Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer and Rob Floyd and Rev Dr Apwee Ting from the Assembly Resourcing Unit staff held a videoconference catch-up with leaders of nine National Conferences within the UCA on 22 April 2020.
The meeting included leaders from our Fijian, Ibero-Latino, Middle East, Korean, Samoan, Tamil, Chinese, Tongan and Filipino National Conferences.
After opening the meeting, Deidre provided an update of the Church’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other work currently being undertaken by the Assembly.
Each National Conference leader shared from their own context in the midst of COVID-19.
President Dr Deidre Palmer and the Moderators of the six UCA Synods have released a seven-day devotional resource for the Church.
"What Sustains Us" is a collective reflection on faith and spiritual practice, shared with love and hope in the time of COVID-19.
“I invite Uniting Church members to reflect on: how your faith is sustaining you through this challenging time,” said Dr Palmer.
There are some major changes in the UAICC national leadership.
National President Rev Garry Dronfield has tendered his resignation to the UAICC National Executive and the Assembly Standing Committee.
Rev. Mark Kickett of the South Australian UAICC has been appointed as interim Chairperson until the next Congress National Conference in April 2021.
On behalf of the National Executive, Rev. Kickett thanked Rev. Dronfield for his commitment to Congress over the past 2½ years as President, and as Deputy Chairperson from 2015 to 2018.
Uniting Church agencies have joined other major not-for-profit providers in a battle to get Federal Government COVID-19 support applied to their work in the community sector.
Muslims across the world have entered Ramadan, a month dedicated to fasting, prayer and acts of charity.
Just as Christians experienced over Easter, Ramadan this year will be very different for Muslim communities, as the COVID-19 crisis keeps everyone physically apart.
Dr Deidre Palmer has announced that her 2020 President’s Conference will go ahead in Adelaide from October 2-5, as originally scheduled.
“We are looking at online options, and a variety of ways of connecting with live-streaming, pre-recorded interviews, and Adelaide based panels, that people can connect to around the country,” said Dr Palmer.
“I am optimistic that by then that there will be options for us to gather in smaller groups face to face. We will work according to any of the safety measures that the Government and health professionals have put in place.”
The theme of the Conference is “Called by God”. It will focus on living our Christian vocation in our daily life and one of the Uniting Church’s key foundations “every member ministry”.
Like all major public events during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ANZAC Day services are closed to the public.
The following information is offered to UCA worship leaders looking to resource their congregations and faith communities through this year’s unique and different ANZAC commemorations.
We are grateful to our UCA Defence Force Chaplains for their advice and assistance in compiling this information, and in recording a special online ANZAC Day service.
The medical, social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been immense. Amid the suffering we can draw hope from the way individuals and communities have stepped up to help each other through these hard times.
The message of hope found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was proclaimed in people’s homes as Uniting Church members celebrated Easter in new and creative ways.
Christian Churches all over the world marked Easter differently this year responding to physical distancing protocols to keep people safe and slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.