This prayer is for the 189 people who lost their lives on a Lion Air plane that crashed in Indonesia on Monday 29 October.
O everlasting God, giver of life,
we come before you in sorrow and prayers.
Today we pray for 189 victims in the plane crash outside of Jakarta.
We hear the cries of orphaned children and bereaved parents
We feel the pain of partners and family members
We behold all of them in our prayers.
The 4th Filipino National Conference of the UCA met on 19-21 October 2018, gathering close to 40 participants from New South Wales, Victoria/Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
This year’s conference theme, “God’s Mission in the Filipino Diaspora”, was elaborated in two keynote speeches. Bishop Rex Reyes, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP), spoke on the roles that Filipinos in diaspora would take to follow God “who became flesh to be in solidarity with God’s creation”.
I was privileged to attend the Samoan National Conference (SNC) Leadership Weekend on 19-20 October at Lidcombe Samoan Uniting Church in Sydney.
About 50 Samoan Uniting Church leaders came together from different parts of the country to be enriched by the unity of their faith, to share in the joys and challenges of ministry and to explore how they can better serve their community.
President Dr Deidre Palmer has renewed the Uniting Church’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, following the historic National Apology at Parliament House in Canberra.
“For anyone who was abused in the care of the Uniting Church, in our churches, schools or agencies, I’d again like to apologise sincerely. I am truly sorry that we didn’t protect and care for you in accordance with our Christian values,” said Dr Palmer.”
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has joined faith and community leaders in calling for children being held in detention on Nauru to be brought to safety in Australia.
The call was made as more than 800 people converged in front of Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday at a rally organised by Rural Australians for Refugees.
Canberra Presbytery Co-Chair John Williams read the letter on behalf of Dr Palmer calling on political leaders to act with compassion and decency.
Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer has condemned an act of vandalism at a Hindu temple in Sydney.
Worshippers at the temple in Regents Park in western Sydney arrived at the temple on Sunday 14 October to find statues and icons smashed, scriptures scattered and their altar on fire.
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.
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.
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.