Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News
Thursday, 04 April 2019

Historic Gathering

Rev. Amel Manyon, the first South Sudanese woman ordained as a minister in Australia has offered a reflection on the Sudanese and South Sudanese National Consultation in Canberra from 29–30 March 2019.

Thursday, 04 April 2019

A First Peoples' Heart

Each week up until the Federal Election, we will focus on one area of our recently released Vision Statement and invite feedback and discussion from Uniting Church members.

The Statement, titled Our Vision for a Just Australia, expresses our hopes for First Peoples to have a voice in the decision-making of our country.

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.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Our Vision for a Just Australia

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.