• The Uniting Church National History Society (UCNHS) was formed to preserve and promote the historical journey of the Uniting Church in Australia and its predecessor churches.

    We are a nation-wide community of people passionate about the past, present and future of our uniquely Australian church.


    Join us for just $20/yr.


    What will I get with my membership?

    Access to our Biennial Conference Publications and Resources

    Plan the future direction and priorities of the UCNHS at our Annual General Meetings


    glen oBrienMeet UCNHS’s new President

    Associate Professor Glen O’Brien

    BTh (Kingsley), MA Biblical Studies (Kingsley), MA Theological Studies (Asbury), PhD (La Trobe)

    Rev. Dr Glen O’Brien has been on the staff of Eva Burrows College, Melbourne, since 2009, having formerly served at Booth College, Sydney, as Head of Humanities and Head of Theology. He is a Uniting Church minister in the Yarra Yarra Presbytery with a placement to full time theological education in the Salvation Army. He is a member of the Salvation Army / Uniting Church Dialogue.

    As Research Coordinator at Eva Burrows College Glen administers the University of Divinity’s Higher Degrees by Research offered through the College as well as lecturing in Christian History and Theology, specialising in Wesleyan studies. He also has administrative roles in the University of Divinity, is Vice-President of the Religious History Association, a Research Fellow of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) and an Honorary Fellow of the Manchester (UK) Wesley Research Centre. He has published widely on Wesleyan and Methodist themes, and supervises doctoral research in various aspects of Methodist history and theology, Australian religious history, and eighteenth century studies.

    National Board


    Glen OBrien


    Rev. Dr Glen O’Brien


    Patricia Curthoys

    Vice President

    Dr Patricia Curthoys

    New South Wales


    Judith Raftery


    Dr Judith Raftery

    South Australia

    Bob Coote


    Mr Bob Coote

    New South Wales

    William Emilsen

    New South Wales

    Rev. Dr William Emilsen

    Alison Longworth

    Western Australia

    Rev. Dr Alison Longworth

    Julia Pitman


    Rev. Dr Julia Pitman

    Steve Orme

    Northern Territory

    Rev. Steve Orme

    Robert Renton


    Rev. Robert Renton


    Another successful conference

    The second biennial conference of the UCNHS, held in Melbourne 7-10 June 2019, attracted 54 registrations, and by all measures was a great success:

      • three stimulating keynote addresses
      • papers presented by 22 members of UCNHS on a wide variety of UCA history topics
      • a great chance to exchange ideas about history - and other matters - amongst participants
      • an inspirational visit to the Church of All Nations, Carlton, on Pentecost Sunday
      • Sunday afternoon excursions taking in several venues of historical interest
      • a splendid burst of historically informed hymn-singing
      • fascinating insights into current holdings of, and future plans for, UCA archives
      • excellent catering

    Did you miss out? Plan to be at the third biennial conference in Sydney in 2021.


    A new development: an electronic newsletter

    A decision was taken at the AGM, held as part of the recent conference, to establish an electronic newsletter.

    • This will provide members with an opportunity to keep up with all sorts of events and developments relating to UCA history and archival matters, and religious history more generally.
    • It will also be a forum for you to promote local and regional events, new publications and any other matters relavent to the aims and interests of the UCNHS.
    • Your state/regional representative on the UCNHS Board will be your link to this activity. Contact him or her with your news, questions, ideas.