The Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has joined the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) in welcoming the Federal Government’s decision to reverse cuts to legal assistance services in time for the Federal Budget.
I was blessed to spend Easter Sunday at Darwin Memorial Uniting Church in the presence of a special family to the Northern Synod of the Uniting Church.
Members of the Fujita family, who I wrote about last month, visited Darwin from their home in Japan and attended Easter services.
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.
Australians will pause on 25 April to remember the sacrifice of the ANZACs in the First World War.
One day before ANZAC Day, Armenians remember the martyrs of their nation, victims of a Genocide which took the lives of 1.5 million people in 1915. They also remember the ANZACs who saw the injustice suffered by victims of the Armenian Genocide and stopped to help them.
Earlier this year, along with four colleagues from the Presbytery of Western Australia, I attended the 2017 National Presbytery Ministers Gathering in Brisbane. About 45 of us from every part of the continent met under the theme of "Forty, Fit, and Fired Up". We celebrated 40 years of the Uniting Church in worship, seminars, and visits to vibrant church communities in Queensland.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has used his annual Easter message to pray for Christian churches in the Middle East and for greater compassion in Australia for those displaced by war and conflict.
In a message recorded with Syrian refugees at Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west, Mr McMillan urged Australians of all faiths and none to rise above political debate and reach out to those in desperate need of support.