A statement to members on National Close the Gap Day from President Stuart McMillan and Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev. Dennis Corowa.
On National Close the Gap Day we would like to reaffirm our Church’s commitment to walking together with First Peoples and encourage all Church members to join us on the journey.
Uniting Church leaders appearing before the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse have pledged to survivors to make the Church the safest place it can be for children.
On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia I sincerely apologise to all children in our care who suffered sexual abuse, of any kind, in our Church, whether it happened since union of 1977 or before that in our predecessor Churches.
The legal assistance sector has reached a funding crisis point.
The Government has announced cuts of $34.8 million over the next three years to around 190 community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services around Australia. These cuts represent 30% of the annual budget and will begin from 1 July 2017. This will place more pressure on an already stretched legal assistance sector which in 2014-15 had to turn 159,220 people away.
Below is a Pastoral Statement on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse from the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Friday 10 March 2017 the Uniting Church in Australia will appear at a public hearing for Case Study 56 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
The Uniting Church in Australia has commissioned Claerwen Little as National Director of UnitingCare Australia in a service at Picton Uniting Church in south-west Sydney.
Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer led the commissioning service and welcomed Claerwen into her new role.
Twenty years ago I would have opposed safe injecting rooms. My view was drugs are bad and you can’t serve any good purpose by allowing people to shoot-up legally.
Then I started talking with a GP friend at church about her work with those living with an addiction. She challenged my thinking and reasoning.
Transforming Worship is a national gathering for preachers, worship leaders, musicians, artists, poets, and others to explore how worship shapes our lives and our world.
For the first time in 20 years, Adelaide will host a national worship conference for the Uniting Church, as part of the UCA’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Padma Raman, Executive Director, Australian Human Rights Commission:
It is a great honour and privilege to be here today to share in the celebration of Elenie Poulos and her ministry.
To me - and I’m sure to everyone here today, Elenie embodies the essence of Christian goodness.
Let me begin then by acknowledging the First People of this place, those who under the grace of God cared for and nurtured and kept this place in life.
Let me thank Elenie for the privilege of being here, for inviting me to this place. We sit in a long line together Elenie and I, I was the second staff person in this role many centuries ago.
Today the Uniting Church bids farewell to its champion of justice Rev. Elenie Poulos.
Over 100 people gathered at Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney to mark the conclusion of Elenie’s placement as National Director of UnitingJustice Australia.