly felt, by the people least responsible for its progress.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Ten Years On

Ten years ago this week, the 12th Assembly resolved to add a new and important Preamble to our Constitution.

The profound lament, truth, theology and intention of this preamble cannot be understated. It says, this is who we are as the Uniting Church in Australia, this is how we understand our history, and this is our commitment to First Peoples and to the gospel.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Crisis Care Workshops Inspire

This week saw the start of series of crisis care workshops conducted by visiting speaker Rev. Dr Naomi Paget. 

Dr Paget is a world expert in disaster recovery chaplaincy and crisis intervention, working  with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the FBI and other agencies. 

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer delivered this sermon at Lautoka Methodist Church in Fiji on Sunday 14 July 2019 at a combined service of the local congregation and members of the 2019 UCA President's Conference.

BIBLE READINGS: Luke 8:1-3 and Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)

Some Women Accompany Jesus

8 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others