Indigenous Hospitality House launches appeal

The Indigenous Hospitality House has launched its first appeal asking for help to provide low-cost accommodation for regional and rural Indigenous people visiting Melbourne for medical reasons or to support a family member in hospital.

The appeal, launched during Reconciliation Week, aims to fill a financial gap after a local hospital ended its annual $15,000 donation.

Since its inception in ...

Narana Centre swells with Indigenous pride

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is preparing to welcome some of Australia’s top Indigenous surfers, but can also boast a title holder of its own.

On 30 May, the centre will hold an opening event for the eighth Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, which are to be held over the following three days at Bells Beach.

For Narana’s Aboriginal Cultural Educator, Anthony ...

UCA reaffirms same-gender marriage stance

The Uniting Church has strongly restated its stance on same-gender marriage in the wake of what UCA National President Dr Deidre Palmer called a “regrettable” and factually incorrect ABC story on purported divisions over the issue.

In a pastoral statement to the church on 26 May following the ABC story, Dr Palmer assured members who may have been disturbed by ...

Serving up goodwill

Peace, love and unity were on the menu at an Iftar dinner held at Ivanhoe Uniting Church on 18 May.

The event, which was jointly staged by the Victorian Council of Churches and Islamic Council of Victoria, invited Christians and Muslims to share more than just a meal.

Barriers were broken and friendships were forged, with conversation and understanding flowing ...

A call for unity after Sri Lanka bombing

In the wake of the horrific bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, Uniting Church Reverend Dev Anandarajan has called for people to come together and reject violence and disunity.

Mr Anandarajan, who is the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania’s Intercultural Leadership Development Coordinator, said the attack was “very un-Sri Lankan”.

“We are a country which prides itself on being ...

Sri Lankan Easter bombings response and prayer from Moderator

UCA Moderator of Victoria and Tasmania Rev Sharon Hollis has made the following response to the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka:

On the day when Christians around the world have gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ I, like so many, am shocked and angry at the violence of the attack on Sri Lankan churches and hotels and ...

UCA makes its presence felt at Palm Sunday march

Uniting Church members were out in force across Victoria and Tasmania to support the Palm Sunday rallies against offshore detention of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru islands.

In Melbourne, Moderator Sharon Hollis joined a couple of hundred other UCA members to march behind a prominent Synod banner following a rally held in front of the State ...

Budget has no surplus of compassion, UCA leaders say

UCA President of the National Assembly Dr Deidre Palmer has responded to the 2019 federal Budget by encouraging Australians to put the urgent needs of others ahead of short-term self-interest.

The Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Canberra on 2 April, has promised $158 billion in income tax cuts over a decade on the back of projected surpluses ...

Double Take: Joy Han and Jiny Lee

Joy Han

I grew up in country NSW and Victoria, attending country UC congregations. My family were typically the only ethnic Koreans around for miles. I think that is not common among the other ethnic Koreans I have met, especially from the city.

I came to Melbourne to study at university and joined the Korean Church of ...

UCA given green light to be in Redress Scheme


The Uniting Church in Australia has been officially included in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP today notified the Church that it has met the requirements to commence participation in the Scheme.

President Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed ...

UCA calls for end of gas tax loophole

Gas producers aren’t paying a fair share of tax and the government’s plans to cut back their future concessions do not go far enough, Synod’s Senior Social Justice Advocate Mark Zirnsak says.

In November, the government announced it would close a loophole allowing gas explorers to reduce the tax on offshore projects by transferring the deductions claimed against ...

A voice for justice and hope

The Uniting Church in Australia has released a comprehensive vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation ahead of the looming federal election.

The statement Our Vision for a Just Australia is a resource that will assist Church members think about major issues, hold group discussions or host public forums with local candidates ahead of the election, predicted to ...