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18 03, 2020

Uniting Church stands in solidarity with community in unprecedented times

2020-03-18T16:54:47+10:00 18 March 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Wednesday 18 March 2020 Like many in our community, the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod has been actively monitoring developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our church expresses its commitment to stand in solidarity with our community, consistent with our understanding that to love our neighbour is a calling of the highest order. [...]

2 03, 2020

Statement – Carpentaria Presbytery

2020-03-03T11:38:33+10:00 2 March 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Dear friends in Christ, A diverse group of Uniting Church members and ministers gathered in Cairns over the weekend to relinquish being the Calvary and North Queensland Presbyteries and be commissioned as a new presbytery—the Carpentaria Presbytery. It was a wonderful time of thanksgiving and reflection, and a time of being excited about the future [...]

3 01, 2020

Statement – Bushfires in southern states

2020-01-03T13:17:30+10:00 3 January 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Dear friends in Christ, As news continues to unfold from our southern states of the devastating impact bushfires are having on many communities, Rev Peter Armstrong—the Chair of the Queensland Synod Disaster Response and Community Recovery Committee—and I have been in contact with the NSW/ACT and Vic/Tas Synods, and are ready to support with our [...]

4 12, 2019

Vale Sam Watson Snr

2020-01-03T11:13:54+10:00 4 December 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

First Nations Peoples Aboriginal Community Leader Sam Watson Snr passed away in Brisbane on 27 November. He was a proud Wangerriburra and Birri Gubba man, who had blood ties to the Jagera, Kalkadoon and Noonuccal Peoples. Sam was a passionate advocate for the rights of Indigenous Australians. His first political action was to hand out [...]

30 09, 2019

Statement in relation to reporting in The Australian

2019-09-30T15:24:04+10:00 30 September 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

The Australian newspaper has published an article today (30 September) on the Uniting Church’s decision on same-gender marriage.  Regrettably, the story includes a number of allegations in relation to a congregation in Queensland which are untrue. At the 15th Assembly in July 2018, the Uniting Church in Australia resolved to recognise two statements of belief on [...]

27 05, 2019

Pastoral statement by President Dr Deidre Palmer on ABC report on the Uniting Church

2019-05-27T10:37:50+10:00 27 May 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

ABC News has today regrettably published a story seeking to highlight divisions within our Church over our decision last year to allow ministers and authorised celebrants the freedom to perform same-gender marriages. The report contains many factual errors, false allegations and misrepresentations that we will seek to address with the ABC in due course. By [...]

29 03, 2019

Uniting Church Joins The National Redress Scheme

2019-03-29T16:33:45+10:00 29 March 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP has today notified the Uniting Church in Australia that the Church has met the requirements to commence participation in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The Scheme operated by the Commonwealth Government allows survivors to apply [...]

20 02, 2019

Synod office duty officer – Cyclone Oma

2019-02-20T15:12:54+10:00 20 February 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

The Bureau Of Meteorology  advice currently indicates some potential for Cyclone Oma to cross the coast in Southern Queensland over this coming weekend (23rd and 24th February). In the event of a critical incident/issue impacting entities of the Synod as a result, please contact the Synod office duty officer on call on 0439 854 253.  [...]

15 02, 2019

Statement – North Queensland floods

2019-02-15T10:18:51+10:00 15 February 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Dear friends in Christ,   The devastation and ruin occasioned by the floods in North Queensland has touched all our hearts; particularly poignant is the loss of so many cattle from flooding in areas that were previously drought stricken.   Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been disrupted, and will be [...]

4 02, 2019

Consultation Paper-Voluntary Assisted Dying 2019

2019-02-04T14:50:55+10:00 4 February 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, The Uniting Church since its inception has committed itself to bringing the truth of the gospel to the situations of human life, both individually and socially. This commitment brings us into the challenging and difficult spaces of life, where we face the vulnerability, fragility and ambiguity of existence. Last [...]