Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Prayer for Indonesia

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.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Rev Dr Jeff Silcock

The Rev Dr Jeff Silcock began on the LCA/UCA Dialogue team in 1972 and became co-chair in 2006.

Friday, 26 October 2018

God’s Mission in the Diaspora

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.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Tools for Listening Launched

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has launched a new Safe Church resource called “Tools for Listening” in Adelaide on Universal Children’s Day.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

National Apology

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.”

Friday, 19 October 2018

Time to get #KidsOffNauru

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.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Cowardly attack

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.