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Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Meeting dates for VicTas Synod

Synod 2010 will now be held from Friday 21 May (starting with opening worship at 7pm at the Church of Christ Melbourne City Conference Centre in Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) to the afternoon of Wednesday 26 May, with everything but the opening service being held at Union Hall, La Trobe University, Bundoora, and no meetings on the Sunday morning.


Image by 'Bisse' at www.flickr.comRecognising its commitment as a peacemaking church, the Assembly is supporting a series of retreats known as The Daily Practice of Peace.

Violence plagues our world, our communities and, sometimes, our families and personal relationships. As disciples of Christ we are called to be peacemakers. But what can we do as individuals to counter the powerful force of violence?

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

UCA participates in Interfaith Summit

Openness to reform and change is at the very heart of the Uniting Church. We are committed to engaging with the complex realities of society and view this engagement as an opportunity for growth within the life of the church. In keeping with this commitment UCA President, Rev. Gregor Henderson, will speak at a three-day Interfaith Summit in Brisbane, 18-20 February.

Friday, 13 February 2009

We must put a price on carbon

The Uniting Church today reaffirmed its support for the Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). It will be making a submission to the Inquiry announced yesterday by the House of Representatives Economics Committee encouraging a strengthened scheme.

On Friday 6 February 2009 representatives of the Uniting Church, the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Anglican General Synod, met with Mark Scott the Managing Director of the ABC, to discuss religious broadcasts on the ABC.

The President of the Uniting Church has today expressed total abhorrence towards organisations and individuals claiming that the devastation caused by the Victorian bushfires is the result of a vengeful God.

“The horror and grief we are continuing to experience as these fires rage on are the horrendous results of a natural disaster and the possible devastating consequences of human criminality,” said Rev. Gregor Henderson.

“The God we worship is a loving, peaceful God who is slow to anger and demonstrates forgiveness and love through Jesus Christ.

“To suggest that the loss of life from these bushfires is the reaction of God towards the Victorian people for decisions made by Government is not only ludicrous, it misapprehends the nature of God, the giver of life.

“God is not punishing the people of Victoria, so many of whom lost their lives, and so many more who are working day and night to fight fires, support the victims, and provide food, clothing and shelter.

“God is, in fact, there with the people, in the middle of their suffering; God is made known through the love that is extended to those most in need.”

Rev. Henderson said that in the weeks and months to come, it would be vital for the Australian community, including churches and other faith groups, to continue to band together to support the people of Victoria, offering comfort, service and love.

“It is through the generosity of organisations and individuals who are working hard to protect and care for the many victims of this devastating event that we see God at work.

“We believe that God embraces all those who are suffering and those working to alleviate such suffering, with love and peace.”

Today the Uniting Church joins with all Australians in mourning the terrible loss of life from the Victorian bushfires. The horror of scores of lives lost, hundreds of homes destroyed and communities devastated, touches all of us very deeply. We thought it was impossible for the disasters of Ash Wednesday 1983 and Black Friday 1939 to be outstripped, but these 2009 fires, dreadfully, have done so.

On behalf of the Uniting Church I extend our sympathy and care to the thousands of victims - to the families of those killed, to the injured in hospitals, to those who’ve lost their homes and their lives’ possessions, to the people of the devastated communities. We also honor and support the courageous efforts of the Country Fire Authority, the paramedics, doctors and hospital staff, the police and the State Emergency Services, the countless number of volunteers who have fought the fires and cared for the victims.

Information on how to donate to the Uniting Church's National Bushfire Disaster Appeal can be found below.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Gregor Henderson, today delivered the sermon at the service to mark the opening of Parliament.