Assembly Theologian-in-Residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang has offered this prayer for those injured in the recent Melbourne CBD attack.
O Lord we come before you in prayer.
You are the creator of us all. We are altogether your children.
When one rejoices we all rejoice; when one suffers we all suffer.
We come to you today, Lord, with confusion and compassion in our hearts,
pray for the nineteen people injured in the attack in Melbourne,
The Australian summer is a high-risk time of bushfires, storms, cyclones and heatwaves, and these natural crises never affect people evenly.
Since its inception 40 years ago, the Uniting Church has continued to live out its calling to support the most vulnerable in our society.
Rev. Dr Ji Zhang and Rev. Dr Apwee Ting have been formally welcomed into new roles in the Assembly at a joyful service in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris.
Friends, family and colleagues gathered from across Melbourne and from interstate at St Andrews Gardiner Uniting Church, as the two men were formally inducted into their respective roles as the Assembly’s Theologian-in-Residence and National Consultant in the Assembly Resourcing Unit.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Five years after its announcement, Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse has handed its Final Report to Government.
On this occasion I want to acknowledge the extensive and invaluable body of work produced by the Royal Commission and its staff, and remind all Church members of our solemn commitment to child safety that is informed by the Commission’s work.
The Uniting Church in Australia joins with our global church partners in expressing grave concerns over the move by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit warned the US decision to change the status of Jerusalem seriously threatened negotiations for a two-state solution and undermined the efforts of many working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has appealed to Church members to continue their respectful considerations on marriage, in the wake of the Australian Parliament’s changes to the marriage laws.
In a Pastoral Statement to the Church, Mr McMillan said:
“Some members of our Church will greet this legislative change with great joy whilst others will be deeply concerned about what they see as the consequences of the change.”
Earlier this week I had the privilege to host a gathering of people engaged in social justice and advocacy across the life of the Uniting Church.
Twenty-five people representing Synods, Synod-based and national agencies came together at St Stephen’s Macquarie Street in central Sydney.