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Calling all Presbytery Ministers: Let's talk future

The Act2 conversation about the future shape of the Uniting Church is seeking input from Presbytery Ministers across the country.

UCA President Rev Sharon Hollis and General Secretary Colleen Geyer will host the Act2 Presbytery Ministers National Consultation on 22 October and 5 November 2021, with a 
focus on the future of the UCA through the lens of Presbyteries, ministry and mission.

What do we need to remember about who we are as the UCA as we look to the future? What challenges and realities do we need to face? What do we need to encourage, support and resource in ministry and mission?

If you haven't already, read all about what Act2 is and why it is important for us to have this conversation now. Keep an eye out for the many opportunities to participate across the Church or email your ideas now

Meet the Advocate: Discipling the Next Generations

We're very excited to introduce the Advocates for the Assembly Circles of Interest for this triennium who were commissioned this week!  As we've been exploring our Intergenerational commitments as a church, we're delighted to share this video from Discipling the Next Generations Advocate Virginia Lavaki who invites us to join the Circle in finding ways to empower, enrich and encourage not only the future generations but the now generations.

Growing Up Uniting: a new narrative for our Church

For many years a powerful narrative about the ageing profile of our communities has been shaping the UCA, writes Bethany Broadstock, but the collection of essays in the newly published book Growing Up Uniting reminds us of the new generations that call the Uniting Church home. Their reflections offer a glimpse into their experiences and their hopes for a movement that is "committed to walk into the future."

Giving thanks for the faithful service of Stuart McMillan

The Uniting Church Assembly last week gave thanks for the enormous contribution of Stuart McMillan on his retirement from formal ministry. His final words were an encouragement to truly live as an intercultural church,
“We must hold this sense that when we work alongside each other, share together, listen deeply and grow in both faith and perspective, God can do so much more than we can ask or imagine.” 

“Preventing violence against women is everyone’s business"

On the virtual sidelines of the inaugural National Summit on Women's Safety, UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little has said partnerships from all sectors with local community engagement must be a focal point of a national plan to prevent violence against women. Read the media release outlining UnitingCare's policy priorities.

"In relation with all creation"

As we mark the Season of Creation across the Church, the team at Leprena UAICC Tasmania has shared a blessing by proud Palawa woman Alison Overeem, and other resources that tell the story of First Peoples' living on and caring for creation in Lutruwita (Tasmania). Check out this and other prayers and resources.

"Someone that's there to help me"

This week as the Uniting Church marks its first Child Safe Week, we are reminded by our youngest members about what it means to be safe. Hear from them and find out what's been happening across the Church this week.

First update from the new ASC

The new Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) met together for the first time via video-conference on 27-29 August 2021. Read about the business of the meeting, including new appointments to Assembly bodies. 

Invitation to prayerful solidarity with the Catholic Church

UCA President Rev Sharon Hollis has written to congregations and ministers inviting them to pray for the Australian Catholic Church as it begins its historic Plenary Council next month.

Let's Yarn about our Intergenerational Church

Tomorrow night Thursday 9 September is your chance to join an online conversation with the Assembly Resourcing Unit about what our Intergenerational church looks like from where you stand and yarn about future possibilities.

Celebrating Older Persons Sunday

UnitingCare Australia is encouraging Uniting Church congregations to recognise the human rights and dignity of older people in worship on 3 October, the first Sunday after the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons. A range of resources will be made available from Uniting Friends of Ageing.

Send love and fight poverty!

Counting down to Christmas? UnitingWorld’s set of eight beautiful Christmas cards are now ready for pre-order. These cards bring hope and joy not just to friends and family, but to people working hard to free themselves from poverty overseas. Order now for delivery in early October!

Print and Digital Production Coordinator - MediaCom Education

A great opportunity has arisen for a part-time Print and Digital Production Coordinator with a strong background in graphic design, website management and print production to join a small but hard-working, Christian team at MediaCom Education.
Director of Indigenous Education - MLC School, Sydney

The MLC School in Sydney seeks a Director of Indigenous Education to provide pastoral and academic leadership towards an outstanding program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including advice to ensure cultural safety for these students and their families.
  • The Uniting Church as it discerns and engages in a far-reaching conversation across the church about the future shape of the UCA.
  • The Circle of Interest Advocates who begin their work for this triennium inviting people into conversation and connection across key areas in the life of our Church. 
  • Stuart McMillan on his retirement from ministry with the Church nationally after a long and significant contribution to the life of our Church. 
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