The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer, has encouraged Australians to put the urgent needs of others ahead of short-term self-interest, after the Federal Government delivered its 2019 Budget.
Uniting Church ministers and members have joined friends from the Australian Jewish community, ecumenical colleagues and LGBTIQ NGO representatives on a one-week study tour of Israel and Palestine.
The tour called “Give Peace a Chance” began in East Jerusalem on 7 March.
Rev. John Cox has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Safe Church Unit.
For the last three years, Rev. Cox has served the the Executive Officer of the National Royal Commission Response and Engagement Task Group, the group that guided the Uniting Church’s national response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP has today notified the Uniting Church in Australia that the Church has met the requirements to commence participation in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The Scheme operated by the Commonwealth Government allows survivors to apply for counselling, a Redress payment of up to $150,000 and a direct personal response from the institution involved. Information on who can apply is set out on the National Redress Scheme website.
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.
The Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in a new statement and resource.
In launching the statement, UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer said the Uniting Church’s vision for Australia was a nation where all people and all creation could flourish.
Uniting Church Assembly staff took a closer look at what makes up the DNA of the Uniting Church in an information session with Rev. Prof Andrew Dutney this week.
The session provided all staff members, including those who work in our Assembly Agencies, with a deeper understanding of the structure, polity, identity and core values of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Australian churches now have access to a new worship resource - Songs of Grace - the newly-published supplement to the ecumenical worship hymnal Together in Song.
Songs of Grace is a 54-song collection and marks the fruition of many years by the Australian Hymnbook Company’s Editorial Committee of discovering and discerning “new song” for the diversity of Christian worship in Australia.
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.