4 12, 2019

Vale Sam Watson Snr

2019-12-05T10:34:04+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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 [...]

25 01, 2019

Vale Rev Jeffrey R Garrawurra

2019-01-25T15:20:31+00:00 25 January 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress mourn the passing of the former National Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra. We pay tribute to his faithful and dedicated service to God’s mission throughout his extraordinary life. Jeffrey R Garrawurra was born on [...]

21 01, 2019

Pastoral Letter – Post 15th Assembly Update

2019-01-21T11:42:35+00:00 21 January 2019|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

To all Congregations and Faith Communities Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings in this new year, that brings fresh opportunities, as we serve Christ together as the Uniting Church in Australia. I am greatly encouraged by the ways the Uniting Church is engaging in mission and exercising ministry through our local churches, Presbyteries, Synods, [...]

11 12, 2018

Historic milestone for religious instruction in Queensland

2018-12-11T12:40:33+00:00 11 December 2018|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

For the first time in Queensland's history, faith groups have come together in a unified peak body to represent religious instruction in Queensland's state schools. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed that brings together 15 Christian groups as well as Queensland representatives from the Islamic, Jewish, Baha’i and Buddhist faiths under the name Multi-Faiths [...]