Thursday, 20 April 2017

The DNA of the UCA

Earlier this year, along with four colleagues from the Presbytery of Western Australia, I attended the 2017 National Presbytery Ministers Gathering in Brisbane. About 45 of us from every part of the continent met under the theme of "Forty, Fit, and Fired Up". We celebrated 40 years of the Uniting Church in worship, seminars, and visits to vibrant church communities in Queensland.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

2017 Easter Message

Stuart McMillan: I’m Stuart McMillan, President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and safe Easter season.

In a recent article former UCA President Jill Tabart ruefully observed: “The consensus model is not being used to its best effect across the entire church.”

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter: A Chance for New Beginnings

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has used his annual Easter message to pray for Christian churches in the Middle East and for greater compassion in Australia for those displaced by war and conflict.

In a message recorded with Syrian refugees at Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west, Mr McMillan urged Australians of all faiths and none to rise above political debate and reach out to those in desperate need of support.

Jannine Jackson has been appointed as the new National Director of Frontier Services.

Ms Jackson comes to the National Director’s role with extensive experience in fundraising and marketing in the faith and non-profit sectors, both in New South Wales and nationally.

Many communities have been heavily impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the aftermath of the flooding which continues throughout the east of Queensland and the NSW far north coast.

The Uniting Church in Australia stands with our brothers and sisters in the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church whose churches were the target of suicide bomb attacks on Palm Sunday.

It was a delight to spend time with God's people in the Illawarra on 26 March 2017. I preached at Keiraview Uniting Church, a small community church nestled in North Wollongong on the NSW South Coast. 

My sermon contrasted rejection and condemnation with acceptance and being chosen by and as precious to God.