The Uniting Church has thanked and farewelled Rev. Dr Chris Walker, its National Consultant on Christian Unity, Doctrine and Worship.

Members of the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) joined Chris’ family, friends and Assembly staff at a closure of ministry service in Sydney on Sunday 9 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.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Life-giving care on country

The Uniting Church is getting behind moves to improve access to dialysis services on or near remote indigenous communities.

Frontier Services volunteers from far and wide converged on Cobar to lend a helping hand and lift the community’s spirit.

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has offered a greeting in a Yolngu language in celebration of NAIDOC Week and life-giving language.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme - Our Languages Matter - celebrates the richness and resilience of First Peoples languages and the important role of language in connecting Aboriginal people to their cultural identity.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

2016 Census results

The 2016 Census figures released today show that a majority of Australians (52 per cent) still identify as Christian amid a long term trend of falling religious affiliation.

When asked to list their religious affiliation, more than 13.5 million Australians chose Christianity, almost twice as many as chose the No Religion response.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Assembly appointments

General Secretary Colleen Geyer has today announced four staff appointments.