President Dr Deidre Palmer offered this reflection at the Memorial Service for Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island on 14 June 2019.
BIBLE READINGS: John 14: 1-27 and Romans 8:35-39
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
The life and ministry of the late Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra has been honoured at the memorial service in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island. UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer shares this reflection.
Note: As a Yolŋu person, all posthumous depictions of Rev. Garrawurra are governed by customary law. This story is not to be shared on social media at the request of Rev. Garrawurra’s Djungaya. Nor is the first name he was formerly known by to be used.
The Uniting Church National History Society Biennial Conference took place at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Melbourne from 7 – 10 June with the theme, “Finding a home in the Uniting Church”.
The Conference opened up the question, “What does it mean to belong to the Uniting Church?”
Second and Third Generation leaders of the Tongan National Conference (TNC) brought together 150 people to share and grow in faith at their Youth Rally in Brisbane on Sunday 9 June.
The gathering was planned, led and run by the TNC Second Gen Team led by Virginia Lavaki with the mentorship of Langi Suli.
A number of Uniting Church members have been awarded for their outstanding achievements and contributions beyond expectation in the annual Queens Birthday Honours List.
The recipients span a range of fields from Indigenous leadership, to work for justice, community volunteering and financial stewardship.
For the first time 11 of the 12 National Conference Chairs (Tongan, Niuean, Fijian, Samoan, Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, Tamil, Filipino, South Sudanese and Middle East) met with the President and Assembly Resourcing Unit in Parramatta on 24 May 2019.
On Tuesday 28 May 2019, I attended an all day ecumenical gathering of people who share a deep love for, and passionate commitment to, advocacy for the whole creation.
The Climate Pastoral Care Training Day was hosted by members of the Uniting Earth group at the United Theological College in North Parramatta.
President Dr Deidre Palmer gave a response to the keynote address at the sixth annual community Iftar dinner hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation at Western Sydney University on Friday 24 May 2019.
Salaam Alaikum. God’s peace and abundant grace be with you.
As I begin this evening, I pay my respects to the Buramattagal Peoples, a clan of the Dharug nation, the sovereign Peoples and traditional custodians of the land on which we meet.
In the spirit of building friendship, about 150 people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds came together for the Iftar Dinner co-hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation on 24 May.
It was the sixth Building Harmony Iftar dinner to be co-hosted by Affinity and the Uniting Church, with the Assembly, the Synod of NSW/ACT and Uniting NSW/ACT acting as joint hosts and organisers.
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.