President Dr Deidre Palmer preached on Matthew 5:1-12 on the opening night of the 2019 Indonesian National Conference "Blessed to Bless" at St Andrew's Gardiner Uniting Church on Friday 5 April.

President Dr Deidre Palmer was interviewed by David Bevan of 891 ABC Adelaide Mornings for his program's regular Meet God segment.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Deidre spoke extensively about faith, prayer and being part of a loving Christian community.

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached the sermon at a special Service of Thanksgiving for the life of former UAICC National Chairperson Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra at Darwin's Casuarina Uniting Church on 21 February 2019.

President Dr Deidre Palmer gave the following closing words of encouragement and commissioning at the end of the National Young Adult Leaders Conference in Adelaide.

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.

President Dr Deidre Palmer opened the 2019 National Young Adult Leaders Conference with a reflection on Jesus' encounter with the disciples' on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.

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.

President Dr Deidre Palmer delivered this reflection for Closing Worship at the Pacific Conference of Churches in Auckland.

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange 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. 

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached on Luke 8:1-3 and 24 at the Closing Worship of the 3rd UnitingWomen conference in Brisbane on 30 September 2018.

Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Opening Worship of the 42nd annual Synod meeting of the Uniting Church in Western Australia.

The Ministry of the Body of Christ

Readings: Ephesians 4:1-16 Unity in the Body of Christ

President Stuart McMillan delivered this sermon at the closing service of the Middle East National Conference held at Bankstown District Uniting Church on 5 November.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Clothe Yourselves

This sermon was delivered by President Stuart McMillan for the Samoan National Conference at St John’s Uniting Church in Essendon, Victoria on Sunday 15 October 2017.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Perseverance and Character

This sermon was delivered by President Stuart McMillan for the 200th anniversary celebration of Castlereagh Uniting Church in western Sydney on Sunday 8 October 2017.

Friday, 06 October 2017

My People, Hear My Teaching

Fakaalofa atu, Hello – It is my delight to be with you today for this 10th Anniversary National Conference.

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? 

Eating Crow

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.

Friday, 21 July 2017

We Belong To One Another

This is an edited version of  a sermon delivered by President Stuart McMillan at St Andrew's Longueville Uniting Church in Sydney on Sunday 16 July.


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.

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. 

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