ABC News has today regrettably published a story seeking to highlight divisions within our Church over our decision last year to allow ministers and authorised celebrants the freedom to perform same-gender marriages.
The report contains many factual errors, false allegations and misrepresentations that we will seek to address with the ABC in due course.
Ministry can be stressful in ordinary times and extreme, even disabling, at others.
A wide range of ministers, chaplains and managers in the Uniting Church will, by nature of their work, encounter periods of crisis which can be testing on themselves and their people.
We do well to understand the dynamics of how stress affects our life and relationships and build our capacity and resilience in terms of crisis management.
It was inspiring and renewing to participate in the Synod of Queensland meeting from Friday 17 May until Monday 20 May 2019.
We heard many wonderful stories of the ways God is at work through the faithful and passionate witness of people in local Congregations, Presbyteries, Agencies, schools and communities in the Uniting Church in Queensland.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer and President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Rev. Garry Dronfield, have encouraged Uniting Church congregations to work more closely with First Peoples in a joint message for Reconciliation Week.
This election much debate has focused on which party will deliver the best economic results and who will pass on the biggest tax cuts for Australians.
With just over a week before the election, we encourage Uniting Church members to think beyond ourselves to what policies and actions will provide a society where all can flourish.
With the Federal election just over two weeks away, we continue to encourage Uniting Church members to engage with the issues that will decide their vote.
In our Uniting Church pre-election Vision Statement we consider how Australia is Contributing to a Just and Peaceful World.