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President Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Conclusion of Placement for Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll on 6 August 2019. 

The annual executive meeting of the Christian Conference of Asia took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a place where Christianity has a new beginning. 

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is an international ecumenical body that comprises 98 churches, including the Uniting Church in Australia and National Councils of Churches.

Thursday, 08 August 2019

Walking Together in Redfern

A community collaboration led by Paddington Children’s Centre has brought new life to the Aboriginal Children’s Service (ACS) in Redfern.

The ACS is one of the enduring organisations that started up within the Aboriginal community movement in Redfern in the 1970s.

I have begun a series of roundtable conversations with young adults of the Uniting Church all over the country to hear how they see God calling us into Christ’s reconciling and renewing mission.

The first roundtable conversations took place in Canberra on 25 July.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has urged all people of the Uniting Church to show support for the global climate strike on 20 September as Pacific nation leaders declared a climate crisis this week.

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit meeting in Fiji expressed their deep concern for the lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” shown by developed nations to the grave consequences of climate change facing the people of the Pacific.

The Uniting Church has signed a new Memorandum of Arrangements with the Commonwealth Department of Defence over Military Chaplains.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Synod Stories

The Uniting Church Synods along Australia's east cost held their Synod meetings recently. The meetings saw a number of key decisions for the life of the church.

General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Rev. James Bhagwan was one of the keynote speakers at the UCA President’s Conference in Fiji from 13-17 July 2019.

In an interview reflecting his key themes, James shares how the Pacific is on a journey of self-determination, reclaiming itself as a large “liquid continent” and people connected by the ocean. He reflects on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific where land and sea are bound to culture and a sense of belonging. He describes the work of the PCC and the role of the Church find ways to both speak truth to power and find practical responses from the grassroots up.

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Here is a transcript of his interview.

For many generations, Westerners have continued to look at the Pacific as small dots in a big ocean.