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The Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) has approved temporary guidelines for Uniting Church congregations and faith communities to celebrate Holy Communion as part of online worship.

"At this moment, we cannot gather together in our usual ways, because of the restrictions designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and to keep vulnerable people safe," said Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer in a Pastoral Letter explaining the decision.

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The Uniting Church in Australia is marking a year since joining the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme (NRS) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

“The occurrence of abuse in our institutions is part of our history. We do not hide from it but commit to continuing to learn from it,” said UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer.

“The Uniting Church is committed to restoring relationships in our communities for survivors.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Rights and wrongs and Religious Freedom

President Dr Deidre Palmer has voiced the Uniting Church’s concerns about the latest draft of the Religious Freedom Bills on the ABC’s national radio program Nightlife.

“We have concerns that this Bills may establish a hierarchy of rights so that religious expression is privileged over other human rights,” Dr Palmer told Nightlife host Philip Clark.

“The Uniting Church believes in the protection of people’s freedom to express their religious faith. So where this legislation seeks to strengthen and protect that we support it, but we don’t support a bill which may undermine the human rights of other people.”

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Leaders of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Australia have described as a lamentable failure today’s revelation that Australia will not meet most of its Closing the Gap targets, while at the same welcoming the Federal Government’s promise of a more inclusive approach to First Peoples’ issues.

The President of the Uniting Church Dr Deidre Palmer has joined UAICC National President Rev. Garry Dronfield and UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little in lamenting today’s Closing the Gap report as “a serious humanitarian crisis”.

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison launched the 12th annual Closing the Gap report in Federal Parliament today. In his address to the Parliament, Mr Morrison made clear that five of the seven Closing the Gap targets were not on track nor would they be met in the expected time frame.

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The Uniting Church believes the latest version of the Federal Government's Religious Freedom Bills won't adequately balance the human rights of all Australians.

 In a submission on the Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts, the Church said it could not support “blanket provisions that would permit statements and actions that demean and unjustly diminish the rights of others on religious grounds”.

“People should be able to enjoy their right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief – however, the manifestation or expression of their religion and beliefs should not harm or demean others, nor should it automatically be privileged over other rights,” said the Church.

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On 24 January 2020, President Dr Deidre Palmer took part in a forum in Sydney organised by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre on the latest version of the Religious Freedom Bills drafted by the Federal Government.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Bushfire Chaplaincy Update - 14 Jan 2020

As many bushfire emergencies move into the recovery phase, President Dr Deidre Palmer has spoken to National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson on the chaplaincy response ahead.

We share their discussion in a special podcast.

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Parramatta Peace Dinner 2019

On Saturday 7 December 2019, Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer delivered the keynote address at the annual Parramatta Mission Peace dinner.

Dr Palmer spoke on the theme: “Walking together on pathways of peace.”

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Peace and Good Will required

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has called for good will and constructive engagement in the national conversation around religious freedom.

Second drafts of the Federal Government’s Religious Freedoms Bills were released this week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter.

“The right, particularly of minority religions in Australia, to exercise their faith is a right worthy of serious public consideration,” said Dr Palmer.

“A number of vulnerable groups have already expressed their concerns about the latest version of the legislation, so I wanted to address these concerns in a pastoral and timely manner.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Apology anniversary a solemn reminder

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.

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