Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News
Thursday, 26 September 2019

A True First Nations Warrior

WARNING: This story includes the name and image of a deceased Aboriginal person.

The Uniting Church and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) are mourning the passing of Indigenous rights “warrior” Tauto Sansbury this week.

The Narungga elder, who was born at Point Pearce Mission on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, dedicated his life to advocating for justice for First Peoples.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Report documents violence in West Papua

The Uniting Church in Australia has co-signed a report that was sent to six special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council regarding recent violent crackdowns of anti-racism demonstrations in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia.

Local churches have documented that during one demonstration in Deiyai Regency, at least eight indigenous Papuans were killed and more than 50 protestors sustained serious injuries when security forces fired into the crowd using live ammunition.

October 22 marks the first anniversary of the historic National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

A year on from the landmark apology to survivors and their families, the Uniting Church in Australia acknowledges and laments the role of the Uniting Church in causing harm to children and renews its commitment to be a Church that is safe for all people.  

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Uniting for Climate

More than a thousand people from across the Uniting Church took to the streets joining more than 300,000 people all over Australia as part of the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September.

Huge crowds of people, young and old, spilled onto the streets in more than 100 locations across the nation in an historic show of support for stronger action on the climate crisis.

Hearings have begun for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, with the first hearing taking place in Brisbane on 16 September 2019.

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed the Royal Commission and its inquiry into what must be done to build a society in which people with disability feel included, supported and have their human rights respected.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Tagata Pasifika speaks, listen in

The Uniting Church is home for many people from a Pacific cultural background, and those voices were elevated at a theological symposium dedicated to the stories and theologies of the Pacific.

The Tagata Pasifika Theological Symposium was held at Parramatta Mission in Sydney from 13-14 September, co-ordinated by Rev. Dr Matagi Jessop Vilitama, the Advocate for the Assembly Being a Multicultural Church Circle, and UCA theologians Rev. Dr Clive Pearson and Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll. 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Raising our First Peoples Voice

It has been an historic week with First Peoples Leaders from UnitingCare Australia’s network and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) meeting together for the first time in Canberra.

 It marked a new beginning for a Uniting First Peoples Voice within the Uniting Church of Australia.

Record-breaking dry conditions and high winds sparked a major bushfire emergency across New South Wales and Queensland over the last week, with scores of homes destroyed, many more threatened and hundreds of people evacuated. 

The Uniting Church has co-ordinated chaplains to offer pastoral care and congregations have stepped in to support those communities impacted across both states.