Let me begin then by acknowledging the First People of this place, those who under the grace of God cared for and nurtured and kept this place in life.

Let me thank Elenie for the privilege of being here, for inviting me to this place. We sit in a long line together Elenie and I, I was the second staff person in this role many centuries ago.

Elenie’s ministry at the Assembly began in January 2002 and she was inducted at Centenary Uniting Church in Parramatta on the 22nd of March.

It was a time when justice, peace and faith in humanity were extremely challenged around the world.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Closure of Ministry Remarks

When I started in this ministry I had no idea what it was about – just an unshakeable sense that it was where I was meant to be.

I’m very thankful for their willingness to take such an enormous risk, but I still wonder, on occasion, how it was that the interview panel decided to give me the job. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

2017 Survival Day Message Transcript

President Stuart McMillan

Sunday, 25 December 2016

2016 Christmas Message

[Sydney Tongan choir – singing]   Allelujah. Allelujah.

Stuart McMillan, President:

My soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices in God my saviour. (Luke 1:47)

Hello I’m Stuart McMillan, the President of the Uniting Church in Australia, and I’m here in Parramatta at Parramatta Mission to share with you my Christmas message for this year.

Greetings. Grace and peace to you in the name of the Trinity of love. I greet you today on behalf of your sisters and brothers in the Uniting Church in Australia.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen …

I bring you greetings from the Uniting Church in Australia, and also from our President, Mr Stuart McMillan.

Where do you see signs of hope in and through the church?

What words of encouragement would you offer to us as we return to our home contexts and continue to engage in God’s mission in the world?

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan preached at the opening worship of the South Sudanese National Conference in Brisbane from 25-27 September, 2015. His sermon is below. 

This is the Rev Dr Gawirrin Gumana AO. I am his son by adoption. When you are in relationship with Australia’s First People, who continue to practise their law and who have retained their language, it is important for them to know how to relate to you. So I was adopted into a Clan/Nation. There are over 50 in North Eastern Arnhem Land. This means I use relationship terms for people in all these Clan/Nations of Arnhem Land, indeed across the Top End and Centre of Australia.

Greeting and Introduction

Your Majesties (King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u) it is with great joy that I bring you greetings on behalf of the worldwide Methodist family. We celebrate your coronation with all the Tongan people and pray that God richly blesses you and your people throughout your reign. May I also express my deep gratitude to your Royal Chaplain, the President of the Free Wesleyan Church, Rev Dr ‘Ahio, for inviting me to preach on this historic occasion; opening the Scriptures with you, seeking to hear the Word of God afresh as you begin your reign.

TRANSCRIPT ABC SUNDAY NIGHTS PROGRAM | PODCAST (Originally broadcast on Sunday 21 June 2015)

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney has released his final message to the church ahead of the installation of his successor President Stuart McMillan on 12 July 2015.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

2014 Christmas Message

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14)

On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate this day; Jesus, the incarnation of God.

Download the video message here.

National Minister's Conference
St Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living
Baulkham Hills, NSW

24 July 2014

I'm really glad to be able to launch this Building Bridges resource here today at the National Minister's Conference where we've been focusing on fresh words and deeds around the cross cultural, multicultural and multi-faith contexts in which we live.

An Anniversary Message from the President of the UCA, Rev. Prof Andrew Dutney

Download the video here

It's 37 years since the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia was celebrated right here in the Sydney Town Hall. The whole thing was televised. Newly formed UCA Presbyteries and parishes held their own celebrations throughout the country. There was huge excitement.

Prayer Vigil for Justice for Indigenous Australians

Parliament House Lawns, Canberra

18 March 2014

 

A reflection by UCA President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney on 1 Corinthians 13, delivered at the Canberra prayer vigil for A Destiny Together.

The Wilks OrationAndrewDutney
Effective Living Centre, Adelaide
17 May 2014

In one news bulletin on Wednesday morning I heard the Federal Treasurer say, delivering his Budget speech the night before, “We must not leave our children worse off. That’s not fair. That’s not our way”. And I heard John Falzon say on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul that the same Budget will “rip the guts out of what remains of a fair and egalitarian society”. Both sides of the argument cite “fairness” as the principle that justifies their position.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

2014 Easter message

Greetings to you on this very special day for Australians of the Christian faith - the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Peace be with you, pilgrim people of God in the Uniting Church in Australia. 

Monday, 25 March 2013

2013 Easter video message

"Do Not Be Afraid." On the very first Easter Sunday, these were the first words Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection.

2012 World Methodist Council Peace Award Celebration Service
Wesley Mission, Sydney
14 February 2013

My name is Kerry Enright, National Director of UnitingWorld, the agency of the Assembly of the Uniting Church in which Joy worked in its various forms.  It is my privilege to give a brief overview of Joy’s life and work as background to this significant award.

Wesley Mission, Sydney
14 February 2013

Bishop Ivan Abrahams, Rev. Professor Andew Dutney, friends and fellow peacemakers, good afternoon.

2012 World Methodist Council Peace Award Celebration Service
Wesley Mission, Sydney
14 February 2013

It is a singular honour Joy and privilege to greet you on behalf of the World Methodist Council, which is comprised of 77 denominations ministering to 80 million people in more than 132 countries around the world. It’s those churches who share a common heritage that dates back to John Wesley.