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.
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.
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.
The National Uniting Church History Conference was a remarkable gathering of storytellers, historians and archivists at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide.
We came together to celebrate 40 years of the Uniting Church in Australia and acknowledge the contributions of our predecessors – the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists.
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.