Uniting in faith and commitment

For the first time 11 of the 12 National Conference Chairs (Tongan, Niuean, Fijian, Samoan, Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, Tamil, Filipino, South Sudanese and Middle East) met with the President and Assembly Resourcing Unit in Parramatta on 24 May 2019.

Dr Deidre Palmer started the meeting with opening worship and asked a couple questions to ponder: “In your ministry context, where have you experienced/seen God’s liberating hope expressed through the life and mission of our Church?” and “What sustains you in your Christian discipleship, as you seek to faithfully follow Christ?”

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Being a church in a strange land

More than 70 seasonal workers recently arrived from the Pacific attended a Service of Welcome for Migrant Workers at the Uniting Church in Shepparton on Sunday 27 January 2019.

The church was full and filled with joyful singing in Tongan, Fijian, Samoan and English – the native languages of the men and women who’ll be picking fruit and vegetables as part of the Australian Government’s Seasonal Worker Program for the next nine months. Continue reading “Being a church in a strange land”

Joy for all at Indonesian Christmas celebration

More than 150 people attended a special Indonesian Christmas Celebration at Glen Waverley Uniting Church in Melbourne which brought together different cultures and faiths.

Glen Waverley Indonesian Fellowship hosted the service. Special guests included the Consul General of Indonesia for Victoria and Tasmania Ms Spica Alphanya Tutuhatunewa, City of Monash Deputy Mayor Cr Brian Little and Indonesian leaders from different churches and faiths.

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Hope and Unity for Sth Sudanese Australians

South Sudanese Church leaders from seven different denominations and seven different states attended the National Council of Churches in Australia’s first national peacebuilding consultation in Canberra on May 15- 16.

I supported Uniting Church South Sudanese representatives Rev. Amel Manyon and Rev. Paul Dau who attended along with South Sudanese representatives from the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Salvation Army, Presbyterian and Baptist Churches. Continue reading “Hope and Unity for Sth Sudanese Australians”

First UCA Indonesian Congregation turns 32

It gave me great joy to attend the 32nd anniversary celebration of the first Indonesian Congregation within the Uniting Church in Australia.

At St Andrew’s Gardiner in Malvern in south-east Melbourne, the Church was full with more that 300 people of different ages, languages, cultures, traditions, all joyfully singing and worshipping God who is faithful to them. Continue reading “First UCA Indonesian Congregation turns 32”