Twenty-five years ago the Uniting Church in Australia formalised our commitment to walk together in solidarity with the First Peoples of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) by enacting the Covenant statement.

The President and General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly have today issued a statement celebrating the UCA's ongoing relationship with the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.

The statement was issued as Dr Palmer attends the annual General Conference in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a message to all Church members on the occasion of the 42 anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

 Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on this 42nd anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

This weekend the Uniting Church will participate in a wonderful ecumenical event.

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) is holding its triennial Forum in Canberra. All 19 of the Member Churches of the NCCA are invited to attend and participate.

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.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Celebrating and honouring refugees

All over the country, Australians are paying tribute to the contribution made by refugees in our communities.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer encouraged Uniting Church members to join Refugee Week celebrations.

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?”