‘Look Up, and See’

A Comment on the ‘Statement to the Nation’ from the First Assembly of the Uniting Church.


Forty years ago, the first Assembly of the Uniting Church delivered a ‘Statement to the Nation’.

It was deliberately framed to address all Australians, religious or not religious. It spoke to people who believe in the existence ...

Statement to the Nation

Inaugural Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia 1977

People of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches have united. A new church has been born.

We, who are members of the first Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia address the people of Australia in this historic moment. The path to unity has been long and at times difficult, but we believe ...

The day three became one

Forty years ago today the Uniting Church in Australia was born when Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists proclaimed their union at a worship service in the Sydney Town Hall.

The first half of the service was broadcast nationally by ABC Television, but it was the sense of camaraderie which accompanied the day many people fondly recall.

Former Associate General Secretary Peter ...

A national approach to combating elder abuse

UnitingCare Australia has voiced its support for a national approach to combating elder abuse following the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) elder-abuse report.

The Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response report was published last Thursday on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and outlined 43 recommendations to safeguard older people from abuse.

The 428 ...

Church agencies step up humanitarian response

UnitingWorld has been selected to be part of a new Australian government partnership to better equip Pacific communities to manage natural disasters.

The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), launched by Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop on Friday, will see the Australian government commit $50 million over five years to improve disaster preparedness in Pacific countries.

The Indo-Pacific ...

Plenty of goodwill served up at Ramadan dinner

Larry Marshall

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’: Matthew 25:35

The beautiful Islamic call to prayer echoed through the hall of St Thomas Uniting Church in Craigieburn, in the north of Melbourne, as Muslims from the Australian Intercultural ...

The youthful spirit of Pentecost

Friday Forum

Having recently celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit and the beginnings of the church, it is worth reflecting on the account of Pentecost in Acts 2.

However we understand the reality sitting behind the text, or how the text came to be as it is, we can nevertheless see a broad vision of community. ...

With courage let us all combine

UCA Assembly President Stuart McMillan said the federal government’s decision to award $70 million in compensation to asylum seekers kept in offshore detention once again showed what a moral failure the policy has been.

Mr McMillan renewed the Church’s call to close the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, bring asylum seekers to Australia to process their ...

Op shop rises from the ashes


The Bridgewater Gagebrook Uniting Church has re-opened its op shop doors again after the building was severely damaged by a deliberately lit fire on 6 April.

About $35,000 damaged was caused to the Tottenham Rd property, located in Hobart’s northern suburbs. The fire and smoke damage destroyed all goods housed inside.

The congregation has spent about 10 weeks ...


Eleven people connected with the Uniting Church in Victoria were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list released on Monday.

Julie Cox (pictured) was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) while the remaining 10 received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Ms Cox – a former teacher and director of special education ...