Twenty-three Korean ministers in the Uniting Church, along with their partners, have gathered for an important time of fellowship and sharing for the Korean National Conference (KNC) Ministry Retreat on the Sunshine Coast from 12-15 August.
The theme of the conference “Better Together, Answers in Solidarity” reflects the deep belief that it’s better to be together in God’s mission and ministry. We are working together as co-workers in the kingdom of God.
“Why couldn’t Aboriginal Christians, like Maori Christians, take control of their own destiny?”
This was the question left lingering in the mind of the late Rev. Charles Harris’ having returned from a Christian Conference of Asia gathering in the Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa New Zealand, early in 1982.
The call for Australia to take stronger action to limit climate change intensifies this week as Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with Pacific leaders in Tuvalu, a nation whose very existence is under threat from rising seas.
Ahead of the Forum, Rev. James Bhagwan, the General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, appealed to Mr Morrison calling for Australia to do more to reduce its carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy.
A new report setting out why Australia must sign on to a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released by ICAN this week. It comes on the 74th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings.
The report, titled Choosing Humanity, includes a contribution by the Uniting Church outlining the UCA’s longstanding commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons.
President Dr Deidre Palmer preached at the Conclusion of Placement for Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll on 6 August 2019.
The annual executive meeting of the Christian Conference of Asia took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a place where Christianity has a new beginning.
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is an international ecumenical body that comprises 98 churches, including the Uniting Church in Australia and National Councils of Churches.
A community collaboration led by Paddington Children’s Centre has brought new life to the Aboriginal Children’s Service (ACS) in Redfern.
The ACS is one of the enduring organisations that started up within the Aboriginal community movement in Redfern in the 1970s.
I have begun a series of roundtable conversations with young adults of the Uniting Church all over the country to hear how they see God calling us into Christ’s reconciling and renewing mission.
The first roundtable conversations took place in Canberra on 25 July.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has urged all people of the Uniting Church to show support for the global climate strike on 20 September as Pacific nation leaders declared a climate crisis this week.
Leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit meeting in Fiji expressed their deep concern for the lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” shown by developed nations to the grave consequences of climate change facing the people of the Pacific.
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.
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.