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.
Ministry can be stressful in ordinary times and extreme, even disabling, at others.
A wide range of ministers, chaplains and managers in the Uniting Church will, by nature of their work, encounter periods of crisis which can be testing on themselves and their people.
We do well to understand the dynamics of how stress affects our life and relationships and build our capacity and resilience in terms of crisis management.
It was inspiring and renewing to participate in the Synod of Queensland meeting from Friday 17 May until Monday 20 May 2019.
We heard many wonderful stories of the ways God is at work through the faithful and passionate witness of people in local Congregations, Presbyteries, Agencies, schools and communities in the Uniting Church in Queensland.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer and President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Rev. Garry Dronfield, have encouraged Uniting Church congregations to work more closely with First Peoples in a joint message for Reconciliation Week.