Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Don't Change Section 18C

A statement by President Stuart McMillan: The Uniting Church in Australia does not support the watering down of existing legal protections in the Federal Racial Discrimination Act.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Walking Together to Close the Gap

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.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Fear and Facts

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.