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.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer, has encouraged Australians to put the urgent needs of others ahead of short-term self-interest, after the Federal Government delivered its 2019 Budget.
The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP has today notified the Uniting Church in Australia that the Church has met the requirements to commence participation in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The Scheme operated by the Commonwealth Government allows survivors to apply for counselling, a Redress payment of up to $150,000 and a direct personal response from the institution involved. Information on who can apply is set out on the National Redress Scheme website.