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Faith

Why Defence chaplains carry Bibles, not guns

Whether on the front line with Australian troops or working with military personnel and their families, Defence Force chaplains like Uniting Church minister Rev Charles Vesely are a potent reminder that the end state of conflict is always peace.

Faith

Prayers for the Presbytery & Synod meeting

All Uniting Church members are encouraged to pray for those attending the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting, which will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church from 23-25 November.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on waiting and the wisdom of God's timing.

News

Marriage discussions continue

On Wednesday 15 November, the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey were announced - 61.6% (7.82 million) “yes” to 38.4% (4.87 million) “no”. This article looks at the continuing conversations about marriage taking place in the Uniting Church.

Faith

A ‘divine miracle’

At 10 years old, Paul Aleu Dau walked 2,400 kilometres from Sudan to Ethiopia to escape civil war. He came to Australia as a refugee. This month, he was ordained as Uniting Church minister. Read more about Paul's amazing story and recent ordination.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on being awake and alert to the needs of those around us.

News

UCA leaders release pastoral statement

The Uniting Church President and the Moderators of each Uniting Church Synod have released a pastoral statement related to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, the results of which will be released on Wednesday 15 November.

Faith

The setting sun

Pastor Paul Glazbrook reflects on his past four years of service as Patrol Minister for the Parkin-Sturt Patrol in South Australia. He is due to conclude his time in this role at the end of 2017.

Leadership

Last chance for proposals

Proposals presented at Presbytery & Synod meetings provide a way for individuals and congregations to help shape the future of the Uniting Church SA. The deadline for proposals submissions for the November 2017 meeting is Thursday 9 November.

Faith

Reflection of the week

In the lead up to Remembrance Day (11 November), this week's reflection focuses on the importance of silence to reflect and recharge.

News

A dead hand on the heart

National leaders of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have lamented the Federal Government’s failure to embrace greater national representation for First Peoples.

Faith

Reformation and the Uniting Church

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Dr Janice McRandal explores both the Uniting Church and the Reformation to commemorate these significant anniversaries.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on Matthew 23:1-7, and what qualities we look for in church leaders.

News

Do not walk away from Manus refugees, says UCA President

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has called on the Australian Government to ensure the safety of refugees on Manus Island upon the closure of the main detention facility on Tuesday 31 October.

Culture

Does religion do more harm than good?

A recent article based on result from an Ipsos Poll reported that two out of three Australians think that religion does more harm than good. Rev Prof Andrew Dutney explores the results of this poll and the role of the church in Australia.

News

Lay people living faith

Lay people have been providing leadership in mission and ministry within local congregations and their wider communities in SA since 1836. A new book explores the history of lay leadership and ministry in the Uniting Church SA and its preceding denominations.