By Rev. Meredith Williams, St David's Uniting Church Dee Why
The youth and young adults from three congregations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney combined voices to "sing and make melody to the Lord" at the Youth Parliament of World Religions on 8 September.
This was one of four interfaith gatherings of young people in the Sydney region commissioned to write 'The Sydney Statement" - in part a message of encouragement to our leaders in building bridges between world religions. We collaborated to articulate a youthful vision for a faith-filled, inclusive, compassionate, open-minded and respectful society.
Each year on the Sunday before Australia Day, the Uniting Church invites people to mark a Day of Mourning acknowledging and reflecting upon the effect of the invasion and colonisation of Australia’s First Peoples.
Established by the 15th Assembly in 2018, Sunday 19th January 2020 will be the second year for the Uniting Church’s Day of Mourning.
Momentum is building as people across the Uniting Church prepare to take part in the Global Climate Action on Friday 20 September.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited Uniting Church members to show their support for the Climate Action as an expression of our commitment to address the devastation of our environment and our active participation towards God’s renewal and healing of all creation.
In two weeks on Friday 20 September, Uniting Church members will join people across the world in calling for a more urgent response to the global climate crisis.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate action led by our younger generation in cities all over the world.
How can people of different cultures and generations live out their faith together, where everyone is welcome and valued?
Around 100 people came to three different workshops in Melbourne and regional Victoria to learn more about what it means for us to be an intercultural and intergenerational church.
The Uniting Church has an important role as a participant and a contributor to the global ecumenical movement.
This was clear for Assembly Theologian-in-Residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang after an extended study trip to Heidelberg University, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and a theological gathering with the Christian Congress of Asia (CCA) in Indonesia.
Assembly Strategic Plan 2020-2023
In the last three years, the national work of the Assembly has been guided by its Strategic Plan.
It is time to review the current directions and initiatives and begin developing a new Strategic Plan that will guide the national work of the Church from 2020-2023.
It was a sweet celebration when the seven Advocates of the Assembly Circles of Interest marked the milestone of one year of the circles with birthday cake in the Assembly office last week.
The Advocates came together in Sydney, just over a year since the Circles launched as a new platform to connect people with the national work of the Uniting Church.
President Dr Deidre Palmer has officially launched the UCA’s National Safe Church Unit which will work to ensure the Uniting Church is a safe place for all.
More than 50 people representing the Assembly, synods, presbyteries and congregations attended the launch at the Queensland Synod chapel on Friday 23 August.
More than 80 young people from WCC member churches and partners around the world participated in a Korean pilgrimage of justice and peace that included a visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has divided the Korean Peninsula since 1953.
Under the theme “Walking with Peace, Reclaiming Hope”, I joined a passionate group of young pilgrims from all over the world seeking to enhance global solidarity among young people and inspire them to engage in the ecumenical movement.
Presbytery Ministers from across the country came together in the incredible, rugged natural beauty of Alice Springs for the 2019 National Presbytery Ministers’ Conference.
A group of around 50 Presbytery Ministers from around Australia with a smattering of Synod and Assembly resource people attended over four days for a time of sharing and learning from one another.