More than 30 Uniting Church members, lay and ordained, working in a wide range of councils and agencies are among 1400 people recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Three people were specifically honoured for service to the Uniting Church.
On the Australian $50 note, there is a church alongside a portrait of Indigenous Australian author, preacher, and inventor David Unaipon (1872–1967). Unaipon was the first Aboriginal person to feature on an Australian banknote. He was born on the banks of the River Murray and lived most of his life in Raukkan. The church was built in 1868, under the direction of Rev George Taplin (1831-1879). Taplin established the Point McLeay Mission in 1859 and died on 24 June 1879.
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra will be held at Casuarina Uniting Church in Darwin at 3:30pm ACST on Thursday 21 February.
As a Yolŋu person, all posthumous depictions of Rev. Garrawurra are governed by customary law. This obituary and the image that accompanies it are not to be shared on social media at the request of Rev. Garrawurra’s Djungaya. Nor is the first name he was formerly known by to be used.
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.
Dr Deidre Palmer gave the following reflection at worship at NYALC on Sunday 20 January 2019 - the day Uniting Church congregations and faith communities around Australia were asked to reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation.