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.
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.
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.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has welcomed the Senate’s decision not to change the Racial Discrimination Act.
“I applaud this decision, which sends a clear message that racist behaviour and racial discrimination are not acceptable in Australian society,” said Mr McMillan.
Uniting Disaster Recovery hosted a historic meeting of disaster recovery chaplaincy coordinators from all across the country, with every state and territory represented. This meeting comes at an important time, as the Northern and QLD Synods are involved in establishing integrated, ecumenical, disaster recovery chaplaincy networks.
President Stuart McMillan preached at Darwin Memorial Uniting Church to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin - and a wonderful act of reconciliation by the Japanese salvage merchant Ryugo Fujita.
At the conclusion of the service, Mr McMillan dedicated the Memorial Reflection Pool in the Church’s Peace Garden which features a number of plaques commemorating the ships salvaged from Darwin Harbour in the late 1950s and early 1960s.