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Friday, 12 October 2018

Joyously living in faith

The biggest annual gathering in the Uniting Church, the Tongan National Conference (TNC), took place from 5-7 October with more than 1000 people gathered in Katoomba, NSW.

Travelling from across the country, Tongan members of the Uniting Church came together to raise their voices in worship, celebrate their culture and be encouraged in their faith, with the theme of the weekend ‘Living in Faith Eternally.’

Brooke Prentis gave the Closing Address at the UnitingWomen Conference in Brisbane from 27-30 September. Brooke is Common Grace's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Team's Spokesperson. She is a descendant of the Waka Waka people, an activist for indigenous rights, a Christian pastor, and an accountant.

My name is Brooke Prentis.  I come from a long line of strong Aboriginal women. 

My Aboriginality comes right through my maternal lines – my Mum, to my Mum’s Mum, my Nan, to my Nan’s mum, my Great Grandmother. We are Williams’ from Waka Waka country.

The times I get to be on my country are sacred. 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Comment on religious freedom

President Dr Deidre Palmer provided the following response to Fairfax Media yesterday after a request for comment about the recommendations of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom.

“The Uniting Church’s position, as conveyed to the Ruddock Review, is that any exceptions or exemptions for discrimination by religious organisations, should be limited in scope, and only as is required in order to maintain the integrity and existence of the religious organisation.”

“Our Church’s position is that every person is equal before the law and before God. Any permission given to religious organisations that allows them to discriminate on the basis of religious belief must be carefully balanced against the rights of people to be free from discrimination.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Niuean youth uplift spirits

For the first time the Niue National Conference of the Uniting Church in Australia handed the reigns over to its young people to organise its annual gathering. One of the organisers Tagaloa Matagi-Vilitama reflects on how it went.

Leading up to first ever Niue National Youth Conference, it was exciting but nerve racking.

Realising the high significance of this being the inaugural conference for youth put us on our toes. We had a committee of six young leaders, three mentors and a Minister who all worked hard.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

National Apology Prayer

President Dr Deidre Palmer has written to members of the Uniting Church in Australia ahead of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Monday 22 October.


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ in our Uniting Church,

The 22nd of October 2018 is an important day in the life of our nation and our Church.

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached on Luke 8:1-3 and 24 at the Closing Worship of the 3rd UnitingWomen conference in Brisbane on 30 September 2018.

Friday, 05 October 2018

Women weaving wisdom and wonder

More than 300 women from all over Australia gathered at Somerville House in Southbank, Brisbane for an inspiring UnitingWomen conference from 27-30 September. 

The theme of the Conference, “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder” captures the spirit of what UnitingWomen is all about - creating space for women of all cultures and ages to weave stories, share wisdom and wonder together at what God is doing in their lives and in our world.

Friday, 05 October 2018

Reimagining Church in NZ

Over the last few days I have had the great pleasure to represent the Uniting Church at the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ).