Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Singing a “New Song”

Australian churches now have access to a new worship resource - Songs of Grace - the newly-published supplement to the ecumenical worship hymnal Together in Song.

Songs of Grace is a 54-song collection and marks the fruition of many years by the Australian Hymnbook Company’s Editorial Committee of discovering and discerning “new song” for the diversity of Christian worship in Australia.  

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached the sermon at a special Service of Thanksgiving for the life of former UAICC National Chairperson Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra at Darwin's Casuarina Uniting Church on 21 February 2019.

The Uniting Church came together at Darwin's Casuarina Uniting Church on 21 Feb 2019 to give thanks for the life and witness of the late Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra.

Presidents, Moderators and General Secretaries past and present joined Rev. Garrawurra's family and former colleagues from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress to share wonderful stories of his faithful service.

Friday, 01 March 2019

Disaster-ready Chaplains

The Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson has an extraordinarily busy ministry.

Wherever chaplains are on hand to comfort those in need, Stephen’s presence is rarely far away.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Vale Joan Tanner

It is with deep sadness that we advise the Uniting Church of the death of Mrs Joan Tanner on Sunday, the 24th of February in Canberra. She was 91.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Selamat PGI

UnitingWorld has hosted UCA Church partners from Indonesia in Canberra and Sydney this week.

President of the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) Rev Dr Henrietta Lebang, Rev Jeny Elna Mahupale from the Protestant Church in Maluku and UnitingWorld’s Regional Coordinator in Southeast Asia Dr Debora Murthy all joined UnitingWorld’s Australian staff at the 2019 Australasian Aid Conference in Canberra.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Reclaiming the heart of our nation

Earlier this week I spent two days in Adelaide at the Refugee Alternatives Conference in Adelaide.

Around 400 people attended with at least a third of those in attendance having experience as refugees or asylum seekers.

Presentations throughout the conference reflected this with more than half the speakers having had the experience of being a refugee themselves. Their stories and input were powerful.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Warm welcome to new faith community

I was delighted to attend a service formally welcoming the Liverpool Zimbabwean Faith Community into the Uniting Church in Australia.

For around 10 years a group of people, originally from the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, have gathered from across Sydney at the Liverpool Uniting Church to share in worship and fellowship.