Thursday, 18 July 2019

Called to be bearers of hope

More than 60 people from all over Australia gathered in Nadi, Fiji for the first President’s Conference to be hosted by UCA Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer.

The theme of the conference, “For the Whole Creation” reflects the key commitments of the Assembly and the wider Uniting Church to take action to address climate change and gender justice.

The location of the Conference in Fiji provided the opportunity to better understand the impacts of climate change, particularly in the Pacific region where communities are at the forefront of both the most devastating effects and the push for an urgent response.

Last year the 15th Assembly supported a landmark Statement on Domestic and Family Violence

In the Statement, Assembly members said it was important to, among other things, "educate our members about the reality of the situation and how they can respond to point people to support, resources and care."

Part of that education would be amply fulfilled if every UCA member read Australian journalist Jess Hill's gut-wrenching first book, See What You Made Me Do.

More than 135 students, ministers, academics, young professionals and a handful of children from across NSW, ACT, Queensland and Victoria attended School of Discipleship (SOD) 2019 on 28-30 June at Naamaroo Conference Centre  in the northern Sydney suburb of Chatswood.

The theme this year was: Seeing Differently: Unveiling Evil, Unveiling God in the Book of Revelation, with keynote sessions led by Rev. Dr. Robyn Whitaker, the Coordinator of Studies – New Testament at Pilgrim Theological College in Melbourne.

Twenty-five years ago the Uniting Church in Australia formalised our commitment to walk together in solidarity with the First Peoples of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) by enacting the Covenant statement.

The President and General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly have today issued a statement celebrating the UCA's ongoing relationship with the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.

The statement was issued as Dr Palmer attends the annual General Conference in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a message to all Church members on the occasion of the 42 anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

 Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on this 42nd anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

This weekend the Uniting Church will participate in a wonderful ecumenical event.

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) is holding its triennial Forum in Canberra. All 19 of the Member Churches of the NCCA are invited to attend and participate.

President Dr Deidre Palmer offered this reflection at the Memorial Service for Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island on 14 June 2019.

BIBLE READINGS: John 14: 1-27 and Romans 8:35-39 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

The life and ministry of the late Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra has been honoured at the memorial service in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island. UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer shares this reflection.

Note: As a Yolŋu person, all posthumous depictions of Rev. Garrawurra are governed by customary law. This story is not to be shared on social media at the request of Rev. Garrawurra’s Djungaya. Nor is the first name he was formerly known by to be used.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Celebrating and honouring refugees

All over the country, Australians are paying tribute to the contribution made by refugees in our communities.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer encouraged Uniting Church members to join Refugee Week celebrations.