Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer says the Christmas story speaks to our deepest human longings. Watch the video of her Christmas message below and read the transcript.
President Dr Deidre Palmer: Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. I’m Deidre Palmer, President of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Christmas story speaks to our deep longings as human beings for love beyond measure, peace, liberation and hope.
At Christmas, we celebrate that God is encountered in a person – a baby, Jesus.
And the story doesn’t end with a baby.
Jesus grows to become God’s embodied message of love – love that knows no bounds.
Through his life and teaching, Jesus shows that God’s love overcomes the boundaries that divide us … those barriers that are created through fear of the other, barriers created through social class, economic status, age, gender, or political allegiance.
Jesus’ call to love as God loves continues today to transform whole communities, as people draw courage to love their enemies, to overcome their differences and to work for peace and reconciliation.
Christian communities and organisations around the world today are working to address poverty, injustice and inequality, motivated by Jesus’ way of compassion.
The Christmas message is as powerful today as it was 2000 years ago.
It speaks of light shining in the darkness, love winning out over fear, hope overcoming despair.
This Christmas, I pray that you and your communities will be blessed by God’s word of hope that crosses time and cultures, to invite us into an encounter with Christ, who calls us into relationships of reconciliation and peace, that liberate hope for the whole world.
On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.