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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Rev. Meredith Williams, St David's Uniting Church Dee Why
The youth and young adults from three congregations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney combined voices to "sing and make melody to the Lord" at the Youth Parliament of World Religions on 8 September.
This was one of four interfaith gatherings of young people in the Sydney region commissioned to write 'The Sydney Statement" - in part a message of encouragement to our leaders in building bridges between world religions. We collaborated to articulate a youthful vision for a faith-filled, inclusive, compassionate, open-minded and respectful society.
Each year on the Sunday before Australia Day, the Uniting Church invites people to mark a Day of Mourning acknowledging and reflecting upon the effect of the invasion and colonisation of Australia’s First Peoples.
Established by the 15th Assembly in 2018, Sunday 19th January 2020 will be the second year for the Uniting Church’s Day of Mourning.
Momentum is building as people across the Uniting Church prepare to take part in the Global Climate Action on Friday 20 September.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited Uniting Church members to show their support for the Climate Action as an expression of our commitment to address the devastation of our environment and our active participation towards God’s renewal and healing of all creation.
In two weeks on Friday 20 September, Uniting Church members will join people across the world in calling for a more urgent response to the global climate crisis.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate action led by our younger generation in cities all over the world.