Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has reminded Church members of our commitment to be a safe place for all, on the anniversary of the national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
“The Uniting Church has expressed its deep regret for the harm that was perpetrated on children who were abused in the care of our Church,” said Dr Palmer.
“We recognise the terrible breach of trust and the damage done to individuals, communities and relationships. This is part of our story that we will continue to acknowledge so that we never forget, and never become complacent, about the care and safety of all vulnerable people in our Church and wider community.
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.
ABC News has today regrettably published a story seeking to highlight divisions within our Church over our decision last year to allow ministers and authorised celebrants the freedom to perform same-gender marriages.
The report contains many factual errors, false allegations and misrepresentations that we will seek to address with the ABC in due course.
President Dr Deidre Palmer gave a response to the keynote address at the sixth annual community Iftar dinner hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation at Western Sydney University on Friday 24 May 2019.
Salaam Alaikum. God’s peace and abundant grace be with you.
As I begin this evening, I pay my respects to the Buramattagal Peoples, a clan of the Dharug nation, the sovereign Peoples and traditional custodians of the land on which we meet.
It was inspiring and renewing to participate in the Synod of Queensland meeting from Friday 17 May until Monday 20 May 2019.
We heard many wonderful stories of the ways God is at work through the faithful and passionate witness of people in local Congregations, Presbyteries, Agencies, schools and communities in the Uniting Church in Queensland.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer and President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Rev. Garry Dronfield, have encouraged Uniting Church congregations to work more closely with First Peoples in a joint message for Reconciliation Week.
On Thursday 2 May, I joined Australian church leaders remembering women who are survivors and victims of rape and domestic violence by observing “Thursdays in Black.”
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has offered prayers and support to the people of Sri Lanka in the wake of the recent Easter Sunday bombings.
“These were horrendous terror attacks against Christians at worship on Easter Sunday and against innocent people sharing time with friends and families,” said Dr Palmer.
In her first Easter message as Church President, Dr Deidre Palmer speaks about the constant inspiration she and other UCA members draw from those living lives of love and justice in the way of Jesus.
“In the face of world events like the horrendous attack in Christchurch, where words and acts of hatred and violence have threatened the harmony and peace of our communities, Christ comes to us with a call to love our neighbours, live in peace and work for a reconciled human community.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer, has welcomed today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
“For too long, people with disabilities have been subject to discrimination and abuse,” said Dr Palmer.