I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Kaurna Nation, their elders past and present, and all descendants of this clan/nation. They are irantiyarta, sovereign of yarta-ana, these lands and waters where we meet today. I pay respects also to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with us, Australia’s sovereign First Nation Peoples.
Rev Steve Lee, Korean National Conference Chair
This year, members of the Korean National Conference (KNC) in the Uniting Church have discerned the question, what is God’s plan for KNC in the Uniting Church? How might it bring glory to God in its own way?
President Stuart McMillan joined Pastor Ray Minniecon of UAICC NSW/ACT to talk about the UCA's covenant with First Peoples at West Epping Uniting Church in Sydney on 20 August 2017.
Synod meetings in coming months will be asked to discuss Sovereignty and Treaty to enable discernment for decision-making at the 15th Assembly.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has condemned One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson’s behaviour in the Australian Senate today.
Senator Hanson put on a burqa during Senate Question Time to draw attention to her call for the full body veil worn by some Muslim women to be banned in Australia.
The Uniting Church has for some time been conducting its own independent discernment on marriage.
We acknowledge that there is a diversity of opinion in our Uniting Church community on the issue of same-gender marriage.
We have always tried to maintain a respectful conversation on this subject between the councils of our Church and to work constructively across our membership.
Uniting Church members are encouraged to join in prayers for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
On Sunday, 13 August, Christians around the world will be praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula, which remains divided and without a formal peace agreement more than 70 years after the end of World War II.
The Assembly has marked the closure of ministry of Craig Mitchell as National Director of Formation, Education and Discipleship at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide.
Rohan Pryor worked alongside Craig in the Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group and delivered the record of Craig's ministry over the years.
The Assembly Standing Committee has approved the appointment of Dr Sureka Goringe as the National Director of UnitingWorld.
Dr Goringe is currently UnitingWorld’s Associate Director of International Programs for the Pacific region and a previous Chairperson of UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development National Committee.
The Uniting Church has thanked and farewelled Rev. Dr Chris Walker, its National Consultant on Christian Unity, Doctrine and Worship.
Members of the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) joined Chris’ family, friends and Assembly staff at a closure of ministry service in Sydney on Sunday 9 July.