Talking the talk for NAIDOC Week

Uniting Church president Stuart McMillan has offered a greeting in the Yolgnu language in celebration of NAIDOC Week.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme ­– Our Languages Matter – recognises the essential role Indigenous languages play in shaping the cultural identity and spirituality of First Peoples.

Prior to colonisation, more than 250 Indigenous language groups were spoken throughout the ...

“Someone standing beside me” – the role of prison chaplaincy

As the number of incarcerated people in Victoria reaches a historic high, a former prisoner has called for greater chaplaincy support in the state’s correctional facilities.

Allison served six months in jail for employment theft. The mother-of-two recounted her story at the 2017 Victorian Prison Chaplaincy Conference, held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre last week.

Approximately 75 prison ...

Uniting in marking a special day


On 1 July, employees and volunteers from 24 separate Church entities officially came together as one organisation under the Uniting banner. Merging as one organisation is a significant milestone for the delivery of community services by the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

Staff and volunteers from the founding agencies are celebrating the occasion with numerous ...

Ignored anniversary a chance to recognise new path

Friday Forum

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders have continued to speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention, which passed its 10th anniversary this month with little attention from political leaders and the mainstream media.

In a pre-recorded video message to a forum on the Intervention anniversary held on Melbourne’s RMIT campus on Thursday Congress and Yolgnu ...

Students are MAD keen and green

More than 600 students from prep to year 12 have rolled up their sleeves this week and gotten MAD as part of Cornish College’s Make A Difference Week activities.

Students planted 300 heathland plants on the Uniting Church school’s grounds in Melbourne’s south and participated in a number of other activities to enhance the school and serve the ...

John Safran says we still need to talk about religion

 

The recent national Census may have recorded a decline in religious affiliation but John Safran says faith and belief still can’t be conveniently relabelled as something else in contemporary Australia.

Religion has long been a preoccupation for Safran in his eclectic and sometimes provocative backlog of TV and radio work plus print and online journalism.

In his ...

UCA still third largest religious group according to Census


The 2016 Census figures released today show that a majority of Australians (57.7 per cent) still identify as Christian amid a long term trend of falling religious affiliation.

When asked to list their religious affiliation, more than 13.5 million Australians chose Christianity, almost twice as many as chose the No Religion response.

More than 870,000 people – ...

Churches call for anti-slavery law

A coalition of Australian churches and religious organisations called on the federal government to implement a Modern Slavery Act at a parliamentary inquiry on Friday.

Slavery in Australia is often hidden in plain sight. An estimated 4300 people are enslaved across Australia. Many are migrant workers who are controlled by their employers through psychological abuse or debt bondage.

An inquiry ...

‘Look Up, and See’

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

(REV DR) LORRAINE PARKINSON

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 ...