- General Resources
- Victorian Bushfires, 2009
- Global Financial Crisis, 2008-09
- Bali Bombings, 2002
- September 11, 2001
- Reflection Poem
Carrying Rainbows of Hope: Liturgical resources for use after disasters and personal tragedies.
Carrying Rainbows of Hope: Liturgical resources for use after disasters and personal tragedies was produced in 2003 by the National Disaster Fund Trust Committee. Collated and edited by Rev Philip Liebelt, the 178-page book (produced here in PDF format) includes many resources for use after bushfires; and for communities in shock. We hope you find it useful in such a significant time of need.
In Remembrance: post disaster rituals and symbols.
From the people of South Sydney UC, to all those who suffer in the drought.
A Liturgy for a community in shock and grief
The Value of Life: a liturgy remembering workers who died from occupational accidents
Victorian Bushfires (2009)
Life after the fires (Liturgy by Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon)
In the grieving: after the fires (Liturgy by Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon)
The attachment below is a letter from the President of the Assembly to all congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia, detailing the UCA's Victorian Bushfires Appeal, and how congregations could play a part.
Download the President's letter
The hymn below was written by Shirley Murray for the Australian people in the aftermath of the Victorian bushfires. It is to be sung to the tune of Now thank we all our God (TIS 106). We hope that this hymn may provide comfort and strength during this time.
- Messages of support from overseas
- Laments for the Victorian Bushfires - for Sunday 15 February 2009
- Reflection poem (by Jean Mayers)
Global Financial Crisis (2008-09)
- Hearing God through the Global Financial Crisis
- The Global Financial Crisis and your local church community
- A prayer for those beyond our shores
- What can I say to help others?
- Prayers for ourselves and others
- Averting the social impact of the Global Financial Crisis
- The Economic Stimulus Package: socially responsible spending
Bali Bombings, 2002
Terrorism moved closer to home on Saturday 12 October, 2002, when a bomb destroyed two crowded clubs in Bali, killing many Australians. The UCA hurried into action and prepared numerous resources for use in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Grieving our Violence — Bali
Rev Dorothy McCrae-McMahon
Memorial service for the victims of the Bali tragedy — Order of Service
A collection of resources and hyms
Other letters, articles, statements and information
UCA President's Pastoral Letter
Media Release from the UCA President
Information from UIM, 16 October 2002
Letter from the Protestant Christian Church in Bali
Letter from the Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa
Letter from the Uniting Churches in the Netherlands
September 11, 2001
Prepared by the Centre for Concern, Washington DC
This poem was written by Jean Mayers as a reflection on the Victorian bushfires and God's presence throughout this period of devastation. We hope that Uniting Church members and congregations can reflect upon it and gain comfort from it.
The wound so deep
- a grey-green jagged shard of pain
rips through my soul,
my very brain.
The world stands still
-so much unreal
on a desert isle of disbelief
I wonder weakly
'Where is God in this
-in this insane configuration?
My God, can I believe
or care at all?'
A cloud of silence
-mother's milk of love
permeates and stills my soul.
I share your pain
and weep beside you.
I am your comfort,
in all of this.
"Lean on me now
-release your burden
and I will hold you
lest you fall."