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.
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.
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.
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.
“…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.
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.