Uniting Church in Australia Assembly - News
Tuesday, 07 January 2020

Disaster Chaplaincy updates

The Assembly's National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson is providing regular updates on disaster chaplaincy responses to bushfire and heatwave emergencies across Australia. In a number of states of Australia, the UCA and its agencies coordinate ecumenical and interfaith chaplaincy for state governments. Uniting Church ministers are front and centre of what is historically the largest scale chaplaincy response on record.

Bookmark this page for regular updates:

Thursday, 21 November 2019

ASC Update November 2019

The Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) met in Sydney, 8-10 November.

National Climate Action Plan: The ASC received an update on the Assembly’s response to climate change, through the development of a National Climate Action Plan. ASC member Catherine Pepper and Associate General Secretary Rob Floyd presented a draft Plan which identifies three areas of focus – the Prophetic, the Practical and the Pastoral. The draft Plan sets a target to reduce emissions by 5% per annum across all parts of the Assembly with a view to reaching zero net emissions by 2040. Further engagement with Synods, Agencies and the UAICC will take place alongside identification of operational pathways to implement the Plan.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Remembering Bill Hollingsworth

Former National Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Pastor Bill Hollingsworth is being laid to rest at a funeral service in Cairns today. As we remember Bill and send our condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues, we’re  sharing some archival material from Bill’s amazing life.

The following is a Minute of Appreciation prepared for the Queensland Synod ahead of Bill’s retirement in 2002. The Minute was compiled by John Adams, Lurleen Blackman and Andy King – and captures his unique ministry.

Minute for Pastor Bill Hollingsworth — Retiring 31.12.2002 for UCA Synod 2002

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Being a church of radical welcome

The Uniting Church seeks to be an intercultural and intergenerational church, with people of different cultures and ages living out their faith as God’s people together.

But what does this look like in practice?

What are the challenges?

More importantly – how do we meet those challenges together as the body of Christ?

These questions were at the heart of a three-day workshop which we led at the Beenleigh Uniting Church in the southeast of Brisbane from 14-16 November.

Australians are bracing for more fires and extreme temperatures after a week of deadly bushfires.

The Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson says it’s been a very, very difficult time for a lot of people.

“Over 300 houses now destroyed and a lot of other outbuildings and a lot of property and stock loss as well as that."

“A lot of people are out of their homes. There've been quite a few evacuation centres opened - up to 15 or 16 - over the week the total number has been up to 20.”

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of Pastor Bill Hollingsworth on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Bill was a lay pastor in Calvary Presbytery in the Queensland Synod and is well known as a founding member and former Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Bill began his life in lay ministry around Cairns in 1959 and from the late 1960s was a lay pastor in a number of Pentecostal churches in the Cairns and Gordonvale areas, and on Thursday Island.

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a message of solidarity with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).

The past week has seen the Philippines Government tag the NCCP as part of "front communist organisations" it says are working to undermine its government.

In her message Dr Palmer said that "calling the work of the body of Christ terrorism is an affront to all Christians".

Thursday, 07 November 2019

Cool response to Voice proposal

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have expressed reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an Indigenous voice to government.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says the “voice to government” will ensure that First Peoples are heard at all levels of government - local, state and federal.

However the proposal falls short of “the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution” which was the specific request of First Peoples leaders in their 2017 Statement from the Heart.

President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev. Garry Dronfield says he has mixed feelings about the Federal Government proposal.