UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer shared the following speech at the UCA and Affinity Building Harmony Virtual Iftar on 13 May 2020.

The air we’re breathing in our most populated cities is cleaner. 

We can see mountains unobstructed by the haze of pollution.

Our children are getting outside, and enjoying the beauty of creation.

There seem to be more birds and animals around, but perhaps we’re just noticing them more.

These are some of the stories we are hearing emerge as some of the positive outcomes to the safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Colleen Geyer
Leadership and Theology Symposium, Adelaide, February 2020

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Abstract:

The Uniting Church was built on an innovative and forward-looking idea, though built in a particular time and context. Still only a young church, it has grown and become more than could have been imagined at its birth and faced many challenges along the way. As we look to the future what type of leaders do we need and what challenges will they face? Can we as the Uniting Church be bold enough to listen to our history, step away from what has always been, be open to where God is leading us and step aside for the leaders who will take us there?

On 24 January 2020, President Dr Deidre Palmer took part in a forum in Sydney organised by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre on the latest version of the Religious Freedom Bills drafted by the Federal Government.

On Saturday 7 December 2019, Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer delivered the keynote address at the annual Parramatta Mission Peace dinner.

Dr Palmer spoke on the theme: “Walking together on pathways of peace.”

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the opening worship of the 2019 Tongan Conference 

President Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Conclusion of Placement for Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll on 6 August 2019. 

General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Rev. James Bhagwan was one of the keynote speakers at the UCA President’s Conference in Fiji from 13-17 July 2019.

In an interview reflecting his key themes, James shares how the Pacific is on a journey of self-determination, reclaiming itself as a large “liquid continent” and people connected by the ocean. He reflects on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific where land and sea are bound to culture and a sense of belonging. He describes the work of the PCC and the role of the Church find ways to both speak truth to power and find practical responses from the grassroots up.

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Here is a transcript of his interview.

For many generations, Westerners have continued to look at the Pacific as small dots in a big ocean.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer delivered this sermon at Lautoka Methodist Church in Fiji on Sunday 14 July 2019 at a combined service of the local congregation and members of the 2019 UCA President's Conference.

BIBLE READINGS: Luke 8:1-3 and Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)

Some Women Accompany Jesus

8 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others

President Dr Deidre Palmer offered this reflection at the Memorial Service for Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island on 14 June 2019.

BIBLE READINGS: John 14: 1-27 and Romans 8:35-39 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

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