Friday, 30 November 2018

A Modern Slavery Act for Australia

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed the passing of Australia’s first Modern Slavery Act.

Under the new Act, businesses and not-for-profits operating in Australia with a global revenue of more than $100 million must report what they are doing to stamp out slavery in their supply chains, both domestically and overseas.

Those engaged in the work of justice across the Uniting Church came together in Sydney for a one-day meeting to begin shaping a Uniting Church vision for Australia.

Travelling from different parts of the country, the day brought together staff from across the synods, agencies and the Assembly with particular expertise in justice.

This Prayer of Thanksgiving was delivered by Rev Dr Ji Zhang, the Assembly's Theologian-in-Residence, at the UnitingCare Australia 2018 Leaders Forum.

No matter which land you come from, no matter which culture you belong, we come before the Creator with humility and give thanks to the Spirit sustaining all lives in the Land.

This blessing was delivered by Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer at the opening of the new UnitingCare Australia offices in Barton ACT.

We acknowledge this office space is on the land of the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of this area. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. We honour their continuing culture amongst us, and commit to and pray for justice and reconciliation in our land.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Expressing Our National Self

Nearly 100 leaders gathered this week in Canberra for the 2018 UnitingCare Australia Leaders Forum. National Assembly leaders, Synod Moderators, General Secretaries, and Presbytery representatives came to share this annual event with CEOs, mission directors, and senior staff of the UnitingCare Network.

On Friday 16 November – Mrs Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, visited Darwin Memorial Uniting Church to see the Fujita Peace displays. It was a very emotionally moving time for all.

This is one of the Bible Studies led by Assembly National Consultant Rev. Charissa Suli at the South Australian Presbytery and Synod meeting in Adelaide.

The unnamed woman of Samaria met Jesus by Jacob’s well outside of Sychar. John takes the time to tell us which route Jesus is taking in today’s story. There must be a reason why we’re being told this. We’re told Jesus takes a different route. Jesus was headed to Galilee by way of Samaria. A little history here: Samaria was outside of Herod’s jurisdiction. Herod had just arrested John the Baptist. So, John tells us that Jesus had to go to Samaria. This is Jesus, does Jesus have to do anything? 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Time to stand together

Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer has called on the nation’s politicians to show leadership that will unite rather than divide Australians following the Bourke Street attack in Melbourne.

Dr Palmer expressed her deep sympathy for the family of much-loved restaurateur Sisto Malaspina who was stabbed and killed in the attack on 9 November.