Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer has called on the nation’s politicians to show leadership that will unite rather than divide Australians following the Bourke Street attack in Melbourne.
Dr Palmer expressed her deep sympathy for the family of much-loved restaurateur Sisto Malaspina who was stabbed and killed in the attack on 9 November.
Members of the new Assembly Standards for Ministries Committee met for the first time this week.
The Committee is tasked with advising the Assembly on the standards required within the Uniting Church for both the training of people to minister within the Uniting Church and also the admission of ministers from other denominations.
Levon Kardashian is the Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Middle East National Conference (MENC).
There were a few moments during the Middle East National Conference that transformed me and reminded me of home. Home in this case being Lebanon.
We shared meals together eating a mix of Lebanese foods.
Church leaders from the Pacific region have explored themes of displacement and captivity at the 11th General Assembly of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).
Over seven days from 26 October to 1 November representatives of the PCC’s 34 member churches and 11 national councils of churches shared worship and built ecumenical community at the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in the Auckland suburb of Mangere.
This prayer is for the 189 people who lost their lives on a Lion Air plane that crashed in Indonesia on Monday 29 October.
O everlasting God, giver of life,
we come before you in sorrow and prayers.
Today we pray for 189 victims in the plane crash outside of Jakarta.
We hear the cries of orphaned children and bereaved parents
We feel the pain of partners and family members
We behold all of them in our prayers.
The 4th Filipino National Conference of the UCA met on 19-21 October 2018, gathering close to 40 participants from New South Wales, Victoria/Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
This year’s conference theme, “God’s Mission in the Filipino Diaspora”, was elaborated in two keynote speeches. Bishop Rex Reyes, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP), spoke on the roles that Filipinos in diaspora would take to follow God “who became flesh to be in solidarity with God’s creation”.
I was privileged to attend the Samoan National Conference (SNC) Leadership Weekend on 19-20 October at Lidcombe Samoan Uniting Church in Sydney.
About 50 Samoan Uniting Church leaders came together from different parts of the country to be enriched by the unity of their faith, to share in the joys and challenges of ministry and to explore how they can better serve their community.
President Dr Deidre Palmer has renewed the Uniting Church’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, following the historic National Apology at Parliament House in Canberra.
“For anyone who was abused in the care of the Uniting Church, in our churches, schools or agencies, I’d again like to apologise sincerely. I am truly sorry that we didn’t protect and care for you in accordance with our Christian values,” said Dr Palmer.”
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has joined faith and community leaders in calling for children being held in detention on Nauru to be brought to safety in Australia.
The call was made as more than 800 people converged in front of Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday at a rally organised by Rural Australians for Refugees.
Canberra Presbytery Co-Chair John Williams read the letter on behalf of Dr Palmer calling on political leaders to act with compassion and decency.