Support for the most vulnerable
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer, has today written to the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison MP, seeking assurances that all people currently living in Australia, who have no means to return to home countries and no income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, receive adequate income and healthcare support.
The fast spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and the rapidly changing official responses makes for a challenging communications environment.
Uniting Church Synods have set up web pages for people seeking information or resources in their area.
ASC Update-March 2020
Members of Assembly Standing Committee gathered in Sydney from 13-15 March. President Dr Deidre Palmer and Rev Kath Merrifield of Kiama Uniting Church led opening worship, which included a coronavirus-aware sharing of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Dr Palmer preached on John 3:1-17.
Uniting In Adversity
Uniting Churches around the country will either close their doors or hold limited worship this Sunday, as we adapt to life in the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Vision Revisited
Around 30 people who are engaged in justice work across the Uniting Church met via videoconference this week to bring together the work we do and focus on our national priorities.
A Pastoral Response to the Pandemic
Here is a pastoral message sent from President Deidre Palmer in regards to the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
Ministry in the Hot Zone
It’s been a scary and anxious week in Sydney’s leafy northern districts.
On 3 March, a 95 year-old resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility at Macquarie Park became the first person who contracted the virus in Australia to die of the disease.
An 82-year-old man from the same facility has since passed away as well. Both residents tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after coming in contact with an aged care worker.
Each for Equal – IWD2020
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Each for Equal.” It asks us how we will forge a gender equal world, and urges us to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
A Prayer in Response to Coronavirus
In the face of the novel Coronavirus, the global community is responding rapidly to minimise the spread of the disease and address its impacts.
Vale Rev. Bernie Clarke AM
The former Assembly Associate Secretary for Aboriginal Work and Mission and early supporter of the Uniting Aboriginal and islander Christian Congress Rev. Bernie Clarke passed away in Adelaide on 23 February 2020. Tributes have flowed for an inspiring and prophetic advocate for social justice, particularly in his solidarity with Australia’s First Peoples.
WCC CCIA Visit
The World Council of Churches and the UCA Assembly renewed our commitment to share resources and work together on important global issues earlier this week.
The 57th session of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) met in Brisbane from 19-21 February.
Founded in 1946, CCIA is comprised of 35 commissioners drawn from WCC's member churches around the world. It carries the responsibility for providing advice to the WCC on pressing issues in international affairs, including environmental issues.
CCIA Commissioner Rev. Gunilla Hallonsten from the Church of Sweden and CCIA Director Peter Prove met with the President Dr Deidre Palmer and staff to discuss areas of shared interest in the work we do.
A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be bearers of God’s peace. We are called to be an alternative voice to narratives of violence, destruction and hatred, It was in the light of this vocation for peace, that the Uniting Church hosted an interfaith roundtable on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Monday 24 February.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) began in Australia and grew into a global organisation that was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their ground-breaking efforts towards achieving a global treaty that will ban nuclear weapons.