Speeches

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.

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 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 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 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 gave a response to the keynote address at the sixth annual community Iftar dinner hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation at Western Sydney University on Friday 24 May 2019.


Salaam Alaikum. God’s peace and abundant grace be with you.

As I begin this evening, I pay my respects to the Buramattagal Peoples, a clan of the Dharug nation, the sovereign Peoples and traditional custodians of the land on which we meet.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer delivered this sermon at Lautoka Methodist Church in Fiji on Sunday 14 July 2019 at a combined service of the local congregation and members of the 2019 UCA President's Conference.

BIBLE READINGS: Luke 8:1-3 and Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)

Some Women Accompany Jesus

8 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others

General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Rev. James Bhagwan was one of the keynote speakers at the UCA President’s Conference in Fiji from 13-17 July 2019.

In an interview reflecting his key themes, James shares how the Pacific is on a journey of self-determination, reclaiming itself as a large “liquid continent” and people connected by the ocean. He reflects on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific where land and sea are bound to culture and a sense of belonging. He describes the work of the PCC and the role of the Church find ways to both speak truth to power and find practical responses from the grassroots up.

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Here is a transcript of his interview.

For many generations, Westerners have continued to look at the Pacific as small dots in a big ocean.

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Conclusion of Placement for Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll on 6 August 2019. 

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