Tuesday, 20 June 2017

40th Anniversary Message

People of the Uniting Church in Australia, you have been planted with roots deep into the good soil of the gospel: you’ve been established in love. May the love of Christ dwell in your hearts and may this love that surpasses knowledge enable you to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

This was the welcome address by the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan at the Iftar Dinner co-hosted by the Uniting Church in Australia and Affinity Intercultural Foundation at Parramatta Mission on 14 June. 

The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, was the keynote speaker at the Iftar Dinner hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation at Parramatta Mission on 14 June. This is his speech. 

President Stuart McMillan shared a personal perspective on reconciliation and renewal with Australia's First Peoples at the Methodist Consultative Council of the Pacific in Tonga in May 2017.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

2017 Easter Message

Stuart McMillan: I’m Stuart McMillan, President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and safe Easter season.

It was a delight to spend time with God's people in the Illawarra on 26 March 2017. I preached at Keiraview Uniting Church, a small community church nestled in North Wollongong on the NSW South Coast. 

My sermon contrasted rejection and condemnation with acceptance and being chosen by and as precious to God.

I acknowledge the traditional owners, and pay my respects to elders past and present.

I also acknowledge Rakel Dink and her family, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Mr Greg Soghomonian of the ANCA and many other distinguished guests.

It is a great honour to join you today on behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia to honour the memory of Hrant Dink.

Padma Raman, Executive Director, Australian Human Rights Commission:

It is a great honour and privilege to be here today to share in the celebration of Elenie Poulos and her ministry.

To me - and I’m sure to everyone here today, Elenie embodies the essence of Christian goodness.

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.

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