Moderator's Bushfire Letter

2020 Course Guide now available

‘One thing about the Uniting Church that particularly appeals to me is the strong belief it has in its people.’

DENISE LIERSCH, MODERATOR

‘The heart of life is loving God,
loving neighbour and loving self.’

REV DR SALLY DOUGLAS, MINISTER RICHMOND UC

‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’

1 Timothy 4:12

‘We need to strongly empower people of different generations so they can offer leadership in developing relationships with people .’

REV DEACON MAT HARRY

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Donations & bequests

Bequests

Bequests are critical to the work we do, helping us with education, social justice, community support and continuing our faith and mission.  After providing for your family, a bequest is a special way of ensuring the mission of the Church is sustained.

Intercultural Communities & Leadership

Intercultural Communities

The connection between people of different backgrounds enriches us. We have 22 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse congregations and worship in 14 languages other than English.

UCA Schools

Associated Schools

Our associated schools educate a combined 14,400 students. They provide a learning community that offers young people spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical growth, and reverence for the environment.

Uniting AgeWell

Uniting AgeWell

Our specialised aged care services include residential care, home care, allied health and therapy services, carer support and respite services, social support, transitional care and independent retirement living.

Crosslight

Crosslight

Crosslight is a free bi-monthly 40-page magazine which is delivered to all of our presbyteries and congregations. Launched in 1992, it is a cherished and trusted source of news, views and reviews that educate and inform its more than 31,000 readers.  

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

We are committed to providing safe environments where children are cared for, respected, nurtured and sustained. We have zero tolerance of all forms of child abuse and will do all in our power to safeguard children from it.

Social Justice

Social Justice

Our Justice and International Mission unit works with congregations and social justice networks to shift and shape public policy towards a fair and just world. It provides regular opportunities for you to be an active voice for justice in the wider community.

U Ethical

U Ethical

We are an ethical funds manager which grants most of its operating surplus to social justice advocacy and community programs. Formerly known as UCA Funds Management, U Ethical is an autonomous social enterprise of the Uniting Church.

Disability Inclusion

Disability Inclusion

We are committed to ensuring people with disabilities are equal participants in all of our activities. We work with individuals, congregations and presbyteries, and a range of organisations beyond the Synod.

Pilgrim Theological College

Pilgrim Theological College

We offer the highest standards of scholarship in theology, philosophy and ministry. It is one of many colleges that form part of the University of Divinity in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Uniting

Uniting

Our community services organisation works across Victoria and Tasmania, partnering with people to build their capacity and confidence so they can look forward to a brighter, healthier and happier future.

Youth

Youth & Young Adults

We assist young people form and develop their faith and have a positive impact on their community. We do this by consulting, advocating, resourcing and training leaders, congregations and presbyteries.

Church rallies to help bushfire-devastated areas

In partnership with Uniting Vic.Tas, our Synod continues to be actively involved in assisting communities ravaged by the current bushfires.

Wesley Church enters new era of worship and witness

The 161-year-old Wesley Church is welcoming back worshippers after a painstaking period of restoration.

On the frontline of East Gippsland bushfire defence

Longtime Bairnsdale UC member Alan Cracknell is typical of those prepared to swap their Sunday best for the yellow uniform of volunteer firefighters whenever the need arises.

First Peoples knew the creator God before colonialism

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre Uncle Vince Ross explains how the spirituality of the First Peoples is compatible, and even complementary, to Christianity.

Turning the church back into a youth centre

The ways in which the Church engages with children has come a long way from traditional Sunday school. Now it’s a lot more fun, but still with a touch of class.

Camping in the shadow of a catastrophe

Ellaine Downie shares her experience of holidaying in Gippsland when the devastating bushfires ignited.

Double Take: Ian Brain and William Clark

Uniting Housing provides affordable accommodation to vulnerable people. We speak with outgoing CEO Ian Brain and grateful tenant, William Clark.

Double Take: Frank and Wendy Johnston

Manningham Uniting Church members and serial volunteers Frank and Wendy Johnston talk about giving back and living life to the full.

Double Take: Anne Warren and Alison Overeem

Kingston Uniting Church member Anne Warren and Leprena Centre Manager Alison Overeem talk about their friendship and walking together as First and Second Peoples.

Sex, sin, shame and the virgin birth

"There is no suggestion in the biblical text that consensual sex is anything other than a gift from God."

Why the Bible welcomes a gender spectrum

"We cannot simply pull a sentence or two from the Bible as if it offers the final word on sex and gender."

Jesus as a newborn baby opens us up to God’s love

"In the face of a tiny innocent child in need of love and protection, our own disagreements, grudges, harboured hurts and disappointments can seem petty."

Theologising across cultures

Centre for Theology & Ministry

How does culture shape and reflect belief? As Australian theologians, how can we engage more deeply with Aboriginal wisdom?

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Education under Occupation – Brother Peter Bray

Welsey Church Melbourne

Brother Peter Bray, Vice-Chancellor at Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, will be speaking at Wesley Church Melbourne.

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The Living People of God: Local, Global and Mission

Centre for Theology & Ministry

Come and learn a lot more about the world church – how do the challenges and joys of local church life compare with those in Asia and Africa?

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Meet our senior leadership

Moderator
General Secretary