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I travelled across Canada in July with a group of seven Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders.

Our group travelled as part of the Moderator of the United Church of Canada (UCC) Rev. Jordan Cantwell’s Reconciliation Dialogue.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Just #BringThemHere

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has called on the Federal Government to take moral leadership and resolve the status of refugees on Manus Island in mainland Australia.

Hundreds of men who remained in the offshore detention centre after its closure on 31 October have been transported to new facilities by Papua New Guinean authorities. Their removal follows a tense stand-off in which the men initially refused to leave.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Two Churches, Two Countries

Confucius once said: “When friends come from afar, how can one not be happy?” It is an honour for me on behalf of Uniting Church in Australia to welcome you Commissioner Mao and your delegation.

孔子讲到:有朋自远方来,不与乐乎?我很荣幸能代表澳大利亚联合教会欢迎您毛局长,和中国代表团。

I have been to China twice in 2013 and 2016. As a church organisation, our relationship with the TSPM and China Christian Council has been life-giving. We deem it of immense value. Our trips to China allowed us to experience China’s transformation as a nation, and recognize the important relationship between our two countries.

The prospect of greater scrutiny of supply chains and labour-hire contractors is welcome news, particularly to Pacific members of the Uniting Church who’ve been actively involved in providing pastoral care to temporary migrant workers.

Tongans, Fijians, and ni-Vanuatu make up the bulk of the Australian Government’s Seasonal Workers Program under which more than 4000 Pacific Islanders come to Australia to work in our $10 billion horticulture industry.

Moe Turaga came back to the Uniting Church in Mildura on Sunday 29 October.

The disability services worker from Bundaberg in Queensland was returning to the Sunraysia region for the first time in 30 years - a region that holds some painful memories for him.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Transforming Ecumenism

Rev. Linsday Cullen reflects on his time at the fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference in Canberra.

Everyone knows that ecumenism is easy, right? All you have to do is persuade every other Christian tradition that you are right, and you’re done!

PASTORAL STATEMENT

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.

The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the Government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.

President Stuart McMillan delivered this sermon at the closing service of the Middle East National Conference held at Bankstown District Uniting Church on 5 November.