Dr Deidre Palmer gave the following reflection at worship at NYALC on Sunday 20 January 2019 - the day Uniting Church congregations and faith communities around Australia were asked to reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation.
This Prayer of Thanksgiving was delivered by Rev Dr Ji Zhang, the Assembly's Theologian-in-Residence, at the UnitingCare Australia 2018 Leaders Forum.
No matter which land you come from, no matter which culture you belong, we come before the Creator with humility and give thanks to the Spirit sustaining all lives in the Land.
This blessing was delivered by Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer at the opening of the new UnitingCare Australia offices in Barton ACT.
We acknowledge this office space is on the land of the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of this area. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. We honour their continuing culture amongst us, and commit to and pray for justice and reconciliation in our land.
Brooke Prentis gave the Closing Address at the UnitingWomen Conference in Brisbane from 27-30 September. Brooke is Common Grace's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Team's Spokesperson. She is a descendant of the Waka Waka people, an activist for indigenous rights, a Christian pastor, and an accountant.
My name is Brooke Prentis. I come from a long line of strong Aboriginal women.
My Aboriginality comes right through my maternal lines – my Mum, to my Mum’s Mum, my Nan, to my Nan’s mum, my Great Grandmother. We are Williams’ from Waka Waka country.
The times I get to be on my country are sacred.
General Secretary Colleen Geyer's address the NSW/ACT's Pre-Synod meeting Eco Day celebrating the leadership of women.
What can we learn from the above, for the challenge of making our relationship with the rest of Creation a core aspect of our identity, not just in words but in every aspect of our discipleship?
I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Kaurna Nation, their elders past and present, and all descendants of this clan/nation. They are irantiyarta, sovereign of yarta-ana, these lands and waters where we meet today. I pay respects also to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with us, Australia’s sovereign First Nation Peoples.
President Stuart McMillan joined Pastor Ray Minniecon of UAICC NSW/ACT to talk about the UCA's covenant with First Peoples at West Epping Uniting Church in Sydney on 20 August 2017.
Synod meetings in coming months will be asked to discuss Sovereignty and Treaty to enable discernment for decision-making at the 15th Assembly.
First, let me say that while I did anticipate retiring at the end of this month having concluded with the Assembly, I have been asked to teach full-time next semester at Murdoch University for the WA Synod. So I will not be retiring just yet!
Having said that, I do want to say a few words about my time with the Assembly.
(Delivered by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer on 9 July 2017.)
Chris’ ministry at the Assembly began on 1 November 2008 with a service of induction at the Assembly Standing Committee on 14 November 2008.
At his induction the President Rev. Gregor Henderson presided and Rev. Allan Thompson preached on Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents.
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.